Hard at work: Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a US naval aviator assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, piloting a P-8A Poseidon plane over the waters of the Indian Ocean during a mission to assist in SAR operations for flight MH370. — AFP
PETALING JAYA: The mystery of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has become the longest saga of a stricken commercial plane in the modern era.
The flight departed from KLIA at around 12.41am and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30am on March 8. As of today, it has been missing for 14 days.
In the past, several tragedies involving aeroplanes have garnered international attention.
On June 1, 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 216 passengers and 12 crew.
The Airbus A330-203 tragedy was the deadliest in the history of Air France.
While the Brazilian naval authorities were able to remove the first major piece of wreckage and two bodies from the sea within five days of the tragedy, the investigation was hampered because the black box was not recovered from the ocean floor until May 2011.
On Jan 1, 2007, Adam Air Flight 574, flying between the Indonesian cities of Surabaya and Manado, crashed into the Makassar Straits near Polewali in Sulawesi.
All 102 people on board died, the highest toll of any aviation accident involving a Boeing 737-400.
The final investigation report, released on March 25, 2008, concluded that the pilots lost control of the aircraft after they became preoccupied with troubleshooting the inertial navigation system and inadvertently disconnecting the autopilot.
On May 25, 2003, a Boeing 727-223, registered N844AA, was stolen from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, Luanda, Angola.
Its disappearance prompted a worldwide search by the FBI and the CIA.
Ben Charles Padilla, an aircraft mechanic, flight engineer and private pilot, was aboard N844AA when it was stolen, and is believed by US authorities to have been at the controls.
He has not been seen or heard from since.