If only wishing could make it so.
Malaysia’s prime minister announced yesterday that they’re presuming everyone on Flight MH370 perished in the southern Indian Ocean, based on some brand-new way to analyze the data that British satellite firm Inmarsat collected.
So, with no debris and based on some one-off calculation whose accuracy has never been tested, what’s next? To end the search because it’s getting too pricey?
If information about the pings can be believed, the story is that the plane probably flew until it ran out of fuel, then fell out of the sky. It must have hit the water pretty hard, which in other crashes has left bits of plane all over the place.
Hell, even RMS Titanic, SITTING on the water, left a huge debris field that was found by ships without any high-tech tracking devices, because large objects like planes and ships hold a lot of buoyant materials, and they tend to escape as the thing sinks and breaks up under pressure.
But somehow MH370 sliced through the water clean and intact, leaving not enough of anything for anybody to find and positively identify.
Now it seems that even China, who has seemed unusually quiet in spite of being home to nearly 2/3 of the passengers on board, is getting suspicious, demanding to see the satellite data in question. Does China have another theory about what happened?
At this point, I might consider the possibility that the plane was shot down, after it lost contact and veered off course, by some country that refuses to confess. The backlash over killing innocent civilians for no good reason would be terrible
If the Malaysian government is sincere about one thing in this matter, it seems to be in wishing to make all those screaming relatives shut up and go away, and I think they’ll say whatever it takes to make that happen.
But until I see definitive proof from the Indian Ocean, I still don’t think we’ve seen the last of that plane, and it won’t be a pile of debris.