The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished without a trace on March 8, will never be found, says the author of a book on the mystery, aptly titled, Flight MH370: The Mystery. The reason why the plane is lost forever? According to author Nigel Cawthorne, the answer is simple.
“There’s no sensible theory to where it is,” Cawthorne told Britain’s Express newspaper Thursday.
Cawthorne believes that the theory held by the Australian-led, international team currently in the midst of a multimillion dollar search for any evidence of the Malaysia Airlines plane is the “most likely” one.
The searchers believe that Flight 370, bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, flew about seven hours and thousands of miles off course, until it finally crashed into the remote Indian Ocean, near an area searchers have termed the “Seventh Arc.”
That’s where the international team has been using state-of-art equipment to scour the previously unexplored ocean floor since September. But despite scouring 4,247 square miles of ocean floor — about half the size of the state of New Hampshire — and about 1.8 million miles of ocean surface, which is an area about half the size of the United States, the searchers have found absolutely nothing.
“If it is there I’m almost certain it will never be found,” says Cawthorne. “The current there is the worst in the world, the weather there is the worst in the world and the sea floor there is less well-known than the surface of the Moon. It is the most remote part of this planet.”
The search is now being conducted by just a single ship in the vast area around the Seventh Arc.
Families of the 298 passengers and crew who vanished along with the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 are now facing the possibility that the search will reach its pre-determined end point in May of 2015 without finding any trace of their missing loved ones.
The vacuum of information and results has led some of the family members, as well as many independent researchers, to think the worst not only of the fate of Flight MH370, but of the authorities leading the search for the mysteriously vanished airliner.
“We don’t know why or what is being covered up, but something is being covered up,” Sarah Bajc, the girlfriend of Philip Wood who was one of the just three Americans on Flight MH70, said this week.
Also earlier this week, the former head of a now-defunct French airline, Marc Dugain, made international headlines with his belief that Flight MH370 was shot down by the U.S. military on Diego Garcia Islands, because authorities there feared that the plane was about to attack the military base in a 9/11-style suicide crash.