It’s a seemingly simple question. What happened to the plane?
Like you, I’ve read as much as I can get my hands on about the disappearance of Malayasian Airlines flight 370 that vanished on its way to Beijing. I’ve heard some of the debate about how impossible the task of finding the debris will be given the current theory: namely, whatever it was that brought down the plane is widely believed to have occurred quickly, catastrophically and at high altitude. That would mean debris would be scattered over a massive area of ocean.
And experts say that finding anything in water is incredibly difficult. The two areas being targeted are the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand. You’re talking about almost 2 million square miles.
All of this is very daunting to think about, especially because it involves not just locating debris to help understand what exactly happened, but because it would give some comfort to those grieving the loss of the 239 people onboard.
What’s vexing, and not just a little bit disturbing about this whole terrible incident, is that much of whats being written is speculation. We still have no more insight into what happened to the airplane. Nothing but theories. And along the way, I’m learning quite a bit about airplanes, airlines, radar, how safe air travel actually is, and that much of what I assumed to be true once I stepped onboard a plane, quite frankly, isn’t. For instance, radar doesn’t work over oceans. And, clearly, planes can vanish into thin air.
No one in a position of power or authority is talking. Either that’s because they can’t or they won’t.