New Report Suggests Pilot Responsible For Disappearance Of Malaysia Airlines Flight

by Chris Dong

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 largely remains a mystery more than five years after disappearing. On the night of March 8, 2014, MH370 vanished from radar view shortly after leveling off at cruising altitude of 35,000 feet and transitioning from Malaysian to Vietnamese airspace. It was enroute to Beijing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur and carried 238 souls onboard.

Speculation About MH370

The story of MH370 has created intense speculation worldwide about what truly happened — theories from terrorism to hijacking to meteors, and to the fantastical ones like an alien abduction, continue to abound online.

The Atlantic’s New Report 

In a new report for the July cover story of The Atlantic, aviation writer William Langewiesche explains in great detail the events that unfolded the night of MH370’s disappearance and the investigation that followed. In the report, he not only gets into the the search for the plane and various speculative narratives, but Langewiesche also proposes his own theory.

A Real Life Whodunnit

It is a long, fascinating read backed up with secondary sources yet is highly controversial in that his theory essentially pins the blame on a suicidal man that investigators already exonerated. By the end of his report, the writer paints the picture of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah as the sole culprit of the disaster. 

The report also gets into some intense dramatization about depressurized cabins, lifeless passengers, and an “airplane [that] disintegrated into confetti.”

Even without getting into his theory, Langewiesche provides details on the corruption and incompetence of Malaysian authorities throughout the investigation and the painstaking search for the wreckage itself.

Meanwhile, the family and friends of the 238 people onboard continue to hear speculation, but still have no idea what actually happened to their loved ones. While smaller pieces of wreckage have ultimately washed up ashore, it is still incredible that in this day and age that we don’t know any more as to what happened to Malaysia Airlines MH370.

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colleen June 18, 2019 - 9:25 pm

Thanks for this summary, Chris. I saw the Atlantic article and *TLDR* was too overwhelmed. Appreciate the Cliffs Notes version.


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