A commercial airliner disappeared on a regular flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March eight 2014.
The mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 and the fate of those on board remains unsolved and the final resting place of the crew and passengers remains unknown.
This is despite a massive effort by a number of nations to locate the missing plane. It seems unthinkable, to most of us, that a large commercial aircraft cannot be quickly and accurately tracked if it has crashed or flown off course.
The best technology available was initially unable to determine just where the plane may have gone. Did it crash? Was it hijacked? After frantic days of searching it was finally revealed that communication systems on the aircraft had been disabled, presumably by the pilots. It was further revealed that military radar had tracked a complete change of course with the aircraft heading in a Westerly direction and away from its original destination.
The movements of the plane then became a little uncertain but it was clearly under the control of a competent pilot and on a set course. Media reports suggested that the plane then headed South over the Indian Ocean. This route was indicated by regular information being received by engine manufacturers and other sources. The subsequent search of the target area provided a few pings thought to be from the aircraft's black boxes but an underwater search has not provided any further contacts.
The slow and uncertain progress of the search has raised many unanswered questions.
Why was there no debris found in the search area? If the plane ran out of fuel surely a fall of thirty five thousand feet would cause massive damage on impact with the ocean. (A part of the plane was found some months after the disappearance. It has been assumed that this debris would have drifted a considerable distance from any crash site)
Why was it necessary for the pilot to fly the plane thousands of kilometres to one of the most remote places on earth where the ocean was deep? Perhaps there is a good reason to make the plane (or possibly the cargo) completely disappear. Who were the two passengers travelling on stolen passports? Reports that no passengers were deemed suspicious were issued only days after the disappearance. This seems to be much too small a time frame to complete thorough checks. Surely the fact that that these two passengers were not who they claimed to be should ring alarm bells.
The manifest indicated that there was nothing suspicious in the cargo hold. Could the Malaysian Government be a little embarrassed that it may be possible to smuggle undeclared freight on to the aircraft? Are their security controls all that tight?
The disappearance of MH370 is likely to remain the greatest mystery of this century.
This story (entirely fictional) is an attempt to explain some of the remaining unanswered questions. In doing so it was necessary to examine any possible justification for this obviously well planned and executed event. As the plot unfolds the reader may find many likely answers to their questions. At the same time our moral and ethical values may well be challenged.