The Mystery Plane

Malaysian Flight 2Paige M.

Staff Writer

Between the times of 1:19 a.m. and 2:40 a.m. one of the biggest mysteries since the disappearance of Amelia Earhart occurred. Two hundred and thirty nine people, including both passengers and crew, boarded a jumbo-jet on March 8th, 2014, and just a few hours later were nowhere to be found. Malaysia Airlines plane Boeing 777-200 took off from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, at 12:41 in the morning on Saturday (Malaysian time zone). The plane was heading for Beijing, China, and was scheduled to land after the 2,700 mile journey at 6:30 that morning. This all changed when air traffic controllers in a nearby city in Malaysia, Subang, lost all contact with the plane. This happened while it was flying over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam. To add to the confusion, radars show that the plane dropped to very low altitude and had made a turn that was off-course and heading west, hundreds of miles away from its original flight path. Wall Street Journal journalists even speculated that there is a possibility that the plane could have been flying for four or more hours after it lost contact. The amount of fuel in the plane could have taken the passengers much further without any difficulty as well. All of these clues have people wondering if the missing plane occurred from an act of terrorism or from a very disastrous accident.

Confusion arises in many areas because of the lack of knowledge the public has on the situation. Many speculations are taking place as each person who hears about the event tries to solve the mystery about the missing plane. The fact that the plane was in the seemingly safest part of the flight, with pristine weather conditions, leaves room for the idea that chaos might have happened midair. The plane was full of fuel and had been inspected before take-off with no problems reported. Also, experts believe that if the plane was having technical difficulties, the pilot would have had time to report a distress signal to the air trafficking towers. When the plane made an unscheduled turn in the middle of the flight, the pilots did not report that they were doing so. Supporting the terroristic ideas, boarded on the plane were two passengers who had used stolen passports to travel on the plane. Pouri Nourmohammadi, 18, and Delavar Seyed Mohammud Reza, 29, were the two men who got away with this fraud. Both men were Iranian, and this raises much suspicion to the fact that not only one, but two people boarded the flight without valid passports matching their identities. Blake Heyer, a sophomore, said, “I personally believe that the plane was landed somewhere by someone aboard the plane. This was definitely a terroristic act; there’s too much evidence to point toward this to say that it is an accident.” Many people believe that this was no coincidence, and this whole situation was a terroristic act of violence.

Others believe that the evidence forms a clear pathway to show that this plane crash was most likely an accident. Mr. Dan Page, social studies teacher, said, “I think it was an accident. I don’t know if they will ever find out what really happened, but I don’t see it being terrorism. I think that the plane lost air pressure at a high elevation, around 35,000 feet. Everyone, including the pilot passed out, and the plane turned and proceeded on autopilot until it ran out of fuel in the Indian Ocean.” Nourmohammadi’s mother was reported to have called the Malaysian police after his plane did not arrive in China on time. This could lead to a conclusion that he did not have anything to do with the flight that went missing. Some believe that an explanation for the quick altitude change was the pilot trying to protect the passengers from danger. This is a flying safety technique in which the pilot greatly reduces the altitude so that if their plane were to crash, they would be in an unpressurized zone and would therefore preserve some lives of passengers if possible. Meghan Pierce, a sophomore, said, “Ever since the plane went missing my dad has been trying to solve the mystery. He keeps telling me new ways of how the plane crash could have happened.” No matter what the cause of the plane disappearance was, there was absolutely no reason for the plane to have gone missing, considering its excellent safety ratings and modern technology today.
Because there were so many different nationalities on board, most of the world is beginning to become involved with the incident. There were 227 passengers on board and 12 crew members, ranging from Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and North America. Three of the passengers were U.S. citizens, and five of the passengers were below the young age of five. The search includes ships, planes, and other forms of transportation from all different countries searching their territory and satellites for any possible debris or signs of a plane crash. A search of the South China Sea was conducted because this was where the plane was last detected. An oil slick was discovered in the area being searched, but the fuel was said to be used in cargo ships, not planes. The search is continuing near the Gulf of Thailand, the Indian Ocean, and the Andaman Sea. Vice Chief of the Australian Defense Force, Mark Binskin, stated, “We are not searching for a needle in a haystack; we are still trying to find the haystack.” This concludes the fact that the plane could be almost anywhere in the world with the amount of gas that it had in its fuel tank; therefore, with the lack of evidence, nations around the world really have no designated area to search for clues. Experts also think it is strange that after this long of a period after the crash, there is still no debris washed up on shore or detected on satellites considering how big the plane actually was.

The disappearance of Boeing 777-200 will continue to be a mystery until solid evidence can be discovered by one of the many nations involved in the search. Family and friends of the passengers are furious about the situation, unsure of what really happened to the ones that they care about. Until the discovery, the world will continue to wonder about the unknown events and whereabouts of flight 370.

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