As we all know, the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went “missing” on Saturday the 8th of March 2014. But what really happened to this unfortunate flight?
Passengers boarded flight MH370, destination Beijing, China. An easy six hour flight.
Saturday March 8th 2014 at 12:41AM: Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport set to land at Beijing Capital International Airport at approximately 6:30AM.
1:22AM: 2 hours into flight, control centres lost all contact with Flight MH370 and the plane fell off the radars. The last sight of the plane was over the Gulf of Thailand. No distress signals were received.
1:30AM: A pilot of another plane contacted MH370. He got a signal, but could;t understand what was being said as they were “mumbling”.
2:40AM: Flight MH370 was reported missing.
6:30AM: Flight MH370 does not arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport. The plane did not land at any other airport.
- A search and rescue team were set up and sent out to see if there was any sign of the plane or a wreckage. The investigation is still ongoing.
- Two passengers on Flight MH370 were using stolen passports.
- Reports that mobile phones are still ringing, with no answers, and not going straight to voicemail or to the servers.
- The plane had enough fuel for 7.5 (seven and a half) hours.
- Possible airplane fuel or oil was found in the area where the plane was last contacted. Debris was found near by, but was not from the plane.
So how can a aeroplane of such size just “vanish” into thin air? Lets take a closer look.
When the control centres lost contact of flight MH370 at 1:22AM, it was reported nearly 80 minutes later at 2:40AM. What was happening at the control centres in that 80 minutes that made them report the incident so late? I am pretty sure, that if a plane went missing there would be a wait time before you can report it just incase it reappeared on the radars. But 80 minutes is a very long time to go unreported. Is this human error or is there a flaw in the system?
Two passengers successfully got through airport security and boarded the plane with stolen passports. Were passports being checked thoroughly? How did they pass all security in one of the countries major airports? Is our security system flawed or was someone working in the airport with these people and helped them get through the airport? Could they be terrorists, drug smugglers, etc? But if they were terrorists, why would they have booked other flights leaving Beijing? If they really were terrorists, why did they book flights thinking they were going to survive? But then again it could be a cover up so it didn’t look suspicious.
Could it be a terrorist attack? If there was an explosion, or a bomb on board, there would be a lot of debris floating on the water. If it happened on land, the debris would be scattered everywhere. One piece of debris was found floating, but was later confirmed that it was not part of the plane. But if it was an explosion or a terrorist attack, no one would have time to react. No time to send out a mayday. No time to know what was happening until it was too late.
The plane only had 7.5 hours of fuel. The flight was suppose to a 6 hour trip. If the flight was hijacked, with all radars and communications turned off (if that is possible to do), could they have landed somewhere? BUT there are currently no reports of MH370 landing at any airport in the area or areas within 7.5 hours distance. There are also no current reports of a plane landing or crashing somewhere in local countries. This leads to the question, could it still be in the air? MH370 could only possibly be in the air for 7.5hours before it could plummet back to the land or the sea. So that rules that out.
Reports from family members trying to contact their loved ones on the ill-fated plane have said that the mobile phone is still ringing through. Now this is strange because: 1. if the plane hit the water, water damage to a phone will cause the phone not to work, meaning that when the phone is called it wouldn’t ring, it would go straight to voicemail or to the servers. 2. If there was an explosion, damage to the phone would be likely and again it wouldn’t ring, it would go to voicemail. And besides, if there was an explosion it probably would have been over the water so we’re back to water damage as well. 3. Its been almost 3 days, phone batteries don’t last too long these days, so it would most likely be dead and again will go straight to voicemail. OR if the plane didn’t crash, but for some reason everyone doesn’t have their phones on them or there is no reception. It could still be possible, but that goes back to no sightings or reports of MH370 landing safely anywhere.
This brings us to reactions. There were no distress signals raised. If the pilots, crew and passengers knew what was happening, they would have had enough time to contact family or send out a mayday. But the control centres and other planes received no mayday or distress signals. No family members or friends received any calls or messages from the passengers leading to whatever happened was instant and there was absolutely no time to react. Although, if it was a hijack people could at least try to contact someone just to say “help”. But nothing happened.
So where is Flight MH370 and what happened to this plane that made it “vanish into thin air”?