Flight 370: Item In Cargo Hold The Cause For Malaysia Airlines Disaster?

Flight 370 has been missing for nine months, and the mystery surrounding what happened to the Boeing 777 grows greater every day. Every time a bit of new information comes out, new theories arise, and new explanations are considered, which is what happened again this week. According to ABC 10 News, something in the cargo hold of the plane could have been the reason why the plane didn’t make it to Beijing on that fateful March day. Could lithium batteries have caused an explosion on board?

“During [a] test, the cargo container was packed with 5,000 lithium-ion batteries and a cartridge heater was added to simulate a single battery experiencing overheating. The heat triggered overheating in nearby batteries, raising the temperature to about 1,100 degrees. It led to an explosion that blew open the container door,” reports ABC 10 News.

Flight 370 is believed to be in the southern Indian Ocean. The main problem that people have with the idea of an “explosion” is that there have not been any pieces of the wreckage found anywhere. Nothing strange has washed up on shore, no bits of the aircraft have been floating on the ocean’s surface, and there has not been any indication that the Malaysia Airlines plane actually “blew up” in any way.

For many people who have been following this story, any kind of explosion has been ruled out because of the lack of tangible evidence. And so other explanations will continue to be considered. According to The Week, relatives of the 239 passengers and crew on board the aircraft are completely fed up. Some are offering a $3 million reward to anyone who has information that leads to the fuselage, or gives a clear explanation of what happened to the plane. Many of these families believe that the Malaysian government is keeping information from them. Of course, without any real answers after nine months, many of these families have no other choice but to believe that they are being kept in the dark.

Conspiracy theories surrounding the whereabouts of Flight 370 have continued to circulate, and for many, these ideas (though some are downright crazy) could hold some truth. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, people have considered a hijacking, pilot suicide, and alien abduction when it comes to explaining what happened to the Malaysia Airlines plane. There has been a constant debate about where the plane actually is. While some believe it’s in the ocean, others believe it landed somewhere, and that authorities aren’t looking in the right place.

Do you think the missing plane will ever be found?

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