Netflix’s new docuseries “MH370: The Plane that Disappeared,” now streaming, investigates the mystery surrounding the disappearance. Nine years after contact with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was lost, the three-episode series premiered on Wednesday. Approximately 239 passengers and crew members were aboard the plane, which left Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014, and was scheduled to arrive in Beijing the following morning.
Viewers may find more questions than answers after watching “MH370,” which features heartbreaking interviews with the victims’ surviving family members.
What happened to MH370 on March 8, 2014?
The Boeing 777-200ER plane carries 239 people: 227 passengers and 12 crew members. It departs Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. local (UTC + 8:00). 1:07 a.m. – The plane’s data reporting system shuts down. The plane remains on course. 1:21 a.m. – The transponder that transmits the location and altitude shuts down. It is unclear whether the transmissions were interrupted by a human or if it was an “act of piracy.”
2:40 a.m. – Subang Air Traffic Control reports that it lost contact with flight MH370 about 212 hours after takeoff. As the plane crossed into Vietnamese airspace above Cau Mau province, it received its last radar signal. At 6:30 a.m., MH370 fails to reach Beijing Capital International Airport by its scheduled time.
MH370 passengers’ families gather at the airport at 11 a.m. to learn the plane’s status.
Trailer for MH370: The Plane that Disappeared
In order to reach its destination, flight MH370 should have headed northeast. Najib Razak said at a press conference on March 24, 2014 that the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch and Inmarsat data determined that the aircraft flew along the southern corridor. As Flight MH370 ended in the Southern Indian Ocean, I am deeply saddened to inform you that this was a remote location far from any landing sites.
A journalist suggests that a Russian passenger sneaked into the electronics bay and took control of the plane. In each episode, three theories are presented. As a result of the large amount of electronics on board, journalist Florence de Changy wonders if MH370 might’ve been approached by a U.S. surveillance aircraft. Both admit these are far-fetched, and aviation expert Mike Exner dismisses them.