Fate of MH370 - never again

Fate of MH370 - never again
Flight Lieutenant Jayson Nichols looks out the cockpit of a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft over clouds while searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean.

The assessment by Malaysian and Australian officials that a police investigation "may never" explain why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8 enroute to Beijing from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, about an hour after takeoff, in the Gulf of Thailand will be extremely hard to accept for relatives and close friends of the 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.

Although the transponders had mysteriously shut off, the aircraft was picked up by military radar moving west towards the Straits of Malacca. The manoeuvres involved in rerouting the aircraft seemed to indicate to the authorities that its "movements were consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane".

However, MH370 did not head towards the airport in Langkawi, for example. "Pings" transmitted by its flight recorders were picked by satellite and it was verified later that it was flying along the southern corridor down the Indian Ocean.

What it was doing there, flying in the opposite direction and towards no particular destination, will remain a mystery until and unless the voice and data recorders can be retrieved. The batteries of the flight recorders, or black boxes, can reportedly transmit signals for at least 30 days. However, with that deadline fast approaching and without a clue as to where the plane went down, the chances of locating the aircraft and the flight recorders are deteriorating rapidly.

After 25 days we still have no clue as to what happened to Flight 370 and the people on board. It is pointless pointing fingers as there is no evidence to indicate foul play. Nevertheless, we have to make sure we do whatever is required to ensure that such a disaster never recurs.

All indications are that technology already exists that could have prevented this terrible tragedy which it seems to be becoming. Satellite tracking of all commercial aircraft must be made mandatory.

 

 

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