Recent news media coverage on the mystery of Flight MH370 may leave viewers a bit dizzy. From where the plane crashed to the plane’s possible landing and varying reports of motives in the cockpit, there really is no clear story for what happened to the missing flight. With many reports of conflicting information, one has to wonder, is the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH470 one giant cover up? The way the story keeps changing may indicate that possibility. On March 8, 2014 Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong vanished from sight. No distress calls were indicated by pilots or electrical systems. No wreckage of a crash site has been discovered. It has now been weeks since anyone has seen or heard from anyone on the flight. The question still remains: what happened to flight MH370? The answer is still unknown.
The latest “discovery” of possible wreckage in the Southern Indian Ocean (miles from where the plane should have been) has been nothing short of a giant dead jellyfish sighting along with fishing boat wreckage. Why does the wreckage search area keep changing so drastically? Why does “new” satellite data suddenly keep surfacing? Does someone know what really happened? Is this all just one giant distraction to keep the world away from the truth? Unfortunately, we may never know.
Here are a series of breaking news stories that have led relatives and loved ones along with the entire world on what some could call a series of several “wild goose chases.” Is it a cover up? The world may never know.
First, officials told the world that the plane had been lost.
Families of 19 passengers dialed their loved one’s cell phone numbers and heard ringing on the other end. While some media claimed that this could have been explained by policies of different carriers, it is well known that when a cell phone is off, it goes directly to voicemail. Did the passengers land in some unknown location? If so, it would have to be a place with cell phone coverage. (NBC News)
After that, an oil slick was reported as a possible link to the crash.
Then, information was released that the aircraft could have disintegrated.
Some speculated that the aircraft could have disintegrated at 35,000 feet. However, many claimed that at least some sort of debris would have remained. (Daily Mail UK)
Next, information about stolen passports and possible foul play was released.
Two young men boarded the jetliner with stolen passports. After some investigation, it was discovered that they posed no terror threat and were using them as a means to enter Europe on a connecting flight. (BBC News)
After that, the plane had turned around and crashed somewhere near the area of the Strait of Malacca, the area it was last seen.
Information was released that the plane had turned around deliberately. The plane was said to have last been seen near the Strait of Malacca. Upon further investigation (and days of searching the surrounding areas with no wreckage found) this was later found to be false. (Reuters)
Then, the plane was flying “under the radar”.
Experts believed that the plane was engaged in a technique called terrain masking. This technique involved the aircraft flying below 5,000 feet to avoid radar. This theory leads many to speculate that the aircraft was high jacked. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
After that, we found out that the pilot had training software in his home.
Many believed that this could link the pilot with terrorist intentions. He had a homemade flight simulator in his home that could have potentially allowed him to train for very unusual situations in flight. (CNN)
Next, the plane could be anywhere from Kazakhstan to the Indian Ocean.
Then, possible wreckage was found by Chinese satellite data.
Chinese satellites found objects floating in the Southern Indian Ocean. These objects were soon chalked up to be ocean debris unrelated to the flight. (Metro)
Next, the plane was destroyed and all lives were lost.
Grieving family members who had been waiting for news on loved ones were told on March 25, 2014 that all lives were lost . Authorities believed that they had evidence that the flight ended in the Indian Ocean, despite no wreckage. (ABC)
After that, “new satellite data” showed that the plane ended in the Indian Ocean.
A new wave technology by British researchers showed the final resting place of MH470 in the Indian Ocean. Pings were sent from the aircraft to a satellite and were tracked and predicted to come to this conclusion. (ABC)
Next, the final words from the cockpit were released.
Then, new wreckage had been found in the Southern Indian Ocean.
Next, we were told that we cannot rule out survivors yet.
After that, the final words of the pilots changed.
Authorities held a closed door meeting on April 2.
Families met with authorities in a private meeting. Families claim that they still do not have any new information. (Aljazeera)
A ping was detected
Chinese officials claim to have heard “pings” that could be related to MH370’s black box over the Indian Ocean, 130 miles north of the search area. However, it was only detected for a minute and a half when the manufacturer of the black box says it will ping continuously. (CNN)
Then, the plane flew around Indonesia to avoid radar.
Another pinger was picked up by a U.S. Navy search team.
Search teams claim to have heard another signal that they feel matches a black box pinger. A U.S. Navy ship being towed by an Australian ship made this discovery. The pinger was heard 350 miles away from the other pinger discovered by a Chinese search team. (CNN)
No more pings to be heard.
More pings detected.
The search area was narrowed as more pings were detected in the Indian Ocean on April 9th. Ocean Shield, an Australian defense vessel, detected these pings late Tuesday evening. Upon further investigation, the pings were once again a false alarm. (The Guardian)
Australian Prime minister is confident previous pings were from missing jet.
Despite no pings being detected for over 24 hours, the Australian Prime Minister stated that he was confident that the pings that have previously been detected came from the missing MH370. He announced that it would be a long search, but that the search would continue. (NBC)
The responsibility of the possible crash changed a few times as well:
First a pilot was responsible.
The Prime Minister stated that this was a deliberate act by someone on board. (The Guardian)
Then no one on board was responsible.
A mechanical problem was still under investigation in causing the possible crash of MH370. (Firstpost. World)
Finally, the pilots or someone on board were responsible again.
What we know now:
No debris found in the search area they were so sure of showed any signs of MH370.
More dizzying leads...this time in the Bay of Bengal.
Australian and Malaysian officials have been contacted by an unnamed company describing new technologies that were used to take underwater photos of possible MH370 wreckage from above. Many are saying this is just not possible and the 'technology" is not being explained by those who claim they found the aircraft. (CNN)
It is speculated that Malaysian Government officials are concealing information.
The sophisticated radar installed would have detected the aircraft when it crossed back over Malaysia, according to investigators. This lead many to speculate how much Malaysian officials may be hiding. (National Post)
Officials change their stories.
The Malaysian Prime Minister both denied and confirmed that the plane flew a certain route to avoid radar detection.(CNN)
Did the plane land or crash on land? Perhaps its destruction was caused by some government exercise gone wrong. Perhaps the people are still being held hostage and no one wants us to know. This unresolved mystery is hardest on the loved ones of those on board. The unfortunate fact is that the world may never know what happened to MH 370.
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