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The Mystery of Flight MH370 

 Flight MH370 

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Malaysian flight MH370  vanished on March 8, 2014, after departing from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board who are now presumed dead. It remains a mystery as to what happened to this flight.

 Many investigations were held dedicated to finding the plane or any kind of substantial evidence.

In July 2018, the Malaysian government, which has largely taken the responsibility for investigating the disappearance, issued the last report for MH370. 

Malaysia’s transport minister, Anthony Loke, had promised that they didn’t hide anything from the public and that it was transparent. But it wasn’t able to answer the primary question of what happened to the plane. The French government also started an investigation about what actually happened, but wasn’t able to find anything new.

mh370 flight path before it vanished mapThe final voice communication from the cockpit, less than an hour after takeoff, was “Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero.”After that, the plane then stopped communicating with ground control.

For some unknown reasons, the plane abruptly turned back toward Malaysia, then on toward the Indian Ocean two hours after takeoff, according to data from military radar.

Search attempts were quickly launched, but investigators didn’t know where to start because it was a vast area. A total of 26 countries eventually pitched in as the search area widened. They found nothing.

On May 5, 2014, 79 days after the plane went missing, Malaysia, Australia, and China announced that they would search underwater, but they found very little. 

On January 29, 2015, 327 days after the plane vanished, Malaysia officially declared the disappearance as an accident.

The Malaysian government’s final report, released on July 30, 2018, stated they can’t say anything with any certainty about what happened with the plane and how it disappeared. “The key finding was that the plane’s sharp turn at 1:25 a.m. was done manually, but it is still unclear who was responsible for the maneuver.”

The first piece of the MH370 aircraft took more than a year to find. The piece of the plane’s wing washed up in July 2015 on Réunion Island, thousands of miles from Kuala Lumpur.

After a four-month break, they resumed the research in October 2015, but because of bad weather, it slowed down the investigation.

A report in March 2016, on the two-year anniversary of the disappearance, had no answer of about what happened. The search was suspended in January 2017, after more than $140 million was spent. Officials said it was possible the crash site was farther north. 

The Malaysian government started the latest search in January 2018 with Ocean Infinity, a private firm based in the US. It covered 112,000 square kilometers in the southern Indian Ocean, including a 25,000-square-kilometer target area that hadn’t been searched before.

It was called off on May 29 with no new significant new findings though the investigators said they still wanted to search farther north. 

In five years of searching, the only confirmed traces of the Boeing 777 aircraft have been three wing parts that washed up on Indian Ocean coasts, in Madagascar, Réunion Island, and Tanzania.

Malaysia’s prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has said Malaysia would consider resuming the search if there were new clues. But nothing new has been found till now so, till then, the search has been suspended.

 

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