Saturday, September 05, 2015

The curious case of MH370: The victims' families won't find any closure with just a part of the wing

Finally, after five weeks the French authorities have officially identified the flaperon that floated onto Reunion Island on 29 July as being from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
Whether this provides closure or not to the next of kin is questionable. While the confirmation does point to the fact that the Triple Seven, with its 239 passengers and crew on board, crashed in the ocean, it sheds no light on what occurred in aviation’s most mysterious disappearance.
Every accident teaches lessons and ensures higher safety standards are followed in the future. In this case, there is literally nothing but second guessing the loss, with scenarios that nibble more at flights of imagination than reality. It is impossible to trace the origin of this piece of wreckage a year on. The search grid has not changed and ocean currents could have taken the debris thousands of miles away from the crash site.
Experts have begun to re-examine the possibility that the eight controlled, but unexplained, turns the plane took meant it vectored under the command of a human hand and did not fly six hours on its own. Nobody can tell us what the heck was going on in that cabin for six hours. In many ways, it makes a mockery of air security as a Triple Seven leaves a large enough signature in the air.
So, did whoever was on the Flight Deck purposely fly this aircraft into the sea after dilly-dallying for six hours and made no contact in that time with ground control? It makes no sense. But what makes even less sense is the fact that an aircraft that was involved in erratic manoeuvres, which took it off the charted course, also disappeared without a trace.
04/09/15 Bikram Vohra/First Post
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