Day 24 – Still Nothing of MH370
The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has already made the history books and left so many unanswered questions. How can we be at day 24 and still only be relying on hope and best guesses for what happened to this flight? I’m astonished this could happen with today’s modern aircraft.
Comparisons have been made with flight AF447, but the reality is there is nothing the same. In the case of AF447 the aircraft was transmitting flight information and even without the black box we all knew something went wrong and had the EXACT GPS co-ordinates of where it went down and yet it still took 5 days to find the first piece of wreckage.
In the case of MH370 we know very little for certain. The search area in the Southern Indian Ocean is so vast and remote trying to find pieces of an aircraft still floating (assuming it did crash there) among all the debris that chokes all our oceans would be virtually impossible.
The most likely outcome in this case is now “we will NEVER know” what happened. Even if they found some wreckage today by the time they calculate possible drift over the past 24 days to determine possible impact zone the transponder would have stopped and trying to find the location of wreckage at the bottom of 5km deep ocean with no electronic signal I think is beyond being plausible.
I give it an other week, maybe 7 April, and the search will be called off altogether. Unless some more concrete evidence surfaces I don’t think it will add any more value and need to accept something went very badly wrong and we need to learn from this. We should know at all times where aircraft are in our skies.
Pilot Suicide Theory
I hate hearing the theories about pilot suicide. In my mind that is the easy out explanation and has absolutely no evidence to back it up. The thought that any pilot would do this is a very extreme suggestion and one that I don’t think should be even suggested publicly as a probable cause without any facts to back it up.
Suggestions that the authorities were slow to search the Indian Ocean are bizarre. At the time a suggestion that the aircraft could be that far off course without a trace from its last known position needed to be researched before search efforts could be diverted. It wouldn’t have looked good if they were searching the Indian Ocean if the aircraft had crashed in the South China Sea. I think they took rational and considered approach to a case with very little to go on.