It’s been more than a day since Flight MH370 disappeared. Now as search and rescue teams scour the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam, a new report claims that the plane’s pilot may have changed the aircraft’s course before losing contact.
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which was carrying 239 passengers including three Americans and five infant children, continued on Mar. 9, a full day after the massive aircraft vanished. Search and rescue teams are focusing on an area around an oil slick in the ocean near Vietnam, which officials believe to be a remnant of the presumed plane crash — but now a new report says that Flight MH370 may have changed its course completely, a claim that only bolsters fears that this mysterious incident could have been an act of terrorism.
Malaysia Airlines: Did Flight MH370 Turn Around?
Malaysian military revealed that they now believe the plane tried to turn around before it lost contact with air traffic controllers on Mar. 8, according to Reuters. “What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we realized there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turnback,” Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, said.
However, the plane’s pilot did not give any indication that he was turning around, a point that only adds more mystery to this incident.
The search for Flight MH370, which left from Kuala Lumpur headed for Beijing, has mostly been futile. Search and rescue teams discovered an oil slick in the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam that seems to suggest the aircraft went down, but no additional remnants have turned up since the search parties focused on that location.
Now as time goes on without any discovery, the suspicion only grows stronger that the plane’s disappearance wasn’t a tragic accident, but an act of terrorism.
Malaysia Airlines: Stolen Passports Lead To More Mystery
Besides the plane’s odd, unannounced turnaround attempt, authorities have also confirmed that two people on the plane were traveling on stolen passports. An Austrian and an Italian were included on the initial list of Flight MH370’s passengers, but both governments said that none of their citizens were on board. Also, these people who were using the identities of an Italian and Austrian citizen appear to have bought their plane tickets together, according to CNN.
Now the fear is that these two impostors were to blame for the plane’s presumed crash and disappearance.
However, nothing has been confirmed. Search parties are still working around the clock to find any debris from the Malaysian Airlines flight, and an intense, global investigation is currently being carried out. Stay tuned for more Flight MH370 updates.
— Andrew Gruttadaro