The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 captured the world’s imagination. Christine Negroni, who was there covering the story for ABC News, said at an FCC lunch on September 14, that the unsolved mystery has generated theories from the possible to the far-fetched but one thing is undeniable – while extremely rare, the disappearance of an airliner was not an unprecedented event.
Negroni said that when Malaysian government spokesmen called it “unprecedented” it unleashed an even greater mystery that “led to all that nonsense about conspiracy theories and government corruption speculation”. Her view is that the pilots experienced sudden decompression leading to hypoxia, where the crew’s ability to think and act is impaired and that the normal emergency responses you would expect from the crew would be lost. “So it became a ghost flight like many others,” she said.
She said that over the past century a dozen commercial aircraft have flown into oblivion. The lessons of history can help us try to understand the mystery of MH370 and even provide clues as to what happened aboard the ill-fated flight.
Negroni is the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “The Crash Detectives, Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters”. Her writing also appears in The New York Times, Forbes and Air & Space magazine and other publications.
Also on hand at the lunch was Board member Florence De Changy, a journalist with Le Monde and France National Radio, who has also written a book on the disappearance of MH370, “Le Vol MH370, n’a pas disparo”. It is being translated into English
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