Whither Flight MH370?

At 12:42 a.m. March 8, 2014, Malaysia Flight 370, a Boeing 777-200ER airliner vanished into the Indian Ocean. Today, more than five years later, what happened to 227 passengers, 10 flight attendants, and two pilots-remains a mystery. For quite some time, preposterous theories — space aliens had abducted them — has as much support in evidence as any others.

William Langewiesche, a professional pilot and one of the world’s prominent aviation writers, in a feature in July’s The Atlantic makes a persuasive argument as to the flight’s fate. Malaysian officials have claimed the plane’s disappearance was an accident of some unknown cause. Together with one Blaine Gibson, a self described adventurer who apparently is of independent means, and Grace Subathirai Nathan, a Malaysian lawyer, Langewiesche searched for and sorted out information that points to the airliner’s captain intentionally flying it and its occupants into oblivion, and Malaysian authorities anxious to cover up this misdeed.

The article is long and detailed, and is worth reading, particularly if one is a detective story fan or aviation enthusiast. Much of the underlying evidence might be open to challenge, and some writers including on Clive Irving in the Daily Beast (for whatever that’s worth) but it deserves consideration and further investigation. The remaining important answers, Langewiesche opines, do not lie at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, but with the authorities in Kuala Lumpur.

The Atlantic, July 2019, pp. 79 – 94.  On line at: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/mh370-malaysia-airlines/590653/

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