At the beginning of Spring Break, on March 8th, a Malaysian Airlines plane disappeared on its way from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing, China. Today, on March 15th, the plane has yet to be located.
I have one question, how do you lose an airplane?
You can find which room your phone is in your home when you lose it, but even the most powerful people on the planet can’t locate a plane? I don’t understand that.
I’m not very aware of the technology regarding plane location these days, but I am up to date on my iPhone technology. If a technological accessory is valued so highly that they have created location services for it, don’t you think an airplane is important enough to have constant location services?
Cars these days have GPS detectors to locate vehicles. Airplanes are so much bigger and are responsible for so many more lives that you would think a constant GPS would be issued for them.
Sure, planes are miles and miles off the ground and it is tougher to get service up there, but it’s doable. Recent findings indicate that location services on the plane had been shut off minutes before losing contact and that signs point to a hijacking of some sort. Still, I feel like a plane is so important that it should have GPS equipment that can’t be shut off at the touch of a button.
Naturally, this reminds me of one of my old television shows, Lost. The basis of the show is that a flight went missing and crashed on a random desert island that no one could find and everyone assumed they were dead but they were simply stranded on a strange island. The similarities are definitely there.
At first I was nervous because the flight went missing and I was worried it was headed somewhere for an attack. But now, on day 8, it’s safe to say they’re lost. Hopefully they’re on a desert island somewhere though and not the alternative. I can’t imagine how tough it is with family members on that flight and have yet to receive answers on their location, my condolences to the families and flight members.
It’s unbelievable to think that not one of the 200+ passengers have been heard from or located in some way, let alone the enormous plane. The United States intelligence community is leaning toward the theory that the pilots were responsible for the missing flight. But, more news and guesses are released every day.
In preparation for my flight back to Chapel Hill on Sunday, March 16th I’m hoping to arrive safely and not disappear into thin air, you know, planes can do that these days.