Malaysian Airlines 370 tragedy still remains unsolved, although authorities say special search equipment is being used to locate the plane. On March 8, the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 departed from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport carrying 239 passengers including twelve crew members. The flight was scheduled to reach the Beijing Capital International Airport within a few hours.
According to sources, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 dropped all contact with air traffic controllers within an hour after takeoff. Hours later, many people had placed phone calls to Malaysian Airlines regarding the untimely arrival of the flight. Once Malaysians authorities were able to verify the plane was undeniably late, it became obvious the flight was missing in action.
After releasing statements at a press conference later the same day, Malaysian Airlines authorities began conducting a search immediately. Two pilots from Vietnam flew across the South China Sea and the Gulf of Vietnam. They attempted to make contact with the fallen airliner’s black boxes, but the airspace technique was unsuccessful. The few satellite waves picked up during that time were all inconclusive.
Malaysian Airlines 370 tragedy still remains unsolved, although different teams of forensic investigators spent many months combing the ocean’s surface looking for any remnants of the lost flight. Chinese experts used a satellite to search millions of footage across the Indian Ocean and the South China Seas, but no signs were found. Therefore, it was concluded that evidence of the vanished flight could not be disclosed.
The tragic incident comes as a mystery to many and has received worldwide scrutiny from philanthropists and scholars alike. The passengers of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 were from over 15 nations, including North America, South America and Europe. The loss of lives was tremendous, and families of the victims on the flight have no information other than the flight merely disappeared.
One week after the disappearance a new search was executed by the military, who determined the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was actually rerouted after losing contact with air traffic controllers. Within a month, naval ships were directed to the southern Indian Ocean, hoping to pick up a signal from the flight’s black boxes. The costs for the expedition is said to have reached more than $1 million.
Malaysian Airlines representatives have since handed over most of the responsibility for finding the flight to the Australian authorities. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan considers the challenge of locating the flight very doable, although many obstacles are present. Dolan also noted that extra money from the Australian government would make it less difficult to search for the plane.
Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein continues to work closely with Australia to ensure that all possible efforts are being made to bring home an answer to the many families who are suffering and waiting to hear the final outcome. Hussein was the prime minister at the time the flight disappeared. A few weeks ago, however, Prime Minister Liow Tiong Lai was appointed and is actively supervising the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 fatality that occurred last week claiming the lives of 298 passengers.
Malaysian Airlines was hit by a double catastrophe from the unexpected losses of their Boeing 777 jetliners. Because the total death rate is so high, many people are wondering if the best solution for the airlines is to close its business. Flight 17 went down over a rebel-held area in Ukraine, while the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 still remains an unsolved tragedy.
By Kimakra Nealy