Mar 7, 2017

Three years on from MH370’s disappearance, is the mystery now unsolvable?

The risk that MH370 might not be found until well after all of those alive today are dead, and its mystery thus irrelevant and forgotten, is very real.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Three years after flight MH370 vanished, we know more about the decline of the media and the untruthfulness or obfuscation of Malaysia’s authorities in dealing with the mystery than we do about the events that brought the Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER down, or the location of the heavy and sunk parts of its wreckage.

Since March 8, 2014, when MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people listed on its manifest for a red-eye flight to Beijing, most reports have been generated by the antics of self-proclaimed experts or media pundits declaring that one or both of the pilots of the flight "dunnit" (as they might have), or demonising the managers of the search, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), for having looked in the wrong area. Which is about as fair as criticising those who search unsuccessfully for children or the elderly when lost in the bush, even though their bones undoubtedly lie scattered in "the bush".

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4 thoughts on “Three years on from MH370’s disappearance, is the mystery now unsolvable?

  1. James Nixon

    Dear Ben, a great article. I have tried on numerous occasions to contact you without result. My new book “THE CRASH OF MH370” deals with the Maldives theory, and others. It quashes the conspiracy theories, explains why the eight most-discussed scenarios are most likely incorrect, gives the most-likely scenario and makes 13 urgent industry recommendations. Written by a (recently retired) A380 Captain with similar flying experience as Captain Shah. If you would like to know what most operating large jet pilots think (but can’t say due to “no media” clauses in their contracts), click here – James Nixon (Melbourne).

  2. Dan Telet

    With all the military radar around the Indian Ocean, I have no doubt that the plane was tracked exactly.

    1. Bill Hilliger

      Diego Garcia comes to mind.

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