Why Planes Vanish: The Hunt for MH370: Can new tech help locate missing Malaysia Airlines flight 10 years on?

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Grace Subathirai Nathan shows a picture of her mother, who remains missing after MH370 vanished. (AP PHOTO)
Camera IconGrace Subathirai Nathan shows a picture of her mother, who remains missing after MH370 vanished. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

A new documentary delves into whether new radio technology may finally help locate the missing MH370 aircraft as the the globe reflects 10 years on since the the plane and it’s 239 passengers and crew disappeared.

Why Planes Vanish: The Hunt for MH370 will shine a light on the disaster and hear from multiple people close to the story including former air traffic control manager Jean Luc Marchand, and Grace Nathan, whose mum Anne Daisy was on board.

Cast your mind back to Saturday, March 8 2014.

A Boeing 777 carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from air traffic controllers’ radar. It sent no emergency distress signals. The aircraft was never heard from again, but startling evidence soon emerged that MH370 stayed in the air for a further seven hours.

What could have caused the plane to divert so drastically off course? Was it struck by a catastrophic technical failure? Or was it hijacked If so, by whom?

Answers to these questions may be locked inside the plane’s black box flight recorders, now lost somewhere on the seabed, more than three miles underwater in the remote and storm-ridden Southern Indian Ocean.

The documentary, airing on Channel 7 and 7plus on Sunday, will also feature interviews with aviation experts, former Malaysia Airlines employees, and current and former pilots try and piece together what may have really happened to MH370.

As new evidence emerges of MH370’s possible location through pioneering radio technology – which has never been used to locate a missing plane before – the documentary hears from scientists at the University of Liverpool who are undertaking a major new study to verify how viable the technology is and what this could mean for locating the aircraft.

Why Planes Vanish The Hunt for MH370 premieres 8.30pm Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

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