Malaysia Airlines investigators remain split over the direction of the probe into the missing jetliner. Authorities continue to look for clues in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was bound for Beijing, China when it vanished. Search efforts resumed in the waters off Vietnam on Monday. However, air-safety and anti-terror authorities investigating the incident appeared equally stumped about what direction the probe should take.
The flight was cruising over the Gulf of Thailand with 239 passengers on board when it suddenly disappeared from air-traffic control radar screens less than one hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur Saturday morning. None of the plane’s transmitters emitted distress signals before shutting down. Experts have theorized the missing jetliner could have experienced extreme mechanical failure, sabotage, or possible terrorist activity. However, these possibilities are conjecture at this point and the lack of wreckage does not help authorities move closer to the truth behind the jetliner’s disappearance.
Malaysia Airlines investigators remain split over the direction of the probe into the missing jetliner because there remains no leading cause of the jetliner’s suspected crash and what details are known have proven unusual and baffling to air-safety experts. Additional answers could come as pieces of the wreckage are retrieved. Authorities have managed to determine some facts involved in this ongoing mystery. Malaysia aviation regulators have confirmed that five passengers listed on the flight manifest did not board the missing flight and no wreckage from the plane have been discovered yet.
Investigators continue to search for two essential pieces of evidence. The first piece is the jetliner’s black box, which is bright orange in color to be visible in crash debris. It contains two parts–the flight data recorder and the cockpit recorder, which would provide investigators with a record of electronic instructions and cockpit interactions prior to impact. However, the black box only emits a signal for 30 days.
Additionally, investigators have also confirmed the use of stolen passports by two passengers on the missing flight, which has raised security concerns and could indicate possible terrorist activity. Malaysian authorities confirmed on Monday they have identified one of the two men who used stolen passports to board the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. However, they are neither releasing his identity nor specific details related to the man including his nationality. They have said that he is neither a Malaysian nor is he from China; he is black, and has a physical resemblance to Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli. Moreover, authorities were investigating the possibility the men were connected to a stolen passport syndicate.
Investigators involved in the Malaysia Airlines disappearance continue to remain perplexed and split over the direction of the probe, due to the fact that jetliners do not simply disappear and fall out of the sky without warning, unless there is sabotage or some catastrophic structural failure. Thus far, investigators haven’t indicated whether they have firm leads on either possibility. However, investigators have stated that sabotage appears unlikely at this point. Therefore, investigators remain uncertain of which direction the probe should pursue.
This story is developing and the investigation into the missing flight is ongoing.
By Leigh Haugh