What could have happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370?
KUALA LUMPUR: A week long hunt, around dozens of countries involved, yet no trace of mysteriously disappeared Malaysia Airlines aircraft. Malaysia, US, China, Japan, India and Brunei are among dozen of the countries searching Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board. 57 ships and 48 aircraft from 13 countries were involved in the search
The plane took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 a.m. Saturday and was due to land in Beijing at 6.30 a.m. the same day. The 227 passengers on the flight included five Indians, 154 Chinese and 38 Malaysians.
*An international terrorism probe triggered by two Iranians boarding the missing plane with stolen passports is still continuing.
Yet another theory is taking shape about what might have happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Maybe it landed in a remote Indian Ocean island chain. Acting on a fresh request by Malaysia, India has expanded the search for the missing Boeing 777-200 from the ongoing operations in south Andaman Sea to the Bay of Bengal along the Chennai coast.
Reuters, citing unidentified sources familiar with the investigation, reported that whoever was piloting the vanished jet was following navigational waypoints that would have taken the plane over the Andaman Islands.
Aviation experts say it’s possible, if highly unlikely, that someone could have hijacked and landed the giant Boeing 777 undetected.
On the seventh day of efforts to find the missing Boeing 777-200, here are the other main developments:
• Chinese researchers say they recorded a “seafloor event” in waters around Malaysia and Vietnam about an hour and a half after the missing plane’s last known contact.
• Malaysian authorities believe they have several “pings” from the airliner’s service data system, known as ACARS, transmitted to satellites in the four to five hours after the last transponder signal, suggesting the plane flew to the Indian Ocean.
• A report suggests the plane may have been hijacked or taken over and flown off course
• U.S. experts are using satellite systems to try to determine the possible location of the plane.
Here are some of the possible scenarios being weighed up by industry experts as the world waits to discover the fate of the Boeing 777, which has one of the best safety records of any jet.
- Explosion on board
- Technical difficulties
- Structural disintegration
- Pilot suicide
Based on these possibilities, the multinational search operation to locate the aircraft has been expanded with more countries joining in the mission. “Anything is possible, “Malaysia Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.
As a mark of respect to the passengers and crew of MH370 on 8 March 2014, the MH370 and MH371 flight codes will be retired from the Malaysia Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur- Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route.
The flight has turned into one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.