Hello, friends. 8th March 2014. 12.42 PM. The Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 takes off from Kuala Lumpur. This flight is to go to Bijing. There are 227 passengers in this flight. There are 10 flight attendants and 2 pilots are flying this plane. On one side is Captain Zahari Ahmad Shah. He is 53 years old and one of the senior most captains of the Malaysian Airlines. He is very experienced. On the other side is 1st officer Farik Hameed.
Critical Moments in Malaysian Flight MH370's Training Flight: A Detailed Timeline
He is 27 years old and this is a training flight for him. After completing this training flight, he will be fully certified to become a pilot. This flight takes off in the right direction for almost 20 minutes. At 1.08 PM, this flight crosses the Malaysian coastline and goes over the South China Sea. In the direction of Vietnam. Zahari reports that the plane's level is at 35,000 feet. Everything is going normally. After 11 minutes, the plane reaches the jurisdiction of the Vietnamese air traffic. For this reason, the air traffic control of Kuala Lumpur is called Malaysian 370 on the radio. Contact Ho Chi Minh 120.9. Good night. Malaysian 370, contact Ho Chi Minh 120.9. In response, Captain Zahari answers, Good night, Malaysian 370. Good night, Malaysian 370.
Everything sounds normal and it is normal up to this point of time. But the words of Captain Zahari were the last words to be heard from this airplane. After that, no sign of this flight was found. The Malaysian Airlines flight suddenly disappears and this incident becomes the biggest aviation mystery in the world. Breaking news tonight, a Malaysian Airlines flight... MH370... Disappeared en route to Beijing. 7-0, we are ready for testing. 3-4-0-2-B-T. Malaysia Airlines 370. Flight MH370, end of. In the southern Indian Ocean. Just 30 seconds after the Vietnamese reached the airspace, this plane suddenly disappears from the radar. The time was 1.21 pm.
The Mysterious Disappearance of MH370
The air traffic control of Kuala Lumpur does not notice this. When they do, they feel that this plane has left the radar range. And it must have gone into the Vietnam airspace. So it's not unusual. Whereas on the other hand, the air traffic control in Vietnam, they see that the MH370 has come into their airspace. But it suddenly disappears from the radar. They try to communicate with the plane. But on the other hand, there is no response. After 18 minutes of repeated attempts, the Vietnamese controllers tell Kuala Lumpur that the MH370 has suddenly disappeared. In such situations, The Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre of Kuala Lumpur should have been notified within an hour that the plane has disappeared. But actually, 4 hours pass before an emergency response begins. It's 6.32 am. This was the time when the plane should have landed in Beijing. But there was no landing.
A search operation is called immediately. They try to find the plane. If you look at the map, the plane was going from Malaysia to Beijing. Vietnam falls in the middle and South China Sea comes in the middle. So it's obvious that this was a search operation. They try to find the plane in the middle of the South China Sea. This search operation is an international effort. 34 ships and 28 aircraft from 7 different countries try to find the plane the next morning. But they don't get a trace of the plane. About 4 days later, on 12th March, it is reported that the plane had disappeared from the civilian radar. But that night, a military radar spotted the plane. What's surprising is that according to this military radar, this plane was last seen at 2.22 am. Its location was not in the South China Sea. It was near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It was in the west of Malaysia, in the Strait of Malacca. And according to the readings of this military radar, this plane was actually going in the direction of the Andaman Islands. On the other side of Beijing. Everyone is shocked to hear this news.
Where did this plane go?
Did it fly in the direction of India and crash near the Himalayas or Kazakhstan? A few days later, we get a new evidence. Satellite data. We get to know that the plane was automatically trying to communicate with a satellite. This is quite common. The big airplanes like the Boeing 777, they often try to communicate with the satellites. To make their communication easier,