What do people think happened to Malaysia Flight 370?

Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? No one knows, but people love to guess. Photo: Associated Press.

Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? No one knows, but people love to guess. Photo: Associated Press.

What really happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

The short answer, of course, is we have no idea. But earlier this month, Reason Magazine helped pay for a poll of about 1,000 American adults who were asked their opinions about all sorts of issues in the news. One of those items was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Here’s what folks said about what they think happened to the plane. (My favorite is the “supernatural or alien activity” response.

• It crashed due to mechanical problems 35%

• It was crashed intentionally by the pilots………. 22%

• It was destroyed by terrorists………….. 12%

• It landed safely and is in hiding…………. 9%

• It’s linked to supernatural or alien activity 5%

• It was shot down by a foreign government…….. 3%

• Other (VOL.) …………………………………… 4%

• Don’t Know……………………………………… 9%

• Refused………………………………………….. 1%

• Total…………………………………………… 100%

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Airline links: The week’s best aviation stories

Here are some aviation stories I have enjoyed in the past week.

  • Where is MH370? As of this writing, the New York Times has one of the most updated stories. “The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was set back on Monday by a number of false leads that seemed to underline how little investigators knew about the whereabouts of the plane, which vanished on Saturday,” the Times writes.
  • An interesting AP article says that it’s not surprising a jet possibly lost in the middle of the ocean is difficult to find. “”The world is a big place,” said Michael Smart, professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia. “If it happens to come down in the middle of the ocean and it’s not near a shipping lane or something, who knows how long it could take them to find?”
  • The Wall Street Journal asks whether now is the time to live stream data from commercial airliners. “Discussed for many years but never implemented because of the costs, the concept of automatically transmitting data would involve using satellite links to send critical safety information from an airliner to the ground during extreme emergencies or just before a plane goes down,” Andy Pasztor and Jon Ostrower write.
  • Qatar Airways cabin crew are banned from getting married for their first five years on the job, Reuters reports. The airline also keeps pregnant women from flying and essentially makes it hard for them to keep their jobs during pregnancy. 
  • Boston Logan Airport has added five new international flights in the past two years. Dubai starts tonight, and Istanbul soon. What’s behind the growth? The local NPR station investigates. 
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