Up till now, the whole world is still wondering what could have happened to the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, at 12:41 a.m. on Saturday, with 239 people on board.
It was expected to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. the same day, after a roughly 4,350 kilometre journey. But around 1:30 a.m., air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lost contact with the plane over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.
Since then, all mouth has been agape with the unanswered question, what in the world must have happened to this jumbo jet? Thirty-four planes, 40 ships and search crews from 10 countries have been scouring the South China Sea near where the plane was last detected. The search has proved futile. It was thought that the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 must have crashed in the waters or maybe have exploded in the air, leaving debris as evidence of its end. But debris in the area has turned out to be unrelated to the plane. “We have not found anything that appear to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Director General of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department, said on Monday.
Similarly, a slick in the area was determined to be from fuel oil typically used in cargo ships, not from the plane. So, the civil aviation chief concluded that the plane’s disappearance is an “unprecedented mystery”.However, because the event is certainly mysterious, it has spawned all sorts of theories and mysterious connections. The pilots of the lost plane did not indicate any problem to the tower, and no distress signal was issued. Malaysian military officials cite radar data as suggesting the plane might have turned back toward Kualar Lumpur; but the pilots did not tell air traffic control that they were doing so, and no one knows why the plane would have turned around. There were also terrorism act speculations as being the cause of the sudden disappearance.Continue reading