Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been missing for 10 months, and there hasn’t been the slightest piece of hard evidence suggesting that the Boeing 777 is indeed in the southern Indian Ocean. According to Fox News, authorities have prepared a “salvage operation” just in case the fuselage is located. While some believe that this advancement is a positive one (in that the plane could potentially be located soon), it doesn’t sound like officials are any closer in their search.
“While no wreckage from the missing aircraft has yet been found, preparations are being made so a recovery operation can be mobilized quickly and effectively when needed,” Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said in a statement.
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared off of radar in March of 2014. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, it is believed that someone in the cockpit shut off the transponder system deliberately, and that the plane may have been sabotaged. Of course, this is just another theory, which some people believe and other people don’t. At this point, most people seem to think that someone intentionally downed the plane, but whether or not it was hijacked or the pilot was crooked remains to be seen.
There are several conspiracy theories that suggest that whoever took over the plane actually landed it in another country, and that all 239 passengers and crew on board are either being held hostage, or they’ve all been killed. People will continue to debate these possibilities until the plane is found.
If the plane is not found, the search will end in May.
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has caused some people to think about other measures that could be put into place so that if this sort of thing ever happened again, the plane could be located faster. According to ABC News, the NTSB has been considering “tamper-resistant transmitters” which would communicate with satellites to report the plane’s location on a more frequent basis. There have also been a few other ideas projected, which the NTSB is mulling over at this time.
“The board also asked the government to require that planes be equipped with cockpit video recorders, and that all of the planes’ recorders — including the flight data and voice recorders known as ‘black boxes’ — be designed so they cannot be disabled by the flight crew.”
Do you think Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is in the Indian Ocean? Do you think the NTSB should be proactive in making changes to plane transmitters?
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