…ONE AIRLINE LOST TWO PLANES
ON 8 MARCH, ML370 left Kuala Lumpur, heading for Beijing, carrying 239 people from 14 countries. Without plane veered off course heading out over the Indian Ocean where it likely plunged to a watery grave, killing all on board. Despite increasingly frantic international search and rescue efforts, satellite imaging and high-tech remote sensing equipment, no trace of the plane has been discovered. As the fruitless search continued, family members of the passengers demanded explanations, increasingly critical of their treatment by Malaysia Airlines. With no explanation, anguished families have refused to accept the plane just, well, vanished.
Just four months later, on 17 July, a second catastrophe struck the airline. Flight MH17, en route to Kuala Lumpur from The Netherlands, was eastern Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines had, up to that point, declined to shift despite other international airlines choosing to do so. With no advance warning, an explosion tore into the plane, carrying all 298 people, including South African helicopter pilot Cameron Dalziel, to their deaths.
For days after the attack, the crash site descended further into chaos as the mangled wreckage and dismembered bodies lay exposed in the summer heat. Ukrainian rebel forces initially blocked investigators onto the scene and would not allow coroners to gather remains. Now, months after the crash, there is still no agreement on what happened.
Industry experts have speculated about Malaysia Airlines’ survival these calamities, with passengers avoiding the airline. In the absence of any credible information, the mysterious disappearance of ML370 has triggered conspiracy theories that range from the plane’s abduction to a real-life version of the TV series