How Does a Plane Go Missing?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A MAS plane is seen on the tarmac on March 11, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Officials have expanded the searh area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MG370. (How Foo Yeen/Getty)

It's the mystery that has captured the world's attention: The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 carrying 239 people on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

How does a plane simply vanish? 

Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent and a contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, weighs in.


Barbara Peterson

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Forest Hills Cynic from Queens

On the other hand, on a clear moonless night, it is quite easy for a pilot to lose the horizon and all sense of up-and-down, especially overwater. In such a case, if the instrumentation is lost, the pilot could fly for hundreds of miles and ultimately crash into something without realizing he was approaching the ground.

Mar. 12 2014 09:46 AM
Forest Hills Cynic from Queens

Now here's a conspiracy theory that is quite plausible and ought to be taken seriously by the authorities, as they can find no trace of a crash, satellites did not pick up an explosion and military radar did suggest that the plane changed course.

The jet was commandeered by terrorists and flown to a secret base where it is being outfitted as a intelligent piloted bomb. It will then fly in radio silence, under the radar,  and pop up as a familiar civilian airplane not arousing suspicion until too late and it is flown into its target.

Mar. 12 2014 09:39 AM
Mike. from Boston

Flight 714

Mar. 11 2014 11:10 AM

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