Every Monday, I'm presenting a new mystery. Some have been solved...some remain unsolved to this day.
The number of airplanes that have disappeared over the vast ocean is astounding. Each time, it feels like something out of a paranormal novel. You want there to be some mythical explanation. You at least want to imagine the passengers are having a good time on a desert island somewhere.
Unfortunately, we all know things can go wrong with airplanes. When it happens over land, we have a crash scene. When it happens somewhere over the ocean, the debris may never, ever be found.
On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing at 12:41 a.m. Less than an hour later, the plane's onboard communication system lost contact. The last words from the co-pilot came just a few minutes prior to that: "Good night Malaysian three seven zero."
The plane, 12 crew members, and the 227 passengers on board were never seen again.
On military radar, the flight was seen veering from its course, heading west across the Malay Peninsula.
Some debris from the plane washed up in the Indian Ocean, making its fate pretty clear. But one thing that remains a mystery is why?
Recent reports say there was a power failure on the aircraft, citing the failure of the satellite data unit (SDU). Although the SDU rebooted after the auxiliary power kicked on, some experts believe the loss of electrical power could have left the pilots unable to maneuver the aircraft. This could support the theory that a fire broke out on board. This fire suppression bottle washed up on Maldives Beach:
One journalist theorizes the pilot was in the restroom when an explosive decompression in the cockpit sucked the air out of the jet's cabin. She also believes there was a problem with the plane's oxygen system, leaving the less experienced co-pilot unable to think clearly enough to turn things around.
|The co-pilot and pilot|
Some experts point to fuel starvation, which happens when a blockage doesn't allow fuel to reach the engine. If both engines burned out at once, the plane would have begun a rapid descent toward the water below.
What do you think happened to Flight MH370?