Where is Flight MH370?

2014 ,    »  -   18 Comments
Ratings: 8.15/10 from 205 users.

With fresh memories in our minds of the unimaginable event on March 8 2014, which caused the world to hold its breath, this BBC Horizon documentary gives a forensic analysis of the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. 26 nations joined the search to find the missing plane. With theories such as terrorist attacks, a suicidal pilot, colossal technical faults or another event that caused loss of control - learn the inside story with air crash investigators.

Delve behind the scenes of the engineering marvel which is the Boeing 777 - a plane with systems so advanced that it could technically fly itself.

Plane navigation is pre-programmed by computers. Air paths are like the 'motorways in the sky' and have set routes which are defined by 'waypoints'. Waypoints have code names that the air traffic controllers and pilots use to describe certain points of an air path. Within a minute of taking off, the crew was told to change their route to a waypoint called Igari. The last automated message from the flight MH370 showed that it was flying the correct route to Beijing.

With an inconceivably large search area often called 'close to nowhere, as it's possible to be', investigators used data recorded via satellite communications to discover that the plane had flown on for 7 hours - after being lost on radars. With further investigation it was confirmed that the plane had not flown north as had hoped, but south into the southern Indian ocean. Why MH370 came to be so far off course is a question still to be answered.

On a race to find the plane's black box before the batteries that powered it ran out, an Australian navy support vessel located the ping signals from a black box. However, locating the box in an ocean almost 5 kilometers deep is difficult. Finding a needle in a haystack would be easier, because at least you have a haystack to know where to start the search. Continuing to look for the wreckage of MH370 is an ongoing process, but with several distinct pings from the black box, the 'haystack' has at least been found.

Though we may never know the fate of the passengers onboard, the world shares the grief and pain of the families left behind. But with new aviation technology being developed, there may no longer be a requirement for black boxes on aircraft, which could also eliminate the possibility of an airplane to simply vanish from radar. There is hope that this tragic event will never happen again in the future.

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18 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Fabien L'Amour

    Interesting doc with scientific facts and best informed guesses of what could have happened to that plane.

  2. Polaris

    Very good, I agree with L'Amour. Hopefully the film makers stay on top of this search until we know what happened to the plane and her people. And why.

  3. terencegalland

    Wonder if nasa might be of use !

  4. bringmeredwine

    With all due respect to the unfortunate passengers and crew of MH370, this doc was utterly fascinating and engrossing for an aviation nut such as myself. It's really amazing how far advanced flight technology and computer engineering has come.
    Yet we still depend on those rare brainiacs sitting in their labs doing math equations and calculations to put the info to use.
    I really enjoyed this BBC gem and now I wanna get me one of those planes showcased at the 52 minute mark!

  5. Fabien L'Amour

    When you get one, let me know, I'd like a ride :)

  6. bringmeredwine

    Ah, champagne and cigarettes (use an oxygen mask). No more commercial flights with luggage restrictions, the rude seat-hogging masses and their squalling babies!
    Dad use to design and test aviation computer programs and telecommunication systems. We both thought MH370 had landed near Pakistan.
    I must tell him about this doc.

  7. Horst Manure

    Can some one tell me why the crew are allowed to turn off the transporter and why no oil or debris has floated to the surface by now.

  8. aliakbarlandani

    Usual BBC and MSM lies of omission, not a word about Diego Garcia, a huge American military air/naval base in the Indian ocean, nor about Malaysian airlines twin to MH370 that was bought by Israel flown there and hasn't been seen since!

  9. Jack1952

    There are over 700 American military bases around the world. No matter where that plane went down, you'd find one somewhere in the vicinity. There will always be a base nearby, to lend fuel to a conspiracy theory. Pure speculation.

  10. Richard Neva

    Expect it will happen again. The Rothchild terrorists have found the weak point in governmental systems and they can take down what ever they want, just don't fly anymore you might be the next victim!

  11. Justin AK Jaspa

    they are not allowed i guess, but that doesn't mean you can't

  12. Jim Bunion

    Boeings are equipped with remote pilot control, even the pilots do not know if the controls are taken over. This plane was taken for the men aboard.

  13. neil

    so the question is .....why in a world where anyone in a yacht or in the mountains can know where they are within 20 meters why didnt they have gps why didnt and why dont all aircraft have 3 gps that go of automatically ????????

  14. Lexy

    I'm gonna get geeky now...but no one has mentioned if they had entered the NDB incorrectly like the AA crash in Cali, Columbia in 1995. The pilots weren't really paying attention and when they entered the coordinates, 3 options came up and they just pressed the top one not checking if it was correct or not. Igari was their last input, but what if they typed in IG into the NDB and a 'fast fingered freddy' chose the top option not checking if it was the correct option this could have put them off course.
    I watch to many programmes about this stuff :-/

  15. MysteryBox

    Well, i don't know but maybe there where terrorists aboard that had somehow got explosives aboard and just basically exploded the whole plane and caused that to make it disappear and never be found.

  16. Dorel_C

    Ask the Amerikan gov. they know what happened !!

  17. Opasatica Jack

    will it happen again,I don't know. Is there a way it could be prevented?
    There is a Canadian Company that may have the solution,and I think it does..
    Flyht Aerospace Solutions ( FLY-V ) It reads the black box and sends info to ground live in seconds.Look it up and read about it .

  18. Sam

    The date of this video posting is Dec 31/2013-plane dissapeared 8/3/2014.

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