In the early morning hours on March 8, 2014, 239 lives prepared for a flight that would end in mystery. Flight MH370 left the Kuala Lumpur airport with a destination of Beijing. Approximately an hour later, the radar transponder is turned off, and no further transmissions are reported.
28 months later the sudden disappearance of flight MH370 continues to haunt the lives of the families of the passengers and crew.
For the first year the search remained relevant in the media; track and seek, just to find a dead end.
Questions started mounting as grieving relatives lashed out on government officials, calling for an internal investigation. Relatives and loved ones pointed to holes in communications, prompting conspiracy theories to be born.
There has been so many twists and turns in the search of MH370, the media eventually turned off their cameras. The world resumed with their lives, but the families remain committed to questioning what really happened that fateful day.
The investigation continues to focus on one of the most remote places on the planet; the Indian Ocean.
With a span of 28.4 million square miles and depths of up to 26,000 feet, nautical professionals and several countries joined in a race to discover the main wreck site of flight MH370.
It still has not happened.
Information is surfacing that perhaps well-respected pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was behind the disappearance of the airliner.
Reports indicate a plane simulation depicting a plane flying towards the Indian Ocean was located on his hard-drive. Ahamd Shah’s family remains insistent the Captain would never purposely take his life or those of his passengers and crew members.
As speculation roars and different storylines emerge, the three lead countries on the search, China, Australia and Malaysia, have released a statement this past Friday. The representative advised if no MH370 debris is located in the new search of the Indian Ocean, the search will be suspended.
Cost of Search
It is considered one of the largest and most expensive searches in nautical history.
Over $100 million and more than 46,000 square miles have been searched, with sophisticated equipment, to no avail.
Malaysia’s Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said in a press conference, “should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given in determining next steps.”
Reportedly, pieces of the wreck have washed up on African beaches, but it still leaves an open theory to the site of the main crash. If the crash did happen in the Indian Ocean.
Tiong Lai believes the main wreck of MH370 resides somewhere in the Indian Ocean, but his acknowledgment gives little comfort to family members, many who have varying theories on the disappearance of the Boeing.