It’s not so long ago that Malaysian Air flight MH370 which went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in 2014 was the story no newspaper could go to print without mentioning. A couple of years later, the plane has never been found and the story has faded into the distance, one of those mysteries that seemingly won’t ever be solved.
However, although the plane still hasn’t been found, a panel of air experts from Australian TV show 60 minutes now believe that Malaysian Air flight MH370 may have been deliberately ‘disappeared’ by its pilot – who flew in a deliberate path to evade radar scans in a deliberate plan to kill himself and his 239 passengers and crew.
Martin Dolan, former head of the Australia Transport Safety Bureau, said, ‘This was planned, this was deliberate, and it was done over an extended period of time.’
Simon Hardy, a Boeing 777 instructor, said the captain appears to have flown deliberately along the Malaysian border with Thailand, ‘between’ radar cover from the two countries. Hardy said, ‘So both of the controllers aren’t bothered about this mysterious aircraft. Cause it’s, ‘Oh, it’s gone. It’s not in our space any more. If you were commissioning me to do this operation and try and make a 777 disappear, I would do exactly the same thing.’
He also believes that an unexplained turn over Malaysian town Penang could have been the pilot ‘saying goodbye’ to his home town of Penang before committing suicide. Hardy said, ‘Somebody was looking out the window, It might be a long, emotional goodbye or a short, emotional goodbye to his home town.’
Despite extensive searches, the plane was never found and the search was suspended in January 2017. In 2018, an American company called Ocean Infinity was called in to search a narrowed 25,000 sqkm area of sea, with payment by the Malaysian government only guaranteed if the wreckage is found.
While the plane’s final resting place still hasn’t been found, a few pieces of the plane have been found in the past four years. Three pieces of debris that are almost certainly from the plane – a flaperon, plane wing fragment and wing flap – were found washed ashore on Indian Ocean islands and a further five similarly found are thought likely to be from the plane.
Unfortunately for those involved with the case and the families of the victims, and the pilot’s family, answers simply aren’t forthcoming and guesswork is the best anybody can manage. For all our technology, satelites and safety systems, it seems some mysteries are not meant to be unravelled.