Tech + Failure

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still missing…

This month marks the 8th year anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH 370.) As of date, the whereabouts of the massive Boeing 777-200ER registered as 9M-MRO, are still unknown. There are theories that suggest the air craft tragically crashed in the Indian Ocean. However, there is no strong conclusive evidence (i.e. blackbox) that supports this claim. The blackbox and transponder were never recovered, nor was a credible amount of wreckage debris. MH370 completely vanished from all global aircraft radar systems. This was historically the rarest occurrence of global aviation failure. No other aircraft in the history of global aviation have vanished into thin air.

Blackboxes are designed to withstand extreme conditions. In fact, according to GOOGLE, “The black box is specifically designed to withstand immense pressure, extremely high temperatures and long periods underwater. The device must be able to survive a fire of 1,100 °C for an hour and a crush force of 5,000 lbs.”

MH 370 last communicated with Malaysian air traffic control at 1:07 am via The Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) on March 8, 2008. From that point, the aircraft switched off its transmission to ACARS and was tracked via Global Aircraft Suvillence Satellites for an additional 6 hours. Global Aircraft Suvillence Satellites companies exist in vast abundance throughout the globe.

A few Global Aircraft Satellites, (companies I won’t mention), were able to track the whereabouts of the ill-fated MH370 for 6 hours; Despite, the “mysterious” manual termination of ACARS communication that occured about an hour after take-off. No, one knows if one of the pilots switched it off or if a glitch in the system occurred.

I won’t comment further on details regarding the last Global Aircraft Satellite transmission, but it’s definitely a subject one should Google. I will say the last Global Aircraft Suvillence Satellite radar detection of the aircraft was reported from a very remote area of the globe and the plane was traveling at an extremely high altitude and speed. However, aviation analyst do not support data reported from Global Aircraft Suvillence Satellites because the technology is not reliable. These atmospheric devices are managed by private companies. This information was reported in an article I read while surfing The Morning Brew Blog.

According to Wikipedia, “The timeline of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lists events associated with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a scheduled, commercial flight operated by Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on 8 March 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crew. Air traffic control lost contact with Flight 370 less than an hour into the flight, after which it was tracked by military radar crossing the Malay Peninsula and was last located over the Andaman SeaAnalysis of automated communications between the aircraft and a satellite communications network has determined that the aircraft flew into the southern Indian Ocean, before communication ended shortly after 08:19 (UTC+8:00). The disappearance initiated a multi-national search effort that became the most expensive search in aviation history.”

On a quantum physics level, which is the molecular study of matter. This type of technological occurence is completely infallible. How does something like this happen? How does technology fail on this magnitude? These systems that we trust are supposed to be reliable. How does a ginormous satellite lose track of a gigantic Boeing Aircraft? How can something as huge as an aircraft completely vanish from existence and time?

“I have learned in this life, some questions go unanswered and are lost in a deep abyss of an anonime of things (techmuva, 2022).”

I must move forward and realize, technology can fail at any given moment and time. I was recently invited to embark on a journey to the ancient city of Petra and Isreal. And yes, I will be flying there this summer. I am very excited. I love flying and I will never stop. Despite the mystery that still surrounds MH 370, I must continue to take to the skys. I will forever keep the memory of the lives lost on that aircraft in my heart. May their families and friends find peace and comfort. Hopefully, future technological advances, such as lidar scans, will lead to the whereabouts of MH370.

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