Published on : Saturday, March 15, 2014
As the most mysterious case in the history of the airline industry remains unsolved after nearly a week, the most promising investigation lead suggests that the Malaysia Airlines flight MH307 was deliberately diverted to the west of Malaysia, possibly as far as the Indian Ocean.
The chances of hijack and foul play are still very possible as the investigators are focusing more on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight, with 239 people on board, hundreds of miles off its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
At the latest hour there are 42 ships and 39 aircraft from a dozen countries and ten satellites taking part in one of the most intensive searches ever undertaken, scouring nearly 27,000 square nautical miles (93,000 square kilometres) of the South China Sea and even the Andaman Sea.
The failure to find any wreckage or the aeroplane’s flight-recorder means there are no clues, as yet, as to what happened. That in itself is unusual.
Moreover, NASA is using satellite data gathered earlier as well as images from the remote-controlled ISERV camera system on the International Space Station.
Despite the increased focus on the Indian Ocean, a senior Malaysia Airlines official expressed pessimism over the chances of finding the aircraft there.
“We are actually searching that part of the geography, but the likelihood of the aircraft being there is probably very, very low,” said Hugh Dunleavy, Malaysia Airlines chief of operations.
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