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MH370 - 9 Years Since the Biggest Disappearance in Aviation History

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is one of the greatest aviation mysteries to date (MH370). A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200E international flight that was flying from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), the capital of China, vanished from air traffic control radars on March 8, 2014. A total of 239 individuals, including 227 passengers and 12 crew members, were onboard the aircraft.

Leaving at 12:41 AM local time, flight 370

ascended to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet at 1:01 AM. 38 minutes after takeoff, as the aircraft departed Malaysian airspace into Vietnamese territory, pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah issued the final transmission of the MH370, "Good Night, Malaysian Three Seven Zero", where shortly after the flight veered off from its intended course. There are several hypotheses on the cause of the plane's disappearance, including hijacking, pilot suicide, and technical failure. However, no conclusive evidence has been found to support any of these theories.

Drafted Theories - Since its Disappearance

  1. Oxygen dilution

A common conspiracy theory regarding the disappearance of MH370 is the oxygen dilution scenario. According to this theory, captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, purposefully depressurized the aircraft, causing everyone onboard to pass out and ultimately leading to the crash.

Evident to the notion, Captain Zaharie may have carried out this action as a part of a suicide mission or as a means of piloting the aircraft to an unidentified location. As a result, some have claimed that his social media activity and personal life provide proof that he may have battled depression or other problems. The theory's proponents cite the plane's communication systems being turned off immediately after the oxygen supply ran out as evidence that suggests deliberate activity.

  1. Hijacked

Another conjecture concerning MH370's disappearance holds that the aircraft was hijacked by unidentified individuals for unidentified motives. The fact that the aircraft's communications systems were purposefully turned off, and that it took off several hours after its last known touch with air traffic control, have both contributed to the growth of this theory.

One theory for the hijacking is that terrorists or other criminals took control of the aircraft with the intention of using it for evil deeds. However, this notion is unsupported by any evidence, and no organization has taken credit for the disappearance.

Another explanation is that the abductions had political overtones, maybe as a result of a bigger war involving various states or parties.

While hijackings have occurred frequently throughout the history of aviation, it is crucial to remember that they frequently end in some sort of dialogue or legal disagreement with the authorities or are quickly resolved. It is exceedingly unusual for a plane to vanish without a trace after making contact with air traffic controllers, and this suggests that there may be more going on than just a simple hijacking.

  1. Freescale staff interception

According to an unsubstantiated claim, a group of engineers from the Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor business, who were onboard the missing flight MH370, are to blame for its disappearance. According to the argument, these crews may have had access to important information or cutting-edge technology that was of interest to one or more governments, and the plane was intercepted or hijacked in order to get this data.

The fact that 20 workers of Freescale Semiconductor were onboard gave the idea some of its charm. It is crucial to remember that Freescale Semiconductor worked on the creation of microchips for a variety of uses, including engineering for defense and the military. The crew may have been more exposed to espionage or other attacks as a result of their effort, according to some theories.

  1. US hijacking

According to a conspiracy theory, American forces commandeered Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 and diverted it to British Indian Ocean Territory Diego Garcia and a number of British military installations.

The United States said that one of the theories' foundations was an alleged sighting of an airplane travelling to Diego Garcia that matched the description of MH370.

Many people consider it doubtful that a nearby US government military installation could singlehandedly be capable of handling such a challenging task, such the conviction of the MH370 aircraft. However, neither the British, nor American governments, have acknowledged any role in the loss of MH370 or the purported arrest and custody of Diego Garcia.

  1. MH17 and MH370 were the same plane

Many deductions have been derived from this single incident, however claims have not yet been validated. On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing 777 carrying 157 people, was shot down in eastern Ukraine. Onboard, there were 298 passengers and staff members.

In contrast, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which had 239 passengers onboard, vanished on March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Proponents of the conspiracy theory argue that the two incidents were part of a larger plot involving the Malaysian government and other countries. However, there is no evidence to support this claim, and it has been widely discredited by aviation experts and researchers. The investigation into MH17 by the Dutch Safety Committee concluded that the aircraft was fired by a Buk missile system launched from a base by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine

Largest and Longest investigation in aviation history

The Boeing 777's wreckage has never been located despite an extensive, multi-national search effort that lasted years, and the fate of the 239 passengers and crew onboard is still unknown. With the involvement of numerous nations, organizations, and specialists from various fields, the investigation into the disappearance of MH370 has been one of the most difficult and complicated in aviation history.

The flight was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared from radar screens. The South China Sea, where the aircraft was thought to have crashed, was the focus of the early search operation. The plane's final known location was in the southern Indian Ocean, although it was later determined that it had flown for several hours after it vanished from radar.

In the years since the disappearance of MH370, numerous attempts have been made in the southern Indian Ocean in an attempt to locate the wreckage. These efforts have led to the deployment of advanced underwater exploration technologies, including sonar and underwater robots. Despite these efforts, however, no trace of the plane has been found.

The Malaysian government is leading the investigation into the disappearance of MH370, with support from other countries including Australia, China, and the United States. The research has engaged a wide variety of experts, including aviation experts, oceanographers, and forensic investigators.

In July 2015, some debris was found on the island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. The wreckage was later confirmed to be a flaperon from a Boeing 777, and was believed to be part of MH370, which had gone missing more than a year earlier. Since then, a number of other pieces of debris believed to be from MH370 have been found off the coast of East Africa, Madagascar, and other Indian Ocean islands.

These observations have provided some clues as to the likely crash site and possible flight path. Forensics experts and investigators have examined the wreckage, using various techniques to try to determine where the plane may have entered the water and where the remains of the wreckage may be seen in the Indian Ocean, thousands of kilometers away from its intended destination.

The fate of MH370 and its passengers is still unclear, and the inquiry into the disappearance of the airliner is ongoing despite the finding of this wreckage. Although the wreckage has provided some significant hints, it has not yet revealed the full amount of the devastation or provided a comprehensive account for what happened to the airliner. Although the search effort has been put on hold for 2018, the MH370 inquiry is still going on.


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