Thursday, 27 March 2014

Flight MH370: Lost

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EVER since flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished in the early hours of March 8th with 239 people on board, the Malaysian authorities have been criticised for being too slow and too confusing in releasing information. This week they were under fire for being too quick and too certain.

On March 24th the prime minister, Najib Razak, made his second televised statement on the mystery. He announced that the flight had “ended in the southern Indian Ocean”. After intricate and innovative detective work on the hourly satellite “handshakes” the plane kept sending after its disappearance, experts had concluded it had plunged into a remote area of turbulent sea hundreds of miles south-west from the nearest landing strips, in Western Australia.

Distraught families of the missing—the majority of whom were Chinese—could not understand the certainty of the analysis when no physical trace of the plane has been found. China’s government, unusually, even allowed them to protest angrily outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing.

The area being searched for wreckage by planes from six countries is still vast, and the hunt was held up by bad weather and complicated by currents that can move debris across huge distances. On March 26th some more concrete news came when satellite imagery appeared to reveal 122 objects that might have come from MH370. But they were 2,500 kilometres (1,560 miles) from Perth. And the search has revealed that even the wildest, remotest stretches of the ocean are strewn with litter.

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