VANISHED

 

March 8th 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the disappearance of flight 370. This is the Boeing 777 that vanished from radar shortly after take off. The flight, carrying 239 passengers, mostly Chinese nationals, was flying from Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Satellite data showed the plane deviated from its flight path to head over the southern Indian Ocean, where it is believed to have crashed. Despite a multinational search all participants failed to turn up any clues, although debris washed ashore on the east coast of Africa and Indian Ocean islands. A private search in 2018 by Ocean Infinity also found nothing.

Captain Z aharie Shah was 53 years old when he took the controls of MH370 and departed Kuala Lumpur with 237 passengers and 11 crew members. Several theories persist regarding what actually happened that day.

A common theory is that Captain Shah locked the first officer out of the flight deck. He switched off the communications systems that were designed to keep MH370 in touch with air traffic controllers; donned an oxygen mask; and depressurized the aircraft at an altitude higher than Everest. The passengers and other crew would soon perish from oxygen deficiency.

The theory then has the captain flying the aircraft along the frontier between Thailand and Malaysia to avoid raising the interest of the military on either side, before turning south to a location… never to be found.

While there have been a number of crashes perpetrated by suicidal pilots, the tragic destruction of Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, in which the first officer killed himself and 150 others is just one example.

It is difficult to find any precedent upon closer examination of the pilot and his co-pilot for the theory listed above. It is feasible that one of the pilots intended to land or ditch the aircraft in a survivable state but bungled it and was incapacitated by hypoxia along with the others onboard. Still, based upon all evidence there is no possible motive for such an audacious mission.

The flight was supposed to take 5 hours and 34 minutes. The travel route took the plane north beyond Malaysia, past the coast of Vietnam, across the South China Sea, and then over China.

As the plane proceeded north, MH370 was supposed to check in with air-traffic controllers from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Although the plane showed up on the Vietnamese radars, it quickly disappeared. The plane’s transponder mysteriously stopped broadcasting, and Vietnamese and Malaysian military radars showed the giant plane traveling north, but then turning west toward the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean. The autopilot was switched off, presumably by hand, in order to make the turn west.

The plane was never seen again; it checked in automatically with Inmarsat satellites over the Indian Ocean, but the route was indeterminable. By 2017, twenty pieces of aircraft debris had been discovered in the Indian Ocean, on the French territory of La Reunion, and on Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa, and Tanzania.

An examination of the serial number on the piece French authorities found on La Reunion confirmed it came from MH370.

Over the past ten years, government investigators, journalists, and internet sleuths alike have concentrated their attention on several factors. Almost all have fallen away except for one; events in the cockpit.

Whatever happened to MH370 happened in the cockpit. The intentional turning of the aircraft westward, off course, was done by someone at the controls of the aircraft. If the plane was hijacked, control was likely seized in the cockpit. If a radicalized or despondent pilot decided to divert the plane, it was done by physically manipulating the controls of the plane.

We will probably never know what happened to MH370. The Indian Ocean where it is suspected the wreckage lies, is a vast place. Pieces of debris from the plane have been found, but the aircraft itself likely shattered into a thousand pieces. There may not be any identifiable wreckage on the ocean floor, and important clues, such as the plane’s black box… may simply be lost.

In this day and age it is incomprehensible that there isn’t some sort of cover up related to the identities of the passengers leading to the causation of this crash . Another words, what if there was a pre-determined reason for not allowing this particular plane to reach its destination.

Only a major government could carry off such an exploit. With the technology available today it doesn’t seem possible for an aircraft to just disappear. Logic dictates that there is “something rotten in the state of Denmark.” This is a quote from Shakespeare’s, Hamlet.  It relates to corruption or a situation in which something has gone terribly wrong.

“That one may smile and smile and be a villain. “