- Posted March 10, 2014 by
Plane’s Disappearance Remains A Mystery, The Investigation Continues
This past weekend, a commercial passenger plane flying from Malaysia to Beijing, China dropped off the radar, and now several days later the plane still remains to be found. Both the mystery and concern around the situation continue to grow with each passing hour.
What We Do Know
The plane, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, left Kuala Lumpur just before 1 AM local time on saturday, and was subsequently scheduled to arrive in Beijing in approximately 5-6 hours. However within an hour into the flight, all contact was lost. The plane was carrying 227 passengers as well as 12 crew members.
There was no further contact from the plane, no communication nor distress signal. The plane dropped off radars as well.
Following the plane’s disappearance, a massive search has been put in place. In the hours directly following the incident local authorities began to search the seas around where the plane was last recorded to be. There were reports of sightings of both an oil slick as well as possible debris, yet nothing has been confirmed to be directly linked to the plane.
The search has now expanded into an international effort, with nine nations aiding in the search and subsequent investigation including the US Navy, FBI, FAA, and NTSB. Despite the efforts no confirmed sighting of any significant signs has been reported and thus the search area has been expanded into neighboring seas as well, the search parties are now operating under the suspicion that the plane may have turned back towards Malaysia or changed its trajectory somehow during its disappearance.
An Act of Terror?
One of the most surprising discoveries that has been made during the investigation of the flight involved two of it’s passengers. The two passengers were discovered to be travelling with stolen passports, which were listed on Interpol’s database. These passengers seemingly booked their flights together, as well as flights from Beijing to Amsterdam from where one would continue to Copenhagen and the other to Frankfurt.
This discovery raised many questions, the largest of which was if this now added a much more plausible possibility that this disappearance was terror related. However many are wary to claim terrorism as a cause, due to the fact that stolen passports are a hot commodity in eastern Asia, used by those seeking asylum and smugglers alike. So there exists a possibility that the passports are unrelated, yet authorities have not ruled out terrorism and are thus still pursuing all possibilities.
As time passes concern grows not only among governments and investigators but also amongst the families of those aboard the flight. many of the passengers aboard the flight were Chinese, and families in both China and Malaysia are growing restless as information continues to be scarce.
Yet with a continually stronger search force and enlarged search area, authorities remain hopeful to find some indication of the planes final location soon, and with that discovery and the subsequent retrieval of information from the plane itself, the investigation may come to a more resolute finish.