“With deep sadness I want to inform you that Flight MH370 ended in Southern Indian Ocean,” said Najib Razak (Malaysian PM).
This news on Monday shattered all hopes of the families and concerns of the MH 370 passengers. The Boeing 777, with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers on board, headed to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur mysteriously disappeared on March 8, 2014. This tragic news surfaced yesterday owing to the various search operations.
A very big and a baffling question that has surfaced with this discovery is – Why did the Boeing 777-200ER (9M-MRO) carrying 239 people end up in the Indian Ocean? How did the wide-body passenger jet flight turn into an unprecedented aviation mystery? Who did it? What sent MH 370 to the opposite way from its intended destination?
Guided by a physics principle called the Doppler Effect, the company, Inmarsat, analyzed tiny shifts in the frequency of the plane’s signals to infer the plane’s flight path and likely the final location. The method had never been used before to investigate an air disaster, officials said.
After a seventeen day long multinational exploration starting from the South China Sea, indulgence of British Investigators and the debris spotted by American, French and Chinese satellites finally pinned down MH 370’s last position, that is the southern part of the Indian Ocean.
The Prime Minister Najib Razak revealed yesterday that the eleven-year-old jet crashed thousands of kilometers away in the southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people.
According to Reuters, Inmarsat used wave phenomena to analyze the seven pings picked up from the Malaysian Airlines jet by its satellite to determine its final destination. After the rest of the communication system of the plane stopped, the pings were automatically transmitted every hour. This gave an indication that the plane continued to fly for hours after its disappearance from the flight path.
The actual where and how of the MH 370 mystery cannot be solved unless the black box is surfaced. Until then journey of MH 370 from Malaysia’s east coast city of Kota Baru to the Indian Ocean is another baffling addition to the whole mystery. Now it solely depends on the expertise of the ocean currents and the weather experts to give searchers a lead regarding the point where the plane actually went down. That is where the black box is likely to be recovered.