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Where Did Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Go?

Leah Robinson, Staff Writer

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On March 8, 2014, Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. An hour later,  the Boeing 777-200 (one of the safest planes we have ), carrying 239 passengers, disappeared over the South China Sea early Saturday morning. Twenty-four countries are currently searching for this airplane that has gone into the unknown.  The search extends throughout 11 countries, reaching as far north as Kazakhstan, which is located in Central Asia, far from any ocean. The entire search area is now 2.24 million square miles.

How could such a large plane just disappear without any evidence or warning? Not much is known. Authorities have searched the pilots’ houses, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53 and Fariq Ab Hamid, 27, in hopes to find anything related to the incident. As of now, all that was found was a flight simulator, which was taken and will be looked over.

The Malaysian Prime Minister has made a statement saying that the plane was steered off course on purpose. The US has also been able to support the idea that the plane was pre-programmed to make the turn even before the plane took flight.  Zaharie is a very strong supporter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Ibrahim had just been sentenced to jail because of political vendetta. Authorities now have suspicion that Zaharie could have been upset with the decision and decided to do something about it.

Not soon after the plane went missing, authorities noticed two men who had boarded the airplane with stolen passports. The men bought their tickets together, which only furthered the suspicion that foul play or terrorism played a part in the disappearance of the plane. Fortunately this theory has now been ruled out by Malyasian investigators.

Making this case even more mind-blowing is the fact that family members have been able to get a ring tone when calling their loved ones’ cell phones who were passengers on the plane. This piece of information lets authorities know that there is a great chance that they are no longer in the air and that their phones are most likely turned on.

It has also been reported that although the signal for the plane suddenly disappeared, satellite information shows that the plane flew for seven more hours in the opposite direction. Why did the plane turn around? Why didn’t the pilots communicate with the airport? There are still thousands of questions that have yet to be answered.

More details and questions about Flight 370 can be found here:

“Its really scary to know that a plane can just disappear out of nowhere like that,” Mia McGill said. “I hope that they are found, and I hope that their families can find peace soon.”

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Where Did Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Go?