The families tormented by one of the biggest mysteries in aviation

Li Eryou has been troubled by the words “lost contact” for the past ten years. When his son Yanlin was on board flight MH370 when it vanished, Malaysia Airlines informed him of this. “What do you mean by ‘lost contact’? I’ve been wondering for years. Mr. Li remarks, “I think you should be able to get in touch with someone again if you lose contact with them. Farmers from a village south of Beijing, he and his wife Liu Shuangfeng have battled to understand what has grown to be one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.


On March 8, 2014, the pilot bid farewell to Malaysian air traffic control less than an hour into a normal nighttime flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Boeing 777 was ready to enter Vietnamese airspace, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members. Then it turned abruptly, cutting off all electronic communications. It is believed to have ran out of gasoline when it turned back, first over Malaysia and then out into the isolated southern Indian Ocean. Four years into the largest and most expensive search operation ever undertaken, there was still no sign of the missing airplane.


Numerous oceanographers, aeronautical engineers, and curious laypeople have meticulously examined the incomplete data from the expedition, attempting to determine the flight’s final destination. Ten years of unrelenting agony have been experienced by the relatives of those on board as they have struggled to continue the search and determine the precise cause of MH370’s disappearance. Mr. Li has traveled the globe in support of that initiative. He claims to have spent all of his savings on trips to beaches in Madagascar, Europe, and Asia, where pieces of the missing plane have been discovered. He claims that in an area where his son might have washed ashore, he wanted to feel the sand.


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