On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia heading for Beijing Capital International Airport in what was supposed to be a flight of slightly less than 6 hours, but it never arrived. It disappeared!
Extensive new coverage of the disappearance followed in the days and months after the vanishing. Also, extensive searching for the aircraft has been conducted and nothing, not even floating debris, has been found.
The aircraft remained operational for at least 7 hours after the loss of contact since a satellite terminal continued to transmit messages during this period. These “satellite handshakes” were hourly connections with the plane that were possible when an Inmarsat satellite was able to connect automatically with a portion of the plane’s messaging system that remained in operation.
Aviation experts have had little to go on besides the satellite communications from the plane, which they have used to pinpoint a search in the huge Indian Ocean far off the west coast of Australia.
After the Southern Hemisphere winter, the search of the sea floor has recently resumed, but Sir Tim Clark, CEO of Emirates Airlines, one of the most successful and fastest growing airlines, feels Flight 370 may not be in the Indian Ocean and he suggests that the search may be focused on the wrong area.
The Malaysia government originally refused to release the cargo manifest for public record, but eventually did release it On May 1st, about 7 weeks after the flight. Only 9 days after the flight, Malaysia Airlines said the flight carried no dangerous cargo, but the released manifest listed lithium ion batteries, which are known culprits for fires on planes and elsewhere, including 3 Tesla autos.
Sir Tim Clark has been a senior manager at the airline Emirates since 1985 and has been instrumental in developing it into one of the world’s largest airlines and he provided an interview with Spiegel Online International.