Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

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Overview

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was a scheduled passenger flight which departed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China on March 8th, 2014, before disappearing off radar with a total of 239 people on board, including 12 crew members, less than an hour after the take-off.

Background

On March 8th, 2014, 12:41 a.m. local time, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport en route to Beijing, China, carrying 227 passengers of 13 nationalities, including 153 Chinese nationals, and 12 Malaysian crew members. At around 1:30 a.m., less than an hour into the flight, air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur reported that they lost contact with the plane after the transponder signal went offline over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.


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image courtesy: CNN | Google Maps

According to the officials, there were no indications of bad weather, technical problems or a distress signal from the crew at the time of its disappearance. The trip was expected to last about six hours over the distance of 2,700 miles (4,350 kilometers).

Notable Developments

Search and Rescue Mission

By 7:24 a.m., about an hour after the flight's scheduled arrival time at the Beijing International Airport, Malaysia Airlines had issued a statement confirming that the plane is considered lost and a search-and-rescue operation is underway. In responding to the crisis, the Malaysian government and fourteen other nations dispatched dozens ships and planes to the area. In the following days, numerous sightings of potential plane debris and oil slicks were reported, but upon examination, they were determined to be insubstantial.




Online Reactions

Meanwhile on Twitter, people reacted to the news with messages of prayers and wishes for the passengers using hashtags #PrayForMH370 and #MH370[6], peaking at 800,000 and 1.2 million tweets per day[5] on March 8th. On Reddit, Redditor Mrgandaw began compiling the latest updates and official announcements in a series of posts titled "Comprehensive timeline: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370" on /r/news.[4]

Crowdsearch Efforts

On March 12th, Colorado-based commercial satellite firm DigitalGlobe[2] launched an online crowd-search mission where anyone can scour through aerial photographs of the region covering 1,235 square miles to look for signs of potential survivors, rafts or plane debris that would lead to any clues surrounding the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370's disappearance. Shortly after its launch, the website reportedly became inaccessible as a result of a sudden and massive spike in traffic.


2 mnod Missing Airplane: Malaysia Airlines MH370 | Sign In Other Raft Oil Slick wreckage Imagery captured by DigitalGlobe Sun 3/9/2014 2:59 AM 20 m 100 ft

Hoaxes and Theories

As the search mission continued for several days with little result, online discussions[8][9][10] about the flight ran amok with unfounded theories[10] surrounding its whereabouts and fate, including references to the ABC drama series Lost and the Bermuda triangle, as well as conspiracy theories involving aliens, Edward Snowden, the Iranians and the North Koreans and even the Illuminati.

Safe Landing Rumor

Shortly after the search mission began, various rumors about the fate of the passengers began to spread online in China, including a news article[11] saying the plane had made a safe emergency landing in Nanning and mass speculations that passengers may have survived as indicated by their active cell phone signal and online status on instant messaging services.

The Bermuda Triangle

As early as on March 14th, a photograph of a submerged aircraft began circulating on Facebook[12], falsely described as the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 found in the Bermuda Triangle, a loosely defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean that has garnered notoriety after a number of aircraft and ships disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Video of Malaysia MH370 Plane found in Bermuda Triangle! Passengers alive! insidevideo.net Breaking news video footage of this miracle just released on CNN!


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Chris Goodfellow's Electrical Fire Theory

On March 14th, Canadian veteran commercial pilot Chris Goodfellow[13] shared a relatively simple and plausible explanation as to why the missing plane took a sharp turn before going offline on his Google+ page. According to Goodfellow, MH370 may have turned in order to make an emergency landing at the Palau Kangkawi airport in the crisis of an irrecuperable electrical problem or a cabin fire, which would also explain the unusual shutdown of the plane's transponders and tracking equipments. Goodfellow's theory quickly gained favor on Google+, garnering more than 3,800 +1s and 2,400 shares, before getting picked up by numerous tech blogs and U.S. news outlets.



Courtney Love's Suspicion

On March 16th, Tomnod posted a Facebook status update[14] showing a satellite image of an object that appears to be floating in the zone identified as #128148, along with a note that the analysis team has preliminarily concluded that it is more likely to be a boat than plane debris. On the next day, American singer-songwriter Courtney Love posted an annotated version of the same image with a link to the Tomnod map of the zone to her Facebook timeline[15], adding that she suspects this is where the plane may be. Love's Facebook post subsequently went viral in the blogosphere, racking up more than 15,000 likes and 13,000 shares, while even spawning a few parodies.

I'm no expert but up close this does look like a plane and an oil slick. link … prayers go out to the families #MH370 and its like a mile away Pulau Perak, where they "last" tracked it 5°39'08.5"N 98°50'38.0"E but what do I know?


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Malaysia Airlines "Lose Yourself" Ad Hoax

On March 16th, an alleged full-page advertisement for Malaysia Airlines with foreshadowing tag lines like "lose yourself on a journey of epic proportions" and "where you go / no one will ever know" began circulating on Twitter.


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Discovery of Debris

On July 29th, 2015, over one year and a half after the disappearance of the flight, a piece of aircraft debris was found on the beach of Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, which was subsequently identified as a right wing flaperon from a Boeing 777. The discovery of potential debris from the commercial jet made the headlines in the news around the world, while sparking similar buzz in the social media and reinvigorating public interest in the mystery of the Flight MH370.


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The artifact was then sent to Toulouse, France for a closer inspection by the BEA (Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety), where it was positively identified as a fragment from the ill-fated flight. On August 6th, the origin of the debris was officially confirmed as the missing airplane by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during an emergency news conference.

Doomsday Prophecy

On March 13th, 2018, Twitter user @StrayedAway posted a video of a strange voicemail he received to the site.[16] The voicemail is of a robotic voice reading letters in the military alphabet which when spelled out read “S danger SOS it dire for you to evacuate be cautious they are not human SOS danger SOS,” along with a set of numbers. The video was reposted to Facebook by user James Bailey on March 16th (shown below).



The user then reported that he had received threatening messages in Indonesian. Twitter users responding to his messages found that the numbers were coordinates near where the Malaysian Airlines flight was last heard from, leading to speculation that perhaps the user had received a black box recording from the plane (a black box is a flight data recorder and voice recorder) which was warning about "nonhuman" assailants.


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The user also posted screenshots from strange accounts he had received giving him a list of numbers. When those numbers were applied to corresponding letters of the alphabet, one Twitter user discovered they read "They are taking over 4/18/18." This led to theories that the message was pointing to a rapture or apocalypse to happen on April 18th, 2018.


AT&T LTE 11:58 AM @ 28% I Thread If no action is taken,the issue will be re analayzed and any type of penalty will be acted upon. Status 85-5612 232 3 ariff. @ariff_balang 5h y by typing in this number 20.1.11.9.14.7. it redirect me to this deleted tumblr post. It's like a test for test subjects and if you win they will be given a free spa day and a personal pic of the conductee. Subject: A Simple Test From the desk of Caroline THIS TEST HAS BEEN COMPLETED CONGRATULATIONS THAT GUY-WHO-BLOGS 5 12 12 15 20 519 2018212105 320 19 20 5 918 19 20 165 ↑ 91314 2015 4.5 J 9 16 5.個 20 8919 f35 t9121 75 7520 19 19 21 18 20 5 19 25 158 132516 123853 11441 6 5 18 19 15 14112 418 T 239 147 225 135 1 14 1212-9143 12 2 19922 5 19 2016 191614125. 20 198 1521 12 4.1420 25 20 1515 524185 14 19.9225 11449. 69.821 185 6 5 1521185 20119147 2091351521205251521 18412520 15 20 18114 t9 12.1205 2009.19 914 20.15 15tJ5208914 7 5119 9 1225 5792 125, 25 1521 4519 518 225920 6 t128 174 Adrienne @Adriennee 02 4h The numbers are converted into letters (a-1, b-2, etc) and the translation is "They are taking over 41818" as in the supposed rapture on April 18 2018 Tweet your reply

Other messages the user received were in morse code and ASCII, which when translated to “The message received is well related to Stephen Hawking’s death, you are not ready to face them.” Some users speculated that this was related to a quote from Hawking that stated something bad would happen in 2018.


AT&T LTE 12:05 PM Thread tlight recordings of Malaysia Flight 370 3 V73 山 Dylan @Dylantheyeemo 2h Replying to @strayedaway I translated the Morse. If you can't see it, it says "THE MESSAGE YOU RECEIVED IS WELL RELATED TO STEPHEN HAWKING'S DEATH, YOU ARE NOT READY TO FACE THEM" Ummmm what 0:14 4,102 views 3 O 27 mads !!! @madipaiige 1h Replying to @strayedaway It's in indonesian--it translates to--"existing recording via phone at twitter.com above is used for confidential information that should not be related to Tweet your reply

The event was covered by Rearfront[16] and The Sun.[17] Twitter user @broblum[18] summed up all the findings in a lengthy Twitter thread.

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