By Josh Spaht      


On March 7th, a Malaysian boeing 777 carrying 239 people has completely disappeared.  No debris or sign of the plane at all have turned up in southeast Asia, or in southeast Asian waters.  The plane left from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and was headed towards the Beijing Capital International Airport.  The plane disappeared from tracking records at around 35,000 feet, with no reports of bad weather.

Vietnamese officials reported seeing what could had been wreckage from the plane, but later stated that there was “no sign of the aircraft.”  The pilots of the plane never communicated any distress, nor activated an SOS signal.  One explanation, that has no real supporting evidence, is that the plane disintegrated at around 35,000 feet.  The only reason to believe this happened is the lack of debris.  Whether the plane would have detonated by its own malfunction or by on board explosives, is not known.

North Eugene student Tyler Kinman says “It probably crashed because of a mechanical failure.”  He also believes the airport is most likely “not to blame.”

There are some unusual occurrences regarding the passengers on the flight.  Five passengers who checked in for the flight did not board the plane, and had their luggage removed from the plane.  Two people who the boarded plane were found to have used stolen passports.  Whether or not the two have anything to do with the disappearing of the plane is not a sure thing.  It is a regular occurrence for immigrants to navigate airlines using stolen passports.

In the information age, we are highly involved with surveillance and tracking, this kind of problem should be a non-issue.  Especially in the airline business, where surveillance and scrutiny is at its peak, a plane containing hundreds people should not be able to simply disappear.  The search for the plane will be extended beyond its anticipated course, incase the plane was hijacked and carried far off course.