2014 was a bad, horrible year for commercial aviation. There were four major plane crashes this year. First was the mystery of mh370, then came mh17, next was the plane crash in TaiWan and last but not least. The Algerian Airlines plane that crashed in a part of Western Africa.
First was mh370. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing that disappeared on 8 March 2014 at 01:20 MYT (17:20 UTC, 7 March), after losing contact with air traffic control less than an hour after takeoff. At 07:24, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) reported the flight missing. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 15 nations. Boeing 777s were know for their long distance hauls and the standard of safety these planes provided. The plane has not been found after it lost contact to air traffic control. The plane took of and turned sharp to the left, going out of scheduled course. There are many theories as to why this happened. Many say that the plane was hijacked. Others say the reason the plane turned sharp to the left was because there was a fire on board and communications were cut off, the nearest airport was to the left. However, I think that the plane was hijacked.
The captain had a flight simulator at his house. He could have trained for the hijacking. He was well known amount his colleagues. The captain was very experienced, while the co-pilot was inexperienced, logging only 10s of hours of the plane. This provided a good opportunity to hijack a plane. The plane could have flown 4100 miles out because the pilot asked to refuel the plane. That is a red flag. We might never know what will happen to the plane. The plane might have been already modified and turned into a private or military plane. Whatever happened that night was horrible and lives with us forever. RIP to the victims of the tragic air disaster.
The second is mh17. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed on 17 July 2014. The plane is believed to have been shot down with a Buk surface-to-air missile. The Boeing 777-200ER airliner went down near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, about 50 km (31 mi) from the Ukraine–Russia border, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The crash occurred in the conflict zone of the ongoing Donbass insurgency, in an area controlled by the Donbass People’s Militia. The two sides in Ukraine’s ongoing conflict (the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian separatists) accused each other of shooting down the plane while denying their own responsibility. A Ukrainian Interior Ministry official, Anton Gerashchenko, said a Buk surface-to-air missile hit the aircraft at an altitude of 33,000 ft (10,000 m). Several witnesses in Torez reported sightings of what appeared to be a Buk missile launcher on the day of the incident. Unnamed US intelligence officials stated that sensors that traced the path of the missile, shrapnel patterns in the wreckage, voice print analysis of separatists’ conversations in which they claimed credit for the strike, and photos and other data from social media sites all indicated that Russian-backed separatists had fired the missile. There is even more evidence to this. The Russians had support from the homeland with all the weapons. The Russians had the intention of smuggling these weapons too. Very likely that the Russian were the ones who did this. Also, the area was Russian controlled territory.
I am going to talk about the Algerian plane and the TaiWan plane together. There were many similar things that occurred. The Algerian plane crashed in Western Africa. Both planes were pounded by heavy rain. Rain can spell trouble for even the most experienced pilots. Rain can reduce visibility and cause trouble for small planes in windy situations. Therefore it could be dangerous.
Let’s hope that there will be no more crashes this year.