Monday, 17 March 2014

Stranger Than Fiction

The disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight M370 is both bizarre and frightening. The flight which originated in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur was heading to Beijing, China with over 200 passengers and crew when it simply vanished into thin air. This most unfortunate incident has stunned the aviation world as the governments of many countries including China, USA, India and Malaysia have joined in an international search effort to locate the plane.
As it expected many theories are being circulated regarding what might have happened to the plane since its disappearance just over a week ago. Many experts and the ordinary man in the street have been asking themselves and wondering whether this incident was a case of mechanical difficulties with the plane or a more sinister ploy of piracy. The Malaysian government for the first time has said that the missing jetliner had its communications systems deliberately turned off. As a result a hijacked theory is now being viewed as plausible as the search for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 intensifies as it enters its second week.  
How it is that in an age of unprecedented advances in communication and technology we are no closer to knowing what exactly happened to this flight?
Are surveillance cameras installed in the cockpits of all passenger air planes? This could have been a useful measure as the ground crew would have been able to see exactly what was happening in the cockpit before the disappearance of this flight.
This incident has left us with so many unanswered questions. How is it that in a time of increase scrutiny on matters of security two passengers could have travelled on stolen passports?
Whatever the outcome of this incident the families of those aboard the ill fated jetliner needs closure. We can only hope that the authorities will learn from this incident and put in measures to prevent this stranger than fiction incident from happening again.

Wayne Campbell
waykam@yahoo.com