Monday, December 26, 2016

Mystery Monday: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



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?

19 comments:

  1. This is so strange! I still wonder what happened.

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  2. An on-board bomb, maybe? Something sudden, since there wasn't a distress signal from the pilot.

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  3. I can't imagine the horror of that experience for passengers and crew when they realized what was happening.

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  4. This is one of those happenings, like the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, that we will likely never have answers to.

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  5. I echo all the comments above.

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  6. Soon after it happened I wrote a post on this tragic and mysterious event in my blog. The story has magnetized me.
    I read every piece of news and often think of the plane and its passengers' fate.

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  7. We may never know. Hate to think of how frightened the passengers and crew must have been.

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  8. So many weird things happen, and we'll likely never know the answer to this one, as well as many others. A mystery indeed.

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  9. It's hard to know when we don't have the black box. I bet it was something rather mundane albeit catastrophic.

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  10. What is weird is that they strayed off course and there was something going on regarding a. Couple of men saying something, they didn't have the right paperwork or something like that. I think it was taken control but something happened to being the plane down. It veered to much and longer away from where they were going.

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  11. I have no idea but two friends of mine missed that flight. That was a close call. We may never find out what happened.

    P.S. Carrie Fisher R.I.P. :(

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  12. I've wondered about this and followed it for a while when the news first broke. What I find most interesting, is that he said "goodnight", giving me the impression that everything was fine, and he wanted everyone else to believe things were fine. But suppose he veered off that path on purpose? Hope your Christmas was wonderful.

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  13. I'm so intrigued. Where did they go?
    Oh, well. Merry Christmas!

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  14. This is a mystery with so many possibilities I'm afraid to even begin exploring them. I'm a nervous flyer, though I've gotten much better in recent years. The idea that an airplane can just disappear this way terrifies me.

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  15. This a mystery that still bothers me to this day. I remember seeing this and following it on the news, it was so bizarre. I've heard theories of hijackings and that the plane may have been shot down by the military too, but all of the details on this still seem very sketchy. I just feel sad for the families of the people they lost, it must have been heart-wrenching, especially not having that closure of knowing what really happened.

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  16. I hope someday they find the black box, so they do know what happened.

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  17. Such a tragedy! It seems we may never know, as time passes and any resolution to what happened fades.

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  18. I remember this! It's so strange! I don't think we will ever find out what happened!

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