In a world where we can be tracked by out mobile phones, CCTV and spy satellites, things do not just disappear, especially not a big thing like a jumbo jet. But Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 did.
A wide-bodied Boeing 777 is so large that you could barely park it on a football field. But soon after a routine takeoff from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on the night of 7 March 2014, Flight MH370 disappeared from the radar with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board. No one could even be sure where it was last seen. Debris was spotted hundreds, then thousands of miles apart, only to be discounted.
For weeks this real-life version of the hit TV show Lost gripped the world. Even Russia’s invasion of the Crimea couldn’t keep it off the front pages. Were those on board to be found alive on a mysterious tropical island? Had they crashed into the sea? Had the plane been hijacked or brought down by a terrorist bomb?
As the story unfolded more mysteries came to light. Who had turned off the plane’s tracking system? And why? Why had there been no ‘Mayday’ call? And which way was it headed?
Why were governments and institutions that had information about Flight MH370 so reluctant to share it? And why did the mobile phones of those on board continue to ring out. Wild theories abounded. Had Flight MH370 been abducted by aliens? Or shot down by the North Koreans?
Its route took it nowhere near the Devil’s Sea – the Pacific’s answer to the Bermuda Triangle. But somehow, in the world of the web, where every email was intercepted, the disappearance of MH370 began to rival the legend of the Marie Celeste.
Prolific author Nigel Cawthorne sifts the evidence, weighs the theories and unravels the mystery of Flight MH370.
So many speculations have been made and theories after theories voiced out. Will it become like Pan Am Flight 194?
After reading about the accidents that involved other flights due to technical error or pilots’ negligence, and with Covid now where long-haul flights might be scarce, I will not dare to fly anymore in future.
I leave myself with only 3 ridiculous options:1) I fly with the cargo plane, either with FedEx or DHL, not with any passenger plane – put me in a crate please, you may palletize me.
2) I will drive there and stop in one different place everyday. If the place is nice and beautiful, I’ll spend a few days there to explore the place. But I will only want to drive a Volvo XC90, I will feel rather safe driving that.
3) Take the train but where’s the high speed rail in Malaysia? The plan to build it has been scraped off, right?
Option 2 might be dangerous, maybe I will go with option 3 but is there any train tracks that linked all the countries from Malaysia to the United Kingdom? I will do a thorough research on this when the air is clear.
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