When Malaysia MH 370 departed from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing at 12:41 a.m. local time on March 8, the pilot was quoted as saying, “goodnight MH 370”. His goodnight was a normal farewell message anybody could say to his loved ones. But his is turning to eternal.
The plane lost contact less than an hour later. The last confirmed transponder reading was over the Gulf of Thailand, after which the 200-ton jet apparently performed a U-turn and was tracked over northern Malaysia by Malaysian and Thai military radar.
Sixteen days after the missing plane, specifically March 24, Malaysia authority presumed those on board might have died.
In a national broadcast, the authority said the plane crashed. And the rest of the search operation teams questioned the pronouncement of Malaysia on the missing plane, saying it made pronouncement without evidence of crash site.
A month after and the disappearance of the airlines flight is increasingly baffling. Its investigation is still surrounded by confusion and chaos.
The battery of the black box runs out of power today April 7, 2014. The estimated life of the power supply is 30 days. The debris found so far is yet to provide any clue.
The hunt for the black box began on Friday, search operations focused on the southern Indian Ocean where the missing Boeing 777 is thought to have crashed.
The British ship H.M.S. Echo and Australia’s Ocean Shield has deployed submerged pinger locators and converge on each other along a single 155-mile (250 km) corridor, in the hope of detecting any signal from the data recorder lodged toward the errant plane’s tail. Also, an unmanned submarine has joined the mission.
The case of Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in 2009, illustrates why Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott deemed the current search “the most difficult in human history.”
Aviation experts say when a flight crashes, investigators know its flight path and can trace this to the wreckage. With Flight 447, bodies, and two debris fields 50 miles (80 km) apart, were found within 24 hours — but even so the black box was not recovered until months after.
As MH 370 was so drastically off course, there is no established flight path.
Up to 10 military planes, four civilian jets and nine ships are part of the team to scouring an 84,000-sq.-mi. (217,000 sq km) search zone some 1,050 miles (1,700 km) west of Perth on Friday.
Sydney Herald calls it the most expensive search in the history of aviation disaster.