The Search for Flight 370 Continues
by John Londergan
On March 8, 2014, Flight 370 out of Malaysia Airlines suddenly went missing off of the communication satellite with 239 people on board. As of April 7th, the search for any clues as to where the plane could have gone mysteriously disappeared to still continues.
The most recent set of clues that the search party has been provided with is the detection of signals consistent with those emitted by aircraft black boxes by a pinger locator in the Indian Ocean. These signals, which were heard at a depth of 4,500 meters, have given officials reason to believe that the plane could have possibly crashed into the Indian Ocean and plummeted to an extreme depth in the water. Since officials have received news of these clues, they have stated that they are much more optimistic about finding the plane compared to last week.
Although the plane went missing at around 8 PM on the communication satellite, it is said to have flown around Indonesia for a long period after its initial disappearance. This has stirred up a fair amount of controversy, and has people questioning why they aren’t able to track where the plane was during its flight. Officials believe that whoever was flying the plane could have possibly been attempting to avoid radar detection on purpose, thus being trained to be able to shut off the communications devices. Officials have also done thorough background checks on every individual on that flight, including all of the crew members. They found a flight simulator in one of the pilot’s homes, which has had people curious about what his intentions were when using the flight simulator. It is possible that he was using it to ‘test-fly’ a possible mission with negative intentions, or he could just be a pilot with a passion for flying.
All in all, time to find Malaysia Flight 370 is quickly running out. With families eagerly awaiting the final decision on their beloved family member’s fate, officials need to do whatever they can to come to a conclusion about what happened on that flight. As the detection of signals recorded by the pinger locator is the most promising lead thus far, it seems that everyone involved in the search is much more motivated to find out what really happened on that flight. Currently the HMS Echo, a British navy ship equipped with advanced detection gear, is sailing the area of the southern Indian Ocean where a Chinese crew had detected the two audio signals. As well as the Echo, an Australian navy vessel carrying sophisticated U.S. listening technology is investigating the sounds that the recorders picked up. Although the process of finding Flight 370 is strenuous and considerably frustrating for all involved, we will hopefully soon know what really happened on Malaysia Airlines flight 370 on March 8th of 2014.
John Londergan is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition