Possibly the greatest modern day aviation mystery is that of MH370, the Malaysia Airlines 777 which disappeared early last year while enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It’s bad enough when a plane goes down, but I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to have a family member or friend on the flight and have no closure and no clue what actually happened.
We’ve seen all kinds of theories about what caused MH370 to go down and where the plane is. Some so ridiculous that they’re almost believable. Air Crash Investigation even has an episode with the facts and their theory on what happened, which at least summarizes things nicely for those who haven’t been following along:
Anyway, just as everyone was starting to lose hope, there might be a breakthrough in the case of MH370. For the first time in a while there seems to be a lead which actually seems reputable. Specifically, a part of a plane was found on Reunion Island, which is off the coast of Madagascar.
— CNN (@CNN) July 29, 2015
Here’s a picture of the plane part which was found:
Obviously this is still “developing,” though you can bet my eyes will be glued to the TV and social media for the foreseeable future, as I think this is about the most realistic lead we’ve had in a while. That’s not a small aircraft part at all, and I don’t think there are that many unaccounted for plane parts from large aircraft.
Here’s to hoping the wreckage is finally found so there’s some closure for the friends and families of those aboard, as well as some insight into what actually happened, so that aviation safety can be improved going forward.
For more actually useful coverage on this, check out the Huffington Post article about it.
What do you make of this — think there’s a chance it might actually be wreckage from MH370?