How awful. Authorities are still trying to figure out what happened to the plane that was carrying 239 passengers when vanished off the coast of Vietnam on Mar. 8, and one new grim report claims that the full jetliner may have suffered damage at an extremely high altitude and disintegrated.
One reason why rescue teams cannot find the massive Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Mar. 8, is because there may no longer be any large remains. Officials now say they have found fragments of the plane, according to The Wall Street Journal, but the breakthrough discovery only bolsters experts’ theory that the plane suffered damage and disintegrated at nearly 35,000 feet.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Did It Disintegrate?
Search and rescue teams reportedly found what they believe to be a composite inner door and a piece of the airplane’s tail. However, Malaysia Airlines said it has not received any confirmation that the fragments found belong to the disappeared aircraft.
The small fragments have led experts to posit, tragically, that the plane may have disintegrated in air. “If it was a catastrophic event at cruise altitude, the debris field would be hard to detect,” said Jonathan Galaviz, a partner with Global Market Advisors, an aviation and leisure consulting firm. “In theory, there would be no large sections of the airplane left intact.” Not to mention the 239 people who were flying on the plane.
But this theory still does not explain why there was absolutely no indication that something wrong happened with the flight until it didn’t arrive in Beijing. All Boeing 777s come equipped with transponders that transmit updates to air traffic controllers, but Flight MH370 never reported anything amiss. The jets also carry emergency beacons so that if something goes wrong, search teams can find the plane — but no signals were received from MH370’s beacon.
“Never have I seen an aircraft losing control and losing all communication,” Mark Martin of aviation consultancy Martin Consulting told The Wall Street Journal.
Unfortunately this story is only getting worse — and more gruesome. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.
— Andrew Gruttadaro