In the age of modernization with unprecedented technological advancement, four days have passed when the ill fated flight went missing and no clues have yet turned up. What we have got so far is a story about the oil slick, but its association with the missing plane had not been confirmed. This whilst jam packed press conferences continue and wailing and confused relatives are still looking for someone to let them know about what actually happened.
The Malaysian airline officials are trying to issue briefs about what went wrong but the problem is that they don’t have anything to share. They too seem helpless in this situation. According to media reports the plane might have crashed while cruising but no one has been able to locate any debris. So many theories are being cooked up following past experiences but no one has concrete evidence.
Besides crash theory, the possibility of a terrorist plan and subsequent hijacking too is being considered as one of the theories but so far no one has claimed responsibility of any foul play.
The unfortunate incident has raised the questions on Malaysian aviation security as the scrutiny of documents travelling aboard the missing flight has pointed at two passengers using fake passports leading to speculation about foul play.
The Malaysian Airline authorities have been trying almost everything to trace the missing flight, but still technology continues to fails to get any breakthrough. Pathbreaking technologies like Google Earth too failed at this end and didn’t provide any specific inputs of the flight. The aviation experts believe that something strange and sudden happened because of which the pilots too didn’t sent the distress signals of help calls.
What happened so far is a mystery and it is deepening as time passes on. A bizarre movement for the people who are waiting for their beloved ones. A moment of helplessness for the authorities who don’t have any answer against hundreds of questions. A technological failure on which we relent most, and this time it has made us helpless.
As world tries their bit to search the flight, the fate of 239 people onboard is still in dilemma and this tragedy wants immediate attention from the respective governments, so as to avert these things in future.
As India and other countries are still offering help, below are the list of countries who have already chipped in to search for the missing flight.
Malaysia has deployed 18 aircraft and 27 ships, including the submarine support vessel MV Mega Bakti which is able to detect objects in water at depths of up to 1,000m.
10 high Resolution Satellites, 9 warships, two specialized Ocean rescue boats, 50 maritime rescue team, Two Amphibian naval ships.
Besides setting up two command posts it has chipped in Eight ships and seven aircraft for search mission.
The United States has deployed the USS Pinckney and Kidd from the Seventh Fleet, The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers carry MH60 Seahawk helicopters, A US P-3C Orion aircraft.
It has also sent two P-3C aircraft to join the search for the missing aircraft, which had six Australians on board.
Singapore has sent two warships, a submarine support and rescue vessel, a Sikorsky naval helicopter and a C-130 aircraft.
Thai Navy has dispatched a Super Lynx helicopter and a patrol ship to the Andaman Sea, west of Thailand. It has also put two other ships on standby in the Gulf of Thailand, awaiting a request for assistance from Malaysia.
Indonesia has dispatched a corvette, four rapid patrol vessels and a maritime surveillance plane after Malaysia requested assistance to scour the waters around Penang Island in the Malacca Strait.
It has also dispatched a Fokker F-27 and an Islander plane and two patrol ships. It has also placed on alert a Hamilton-class cutter vessel and a C-130 plane to join in the mission, if needed.
(The articel was first published in “The Citizen” http://thecitizen.in/city/did-they-vanish-into-thin-air)