What is known ten years after the disappearance of MH370?

It has been ten years since MH370 vanished. When it vanished, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, carrying 239 passengers and crew, was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing during the night. About 40 minutes after departing Kuala Lumpur, the twin-engine aircraft made its final message from Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah as it entered Vietnamese territory in the early hours of March 8. He bid farewell to Malaysian air traffic control, saying, “Good night, Malaysian three seven zero.” Then silence fell.

 

However, the plane appeared to continue flying for hours even after it vanished from radar. After concluding initial investigations in the South China Sea, focus was diverted to a secluded area in the southern Indian Ocean, where satellite signals indicated the aircraft may have crashed due to low fuel. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent searching the oceans for debris, but none was found. The world knows little more than it did in 2014, despite the discovery of a few minor fuselage fragments, including a flaperon, which is a component of the wing, washed up on beaches in eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean.

 

On board the downed airliner were citizens of over a dozen nations, with China accounting for over half of them. A group of well-known Chinese calligraphers who had been exhibiting in Kuala Lumpur, two Iranians traveling under false pretenses of European passports, an Indonesian on his way to Beijing for a new career, a Malaysian couple on their honeymoon, small families with small children, and a stunt double for Jet Li were among the passengers. The 53-year-old father of three who worked as a top pilot for Malaysia Airlines since 1981 was Zaharie in the cockpit. Fariq Hamid Ahmad was beside him. Recently, the 27-year-old became eligible to co-pilot the 777.

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