by 👩💻 Stephanie Boyd
The mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 remains an incredible one – the passenger plane, a Boeing 777, failed to land in Beijing from its departing Kuala Lumpur, and despite intense efforts having been mounted into searching for the missing plane, passengers and crew, nothing has ever been found. The plane went missing in March 2014 – and investigators in Malaysia only recently finished their report into the disappearance this July. Their verdict, unfortunately, stands at there being insufficient evidence to ‘determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370’.
Despite official investigations having ceased into the fate of the flight, this hasn’t stopped further theories from being raised. A new documentary, airing this week on National Geographic, will claim that Flight MH370 entered into a spiral which resulted in a fatal smash into the water. Such claims will be made via the network’s Drains The Ocean strand, and has been put together with help from expert engineers offering their predictions and thoughts.
It will be put to viewers that the 777 was in fact flying on autopilot at the time of the disappearance, and that the plane’s engines shorted out one after the other. With the right engine burning out, the autopilot would theoretically compensate – only for the left engine to follow suit – causing a twisting motion. This, according to predictions and analysis made by the programme’s engineers, would have led the flight into a tight spiral, diving into the sea in a crash which would have taken the lives of everyone on board.
The documentary also predicts that if the plane is anywhere, it will be likely to be broken up at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Only small fragments of the 777 were ever found on the ocean’s beaches – as far flung as South Africa, Mauritius and Reunion Island. What caused the plane to go missing at all remains a complete and utter mystery – though this documentary appears to suggest a potential explanation outside of the realms of conspiracy theory.
▶ Flight MH370 - The Search Widens (FT World)
MH370’s disappearance has taken on mystery status of Bermuda Triangle proportions, with several years and comprehensive sweeps remaining completely fruitless – save for piecemeal debris found washed ashore. What really happened to the 777? Will we ever know? Will the documentary launched by National Geographic satisfy any of the bigger questions raised? Let’s wait and see.