It has been 17 days since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur, never to be seen again.
Officials announced yesterday that the plane is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean with all 239 souls onboard lost.
But the question still remains: what happened that caused this aircraft to crash??
Investigators are still trying to solve the mystery but they’re running out of time to get to the ever-important black box!
If they don’t find the plane soon, they may NEVER find it, as the battery-powered ping from the emergency recording device is fading fast!
By law, the box must emit its signal for at least 30 days. Experts say they can continue making noise for another 15 days beyond that, depending upon the battery strength at the time of the crash.
But will crews be able to locate these black boxes (which are actually red cylinders) in time??
John Goglia, a former member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, explained how the clock is ticking on this mission, saying:
"We've got to get lucky. It's a race to get to the area in time to catch the black box pinger while it's still working.”
The plane’s last location has been pinpointed, according to a British satellite company, and several countries have reported finding debris in the same area. Now, experts will determine where the airliner might be at the bottom of the ocean by examining weather patterns and currents.
And then, crews will just have to wait and listen…
We certainly hope the search for the plane and the truth ends soon.
[Image via AP Images.]
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