September 15, 2016 8:01:24 pm
The mystery of the much talked about Malaysian Airlines flight 370 is yet to be resolved. However, on Thursday, Malaysia announced that a piece of aircraft wreckage found off the coast of Tanzania has been confirmed to belong to the lost aircraft. This is the latest, among a list of such findings of bits and parts of the aircraft since 2014.
The puzzling disappearance of MH370 occurred on March 8, 2014. It took off from Kuala Lumpur international airport and was headed for Beijing. About an hour after taking off, the flight lost contact with ground authorities while flying over the South China sea.
On March 24, 2014, the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the aircraft was lost somewhere in the Southern Indian ocean. The Malaysian Airlines informed all families of the passengers that the flight has been lost and none of those onboard survived.
An extensive search for the remains of the aircraft soon followed and has not been completely successful yet. Parts of the aircraft have been spotted on several occasions. In July 2015, debris found on the Indian ocean island of Reunion was suspected to belong to the doomed aircraft. Shortly after, a damaged suitcase and few other objects were found in the same area, suggesting a possible link with the aircraft. They were sent to France to be investigated by the country’s civil aviation accident investigation agency.
By September 2015, it was confirmed that the objects were indeed part of the missing aircraft. This was followed by France’s decision to conduct an aerial search operation around the island for more remains.
In March 2016, two more pieces of debris were discovered close to Mozambique, which were sent to Australia for analysis and then confirmed as belonging to MH 370. In June 2016, the Australian Transport minister announced that a piece of aircraft debris has been found lying off the coast of Tanzania that might be part of MH370. On Thursday, the object was confirmed to be part of the mysterious aircraft.
Despite much efforts and occasional sightings of aircraft parts the bulk of the aircraft remains to be found so is the cause behind its disappearance. Reportedly, the search of the Malaysian airlines is the most expensive one in aviation history. The search is nearly finished and families of the 239 passengers and crew would soon be notified of it being called off. But still there is one question that has not been answered: What happened to MH370?
Timeline of events
March 8, 2014: Aircraft goes missing
March 17, 2014: Australia takes lead of the search in southern Indian Ocean
March 24, 2014: Malaysian govt concludes the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean
October 2014: A comprehensive search begins
July 29, 2015: First remains of the flight discovered