Something like this is not supposed to happen anymore. But 2 years ago it did. The disappearance of a huge jumbo jet. Not only did it vanish. It couldn’t be traced for hours while it had to be in flight.
I was rushed onto radio shows. I explained what could have happened. From the clues (if true) it sounded like a hijacking. I preferred that. The chances are better that those aboard were alive. But it seems now that the jumbo crashed.
That’s old news, really.
The mystery may remain, perhaps even be more intense, now that we know the airliner sped into the Indian Ocean, far off course. But the clues, especially the one provided by that solitary piece of wreckage on Reunion Island, allow us to look for it.
Drift and Drag. From the location of Reunion Island it can be estimated where and in what current the airliner crashed.
This seems fairly basic. However, there is a variable– time. How many times did the piece of wreckage in question follow the current and its circular revolution in the Indian Ocean? Still, I think it can be done.
We have other clues. Namely, the pieces of the wreckage that should have floated and drifted the furthest– cushions, paneling, etc. Why has none of this drifted ashore? The answer seems obvious. It waterlogged and sank. That means the crash occurred quite a distance from Reunion Island in the West Australian Current. This fits with the information that finally surfaced about pings late in the flight.
This is, of course, a huge area, but the drift and drag on the flaperon piece can tell us much in connection with the absence of more typical flotsam. In truth, it would be the math on what has not been recovered that would tell us more than the calculations on how long it would take the known piece of wreckage to have arrived where it was retrieved. How long, in other words, would it have taken the floatable stuff to waterlog and sink? Certainly it happened before any significant amount reached the area near Reunion.
This doesn’t answer why nothing was seen during the search. But it is a huge ocean, once again. While in flight we have nothing but a few pings. Long after Flight 370 slipped into the void of mystery we have the sting of a piece of wreckage.
But this is actually enough.
These clues cascade backwards. They tell us more about the last moments of Flight 370 while still in the air. No doubt all those aboard were long dead when the aircraft crashed. What was responsible? Was it lithium batteries? Was it something else? That is not the purpose of this post. The purpose is to highlight the clues, clues designed to aid in a search for the wreckage.
The biggest clue is provided by what has not been found, in conjunction with what has been retrieved.
Who, however, is going to spend the money for something that is, in the cold hard and harsh light of economics, an academic pursuit?
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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.