Malaysian Airline Flight MH 370 Vanishes Mid-Air
Perhaps the most uncanny truth to go down in the history of 21st century, an international Malaysian aircraft carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members suddenly disappeared altogether from mid-air less than an hour after take-off without any forewarning of distress signal, technical issues or bad weather.
The Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that was scheduled from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on 8 March 2014, took off from Kuala Lumpur at 00: 41 MST as schedule but 40 min after take-off it lost all radar contact with Subang Air Traffic Control outside Kuala Lumpur at around 1:20 MST. The last data transmission received from the aircraft was at 1: 07 MST when the crew confirmed reaching an altitude of 35,000 feet and travelling at 471 knots per hour, after which the last voice contact was made at 1:19 MST when all of a sudden the transponder signal got lost and any further communication with the aircraft was ceased. At around 1:30 MST, another aircraft tried to establish contact with the Malaysian Flight 370 at request of Vietnamese ATC but only received some mumbling and static radio signal. The flight was announced missing by the Malaysian Airlines, one hour after it missed its scheduled arrival at Beijing airport.
A multi-national search and rescue operation was initiated, involving 26 nations and expanding an area from Gulf of Thailand to the South China Sea in the first phase and was later expanded over Strait of Malacca, Andaman Sea and Malay Peninsula. By March 22, search involving navy, air force, civil aviation department, Maritime Emergency Agency and many other international agencies (Australian Maritime Safety Authority, British Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Immarsat satellite etc.) was made but could not trace the plane. On March 24, the Malaysian government announced that “beyond any reasonable doubt” the aircraft had gone down on some southern part of Indian Ocean with no possible survivors. On January 29, 2015, the Malaysian government officially declared the disappearance of flight MH370 as an accident with no possible survivors. The search is reported to be the largest international search and rescue mission in world history and is still in process without any trace of the aircraft as of now.
Source: Information as taken from different news agencies.