Mar 21, 2014

What the MH370 search will — and won’t — find

The search party for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight is now fuelled by satellite imagery rather than speculation.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Even if a section of wreckage with the Malaysia Airlines logo on it were to turn up in satellite images or be seen by search aircraft looking for lost flight MH370 anywhere in the world today, the battle of the theories as to why it ended up there would blaze away for ages.

In one camp, mostly populated by professional and highly qualified pilots, the rallying cries are around a mechanical or systems failure explanation. These theories are in part driven by revulsion at the repercussions of pilot suicide and mass murder on their collective standing and reputations, should this be held to be the case at the general public and political level.

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