One of the greatest aviation mysteries in the history of the world is the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. With 239 passengers and crew on board, vanished from radar in the year 2014. Social media users, however, have been posting underwater images of an aircraft. They claim that the wreckage of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has been discovered beneath the Indian Ocean. However, things are not as they appear. The Malaysia Airlines flight is still missing, and no confirmed wreckage has been found. Read the article to learn more!
Is Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 really found?
Recently underwater images of an aircraft have flooded social media platforms with claims that it is the missing Malaysian MH370, which vanished 9 years ago with 239 passengers on board.
On Twitter, a picture of an algae-covered, rusted aircraft was shared with the caption: “Malaysia Airplane MH370 that disappeared 9 years back has been found under the ocean with no human skeleton. The plane had 239 passengers on board.” As of Tuesday evening, the post had garnered more than 61,000 likes.
With the same claim that it showed the Malaysian aircraft, the image was also posted on Facebook alongside several others showing the side of the submerged plane and the seats inside. However, the image does not depict Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which is still missing.
Social media users have been spreading an image of a Lockheed Martin L1011 Tristar. The aircraft that has intentionally sunk off in the Red Sea, wrongly claiming that it depicts Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s wreckage. According to the scuba diving company Deep Blue Dive Centre, the image is actually of an abandoned plane that was purposefully sunk off the coast of Jordan in 2019 to create an artificial reef and foster marine life.
Thus, no confirmed wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been found to date.
What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370?
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a passenger flight operated by Malaysia Airlines. The plane vanished from the radar on March 8, 2014. As it was enroute from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to Beijing Capital International Airport in China. The plane never landed at its intended destination. The last time ATC heard from MH370 was about 38 minutes after takeoff, when the aircraft entered Vietnamese airspace in the early hours of March 8. The pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, bid air traffic control “good night” at that time.
The plane then vanished from radar screens. At the time, Najib Razak, the country’s prime minister, declared that an investigation and analysis had revealed that the flight had likely ended up in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean.
Debris from MH370 has washed up at multiple locations. The first piece of the wreckage was discovered in 2015 on the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Since then, other pieces have been found in Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius.
A total of 33 pieces of debris had been discovered as of December 2016. However, according to reports, only three have been confirmed to be from MH370. Many theories have been put forth to explain what might have happened the day it vanished. Although MH370’s fate is still unknown.
It’s so tragic that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared while on its way to Beijing, was never found. There have been many theories put forth over the years, but the flight’s mishap has never been explained.
Nevertheless, the disappearance is now being explored in the new Netflix series “MH370: The Plane That Disappeared.” The three-part, hour-long documentary series, according to Netflix, is “an opportunity to keep alive the memory of those who were lost in one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time and to keep pushing for answers.”