Megan Newman, ‘Doah Editor-In-Chief
April 2, 2014
Over the last month the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has changed from a search and rescue mission to a search for a watery gravesite for the 239 people aboard. Since the plane went missing on Thursday, Mar. 8 few questions about the plane’s disappearance have been answered.
The last contact with Flight MH-370 was about an hour after the plane’s departure from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, destined for Beijing Capital International Airport. The plane’s transponder disconnected a few minutes later, supposedly physically turned off.
The next point of concern was the discovery that two passengers on the flight had used stolen passports. Interpol identified the passengers as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 18 and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29. Both Mehrdad and Mohammadreza have been deemed little to no threat and most likely using the stolen passports to immigrate illegally.
After 17 days of no debris, or any other sign of the plane even with assistance from 22 other countries, Malaysian Airlines announced that the plane was assumed lost with no survivors. Family members of the passengers and crew were notified in person, by phone and by a SMS that read “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean”
Earlier this week the Malaysian government released the official cockpit transcript from flight MH-370. despite the uproar over the discrepancies between the official transcript and statements previously made over the pilots last communication which is officially “goodnight Malaysian three seven zero,” the official transcript does not indicate anything abnormal or any reason for concern.
The search for the plane will end early next week whether or not flight MH-370 is found. The batteries in the plane’s black box last about 30 days after a plane crashes. Once the batteries die and the box stops emitting a signal it will be next to impossible to find the plane within the Indian Ocean.