The Unsolved Disappearance Of Flight MH370 (2014) - Shreya Sachdev
DISCLAIMER: No disrespect is intended towards anyone that I talk about on this blog post. This blog post is for educational purposes and is being posted on this website in order to raise awareness about this case and to truly hope that the grieving families and friends of these victims find closure and finally find out what happened to their loved one(s). I have gathered all this information on the internet, but unfortunately I do not know how accurate or inaccurate it is. If I have made a mistake somewhere, then I apologize. It is not my intention to spread false information.
In 2014, on the 8th of March, a Boeing 777 disappeared off the face of the planet. It was a routine flight that took place every single day from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board and 227 of these people were passengers and 12 people were part of the flight crew. The oldest person on the flight was 76 years old whereas the youngest person on the flight was just 23 months old. There were two pilots on board. The first was the captain, Zaharie Shah, who was 53 years old, and then there was the co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, who was just 27 years old. Shah had been flying with Malaysian airlines since 1981 and had 18,000 hours of flying under his belt. He was a very experienced pilot and flying really was his passion. He even had a flight simulator at his house which he spent a lot of time on. Hamid, on the other hand, was just a beginner. It was his first time flying on a Boeing 777 without a training captain. He had been in some trouble a few years before MH3705, because he invited some girls into the cockpit whilst him and the captain were smoking.
The flight departed from 12:40am from Kuala Lumpur and was due to land in Beijing at 6:40am with a flight time of around 5 hours and 34 minutes. They were flying directly there and were flying North over the gulf of Thailand and Vietnam. A flight of this sort would require 82,000 pounds of jet fuel, and MH370 had 108,000 pounds of jet fuel just incase anything happened. This would have let them travel for another two hours.
As mentioned previously, the flight departed at 12:40am on time from Kuala Lumpur. At 1:40am, Captain Shah made the last ever transmission that flight MH370 would ever make, and ended the transmission with “Goodnight MH370.” A few minutes after this transmission was made, the plane shut everything down (electronics and lights) and the plane disappeared. After all of the communications and transmission devices were switched off, the plane immediately did a u-turn and headed west which meant that it was going in the completely wrong direction. It flew across Peninsula Malaysia turning south of Penang to the northwest and then towards the Indian Ocean. The aircraft then sent out a final automated satellite communication at 8:00am, but this did not contain any information on where the plane was going. This is the last known communication from Flight MH370 and after this, the plane is believed to have been ditched in the deep Southern Indian Ocean.
The situation after this wasn’t handled very well. It took over 5 hours after the plane was supposed to reach in Beijing for Kuala Lumpur to send its first distress signal and then it wasn’t until another 5 hours after that a search flight went out to look for Flight MH370. A search and rescue mission was finally launched in Southeast Asia quite soon after the disappearance of the plane. About a week later, they moved their search efforts to the Southern Indian Ocean and this is known to be the biggest and most expensive search in aviation history. 19 vessels and 345 military aircraft units were searching a 45,000,000km squared radius in the ocean. They also searched about 1800km of the sea floor just off of Perth. Unfortunately, nothing was found.
By March 30th, the Australian government had launched the joint agency coordination center in order to find MH370. This agency consisted of Malaysian, Chinese, and Australian government officials. In January of 2015, the Malaysian government released an official statement declaring the disappearance an accident. In January 17th in 2017, the official search for MH370 was called off even though nothing had been found except for some debris off the coast of South Africa. In January of 2018, however, a private US company decided to do their own search of 112,000km but this was concluded in June 9th of 2018 as nothing had been found.
Another interesting thing to point out is the situation with the black box. The black box is an indestructible (even in water) item that every plane has in case of an emergency so that people can figure out what happened in the last few hours of the plane since it can carry two hours of cockpit voice recordings and 25 hours of flight data. It will sink in water, but they have this underwater beacon that starts emitting a pulse as soon as the black box hits the water. It can send a pulse everyday for 30 days until it runs out of battery. Thus, it should’ve been sending pulses until April 7th. However. this black box was never found.
This disappearance was deliberately carried out by captain Zaharie Shah. The biggest evidence for this is that less than a month before the disappearance of the flight, Shah conducted a very similar Boeing 777 flight on his at home simulator. He took off from Kuala Lumpur and then made a very sudden turn over the South China Sea, and then again towards the Indian Ocean which is where the plane ended up ditching. The very next day he conducted another simulated flight and this one was from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah which he was actually due to carry out the next day. Similarly, he began to fly this one over the Southern Indian Ocean. Information was also carried out that he flew it into the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Shah did try and delete all of these simulations, but they were later found on a shadow backup on his computer. As mentioned before, MH370 hung over Penang Island for one minute before supposedly crashing into the Indian Ocean. Penang Island was actually Shah’s hometown, and so it is possible that Shah wanted to look over his hometown one last time before killing himself. Aviation experts said that due to the way the plane was being flown between different air spaces, it would be able to physically disappear. Another piece of evidence is that both Shah’s wife and daughter have come out and said that their family was going through a very rough patch during the time of the flight’s disappearance. They also said that Shah became addicted to his flight simulator and would lock himself in there for hours, completely isolating himself from his family problems.
The next theory is that this happened due to an oxygen deficiency. This theory revolves around the thought that the entire plane, including Captain Shah, were all unconscious due to an oxygen deficiency and that it just flew on autopilot until it eventually ran out of fuel and ditched in the ocean. However, experts say that a plane on autopilot could not have made those same movements in the air and that the moves seemed to be much more deliberate. There are certain theories inside of this theory. One of the theories is that Shah was the one who caused this oxygen deficiency so that everyone on the plane was unconscious except for him. Another theory within this theory is that this was a hijacking and that somebody deliberately messed with the oxygen tank. The last version of this theory is that there was some sort of accident that harmed the ship’s mechanics and affected the oxygen supply.
The third theory revolves around a mystery passenger on the flight. The official report for the flight said that there were 239 people on board. However, only 226 people were actually on board because 4 people failed to board. There were also 12 crew members which brings the official number up to 238 people. Thus, there had to be one extra person on board and it is possible that this extra person was the one who hijacked the plane.
The next theory is that the plane was shot down by US military officials. In May of 2014, a book was published that was called Flight MH370: The Mystery. This book claimed that the plane was shot down during a US-Thai military strike exercise. This book claimed that the search was thrown off on purpose as a coverup (they were always searching in the wrong area on purpose so they wouldn’t get caught). In the same year, a Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukraine with a surface to air missile. Thus, people thought that what happened to this Boeing 777 also happened to Flight MH370.
Another theory is that this was a hijacking. Even though this has been mentioned before, there are two more theories on the topic of hijacking. According to the first theory, Israeli agents planned to crash this plane and blame it on Iran. This reason that this theory came to light was due to the fact that there were two men from Iran on this plane and they were using fake passports. However, it has been confirmed that these two men were boarding under fake identities to immigrate. The second theory within this theory was that the plane was cyber hijacked. After 9/11, there was technology built within each plane that could let people control where the aircraft went next, since they wanted to prevent 9/11 from happening again. Thus, it is possible that someone hijacked into this technology and were able to control the plane and make it land on a remote island. Now, these people are being held captive on this remote island.
The last theory is that the disappearance of the flight was caused by a fire on the plane. This could account for why the Shah was making a u-turn since it is possible that he wanted to land somewhere close by to get rid of the fire, but the fire eventually got to him and he passed out. The plane then continued on autopilot until it ditched. This theory, however, does not explain how autopilot could have made those kind of movements.
Which theory do I believe?
The disappearance of Flight MH370 is one that is extremely famous, and one that is very heartbreaking as well. Without a single doubt in my mind, I am confident that the disappearance of Flight MH370 was carried out by captain Zaharie Shah. The fact that the exact movements of the plane were carried out on his home simulator is too much of a coincidence for me, and I believe that this was something that Shah had been planning for months. He became addicted to flying, and wanted to test out different air spaces and routes. He realized that he eventually hated his home life and due to the problems he was having with his family, he decided that he wanted to end his life whilst doing what he loved. Thus, he waited for the perfect moment, in which his co-pilot would be a man that wasn’t very experienced with Boeing 777 and would follow his lead due to his own insecurity about flying a plane. At 1:00am, after making the last transmission, Shah shut everything down and messed with the oxygen tank so that everyone would fall unconscious. He then killed Abdul and that is when he began to make his u-turn, and said goodbye to his hometown Penang Island, and began flying the plane through different air spaces so that it would completely vanish and nobody would ever know what happened to it. In order to carry out such a skilled disappearance, a fully trained captain is needed, and Shah clearly was one since he had been flying for his entire life and was addicted to flying. I believe that Zaharie Shah deliberately caused the disappearance of Flight MH370 and everyone on the flight, including Shah, is dead. Perhaps we will never find the plane of the bodies as Shah carried out this disappearance in a very skillful manner due to the expertise he had.
Bibliography & Credit: Fiori, Bella, director. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370. YouTube, YouTube, 25 Oct. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMUX6-0BTVw.