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Flight MH370 Disappears

Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing

Historical Context

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on 8 March 2014, with 239 people on board, remains one of the most enduring and fascinating mysteries in aviation history. The aircraft disappeared over the South China Sea, some 38 minutes after takeoff. Investigators were able to track pings with a satellite to a general crashing site in the Indian Ocean.

The search for the plane became the most costly in the history of aviation and one of the most complex. It would continue for three years but turned up no sign of the plane, although some debris from the aircraft washed ashore from the Indian Ocean during 2015 and 2016.

Many theories have been proposed for the plane's disappearance, including many conspiracy theories. These include a hypoxia event, fire, shoot-down, or hijacking; no one conspiracy has achieved any consensus among investigators.

The disappearance was the beginning of a disastrous year for Malaysia Airlines - only four months later another of their aircraft, Flight 17, was shot down over Ukraine with the loss of all on board. They would be nationalized in September 2014 by the Malaysian government following severe financial difficulties.

Photo Info

Photographer: مانفی
Date taken: April 2, 2014
Location taken: Malaysia

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Related Events

  • 2014-03-08 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history and one of the most enduring aviation mysteries
  • 2015-01-29 Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident
  • 2015-07-29 Part of missing airline MH370 is found on the island of Reunion
  • 2017-01-17 Search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean is called off
  • 2018-07-30 Official Malaysian investigation into the disappearance of Flight MH370 is unable to determine what happened

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