Flight 370, Where Are You?


Map for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 showing targeted areas in the southern Indian Ocean

The loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 may end up as one of history’s mysteries. As the massive multinational search effort enters a new phase, there is virtually nothing to show for it so far. Since Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, no wreckage, no trace of a crash, no survivors, no “black box” has been found. The airliner was carrying 227 passengers from 14 nations, the majority of whom were Chinese citizens. Air traffic control (ATC) lost contact with the plane less than an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China. Search-and-rescue operations began immediately for the airliner, which was presumed to have crashed over water. The probe initially included the Gulf of Thailand, the South China Sea, the Strait of Malacca, and the Andaman Sea. The search effort then concentrated on the southern Indian Ocean, southwest of Perth, Australia, though a late-breaking announcement by the firm GeoResonance may divert some attention to the northern Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Bangladesh.

Despite intense speculation about what happened to the Boeing 777, investigators are no closer to an explanation after nearly two months. Industry experts who analyzed data pertaining to the flight concluded that the airplane’s transponders, which emit signals to ATC, were apparently turned off on purpose. The plane was then tracked by various radar systems and continued to send data that was picked up by a satellite. In the investigation and search, an array of technology has been deployed, from sonar-capable underwater drone subs to mineral-detecting “multispectral” satellite imagery.

Despite the inability of all concerned to learn the whereabouts of the airplane, anyone who has followed the story has received an education of sorts in international aviation and airport security. Thanks to the 24/7 news outlets, we have learned about the use of GPS to track—or not—international flights, and the screening—or lack thereof—of passengers with stolen passports.

Image credit: © Copyright 2013, Commonwealth of Australia

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  1. bobby sena says:

    not good at all

  2. DER$ says:

    Nope. Not good. Much sadness

  3. Greatest Ever says:


  4. Ewing Ewing says:

    Such tears

  5. WingDers MontEw says:

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  6. DER$ says:

    Why doesn’t anyone try to land on the sun? It would be like a hundred degrees but we could still do it with our tecnology

  7. Charlie sean says: