CNN Aviation Correspondent Richard Quest offers a gripping and definitive account of the disappearance of Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 in March 2014.
On March 8, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared with barely a trace, carrying 239 people on board—seemingly vanishing into the dark night. The airplane’s whereabouts and fate would quickly become one of the biggest aviation mysteries of our time…
Richard Quest, CNN’s Aviation Correspondent, was one of the leading journalists covering the story. In a coincidence, Quest had interviewed one of the two pilots a few weeks before the disappearance. It is here that he begins his gripping account of those tense weeks in March, presenting a fascinating chronicle of an international search effort, which despite years of searching and tens of millions of dollars spent has failed to find the plane.
Quest dissects what happened in the hours following the plane’s disappearance and chronicles the days and weeks of searching, which led to nothing but increasing despair. He takes apart the varying responses from authorities and the discrepancies in reports, the wide range of theories, the startling fact that the plane actually turned around and flew in the opposite direction, and what solutions the aviation industry must now implement to ensure it never happens again.
What emerges is a riveting chronicle of a tragedy that continues to baffle everyone from aviation experts to satellite engineers to politicians—and which to this day worries the traveling public that it could happen again.
Richard Quest is a CNN Aviation Correspondent and business anchor for CNN International who has covered the airline, aviation, and travel industry for more than twenty-five years. Quest, one of the most respected aviation correspondents in the world, anchors the flagship Quest Means Business program weekdays at 4 pm ET on CNN International. He regularly chairs panels of airline CEOs and has presented CNN Business Traveller for more than ten years. He has been awarded the Carlton Wagonlit Travel Journalist of the Year Award, the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Association of Broadcasters Television Personality of the Year Award in 2014.
MH370: Aviation Expert Richard Quest Reveals New Facts
Published on Mar 9, 2015
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“The loss of MH370 is unprecedented in aviation history,” says aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas. “We’ve never lost a plane this big. We’ve never lost a plane in the modern era for so long.”
MH370 was a routine flight, until it vanished from radar on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Satellite tracking revealed the plane continued flying for another seven hours.
The handling of the mystery and lack of information from authorities has been slammed by the families.
Despite dozens of theories, most experts agree the plane went down somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.
The most extensive underwater mapping in history is still continuing.
“At the moment we’ve covered more than 200,000 square miles, or twice the size of Tasmania, so it’s a huge survey,” says Stuart Minchin of Geoscience Australia
Many experts say it was human factors that brought down MH370 – either a hijack gone wrong or the pilot committed suicide.
“The aeroplane could not have done what it did,” says Mr Thomas. “It changed course four times, changed altitude twice. The aeroplane can’t do that by itself. Somebody had to have that input.”
It’s a theory that can only be confirmed when and if the plane and its black boxes are ever found.