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MH370 mystery endures as 4-year search ends


Posted on Tuesday, 29 May, 2018 | Comment icon 29 comments

We may never know for sure what happened to MH370. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Kein
The latest search for answers concerning the fate of the missing airliner has come up empty.
Exactly what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8, 2014 still remains one of the most enduring mysteries in aviation history.

Despite undertaking an extensive search covering 46,332 sq miles, costing $160 million and lasting 1,046 days, investigators from Australia, China and Malaysia ultimately failed to find the wreckage.

Now a recent privately-funded expedition, which launched earlier this year in a last-ditch bid to solve the mystery, has also admitted defeat - leaving a lot of questions about the disaster unanswered.

Malaysia's government has since stated that it has no plans to extend the search any further.

"Part of our motivation for renewing the search was to try to provide some answers to those affected," said Ocean Infinity CEO Oliver Plunkett. "It is therefore with a heavy heart that we end our current search without having achieved that aim."

"There simply has not been a subsea search on this scale carried out as efficiently or as effectively ever before."

"Whilst clearly the outcome so far is extremely disappointing, as a company, we are truly proud of what we have achieved both in terms of the quality of data we've produced and the speed with which we covered such a vast area."

Source: BBC News | Comments (29)

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Comment icon #20 Posted by seanjo on 30 May, 2018, 9:56
A few things to note from the wreckage found, the parts recovered are buoyant, they have honeycomb structure or are plastic/ fiberglass. There are parts from the cabin, this means the fuselage broke up on impact, the heavy metallic parts and (still) attached lighter parts will have sunk to the bottom of the Ocean. A lack of bodies is no mystery, they either went down with the wreckage and/or have been consumed by sea creatures.
Comment icon #21 Posted by seanjo on 30 May, 2018, 9:57
 
Comment icon #22 Posted by Stubbly_Dooright on 30 May, 2018, 14:32
Which I think makes sense.  And also, I shouldn't even entertain the idea that the plane remaining totally in tact, that (and this is with my 'conspiracy theory' mindset playing out here.    ) or that it's undamaged, and everyone on it is still alive somewhere.    Yeah, just saying.  I shouldn't even entertain that thought.  Yeah, I should have known.   Anyhow, looking at that link you provided, as I have mentioned before, it looks like all the pieces that have been found and considered most likely from the plane, looked like they all came from one particular side of the plane. (And disclaimer... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by L.A.T.1961 on 30 May, 2018, 22:58
I would think there is very little chance that the aircraft is still in one piece.  What stands out to me is the amount of energy that was exerted to take the plane out over the deep ocean and well away from land. It suggests that, for whatever reason, it was important to do this and the main objective. What can you do once out of radar contact and over the sea that was impossible earlier in the flight ?  If the pilot had been suicidal he could have crashed at the first opportunity after take off.   
Comment icon #24 Posted by Goddess of the Mist on 1 June, 2018, 4:47
This is what stands out to me, too - the way the plane changed course so significantly.  It's weird and doesn't really go along with the pilot being suicidal theory (like you said).  I thought the Malaysian government handled things a little strangely as well.  Not pointing to anything specifically, just certain videos I've seen and things I've read...
Comment icon #25 Posted by Merc14 on 1 June, 2018, 12:13
Can I ask what you think it goes along with, especially given that the same course cha\nge was on his, the pilot's, home computer flight simulator?  https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/asia/mh370-pilot-flight-simulator/index.html
Comment icon #26 Posted by Eldorado on 7 January, 2019, 15:40
Some news... "Malaysian authorities have confirmed plane debris washed up on a beach in Madagascar is 'most likely' from doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The five pieces of debris were handed over to government officials at the Malaysian Ministry of Transport's headquarters in Putrajaya in late November. Relatives of the MH370 victims presented the debris, which was found at Sandravinany, south Madagascar, about three months earlier. Full report: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6563611/Plane-debris-washed-beach-Madagascar-likely-came-MH370.html" Elsewhere: https://thewest.com.au... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 7 January, 2019, 21:05
Thanks for the links, and this is interesting - "Mr Gibson said that “locals tell me there are many more pieces of debris washed up but it needs to Malaysia to offer rewards.”
Comment icon #28 Posted by MissCreativeSpirit on 7 January, 2019, 23:42
Didn't they just find this one a few months ago?
Comment icon #29 Posted by StandingWaiting on 15 January, 2019, 7:18
Was it officially confirmed that the flight path changes were programmed into the pilots simulator? I know it was rumoured but was it officially announced?  If so there is little mystery left. 


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