Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lost Plane.....still

Three weeks+ on and still no certain news about the disappearance of flight MH370, other than it has, indeed, disappeared. There are "pings" and expert analyses of same, and sightings of debris in several different areas of sea and ocean. Most, if not all such debris would have no connection to the lost plane, only to our profligate carelessness. So, we're left with "pings" which, we are told, direct the search southward rather than northward, apt quotes about not finding the needle until we've located the haystack, and multiple theories, varying from plausible to absolute silliness, as to the how, the why and the where.

A comment by "Ornis" on the PPRuNe forum yesterday appealed to me:
Facts. We have science and technology because Man didn't wait for facts. He guessed and he imagined and he tried and he demonstrated.

It's perfectly obvious that the chances this was not a carefully planned act of vengeance is somewhat less than my winning Lotto. Of course someone does win Lotto, so it's not impossible it was the wrong kind of fire at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The fact is, the Universe is based on probabilities, and so is our knowledge of it; how we make sense of it.


mike said...

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.” Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters

mike (again) said...

Off topic - a different take on climate change:

Twilight said...

mike ~ The "best" being that the wreckage is found, cause clearly identified? That's probably the best we could reasonably hope for now, and the way things are going it seems we're looking at years rather than weeks and months. :-(

I get the feeling that, even if they eventually found what'd be left of the plane, years hence, the reasons would still remain forever mysterious. It's hard for uninvolved onlookers like me to accept as much, so what the families of those lost must be feeling is unimaginable.

mike (again) ~ I hadn't read anything along those lines before, but can't say it surprises me. We cannot trust anyone anymore can we? They follow their own greedy agenda, lie, make excuses, and lie again.
But they'll pay for their deceits and lies one of these days - nature will see to it that they do....trouble is so will we.

R J Adams said...

I've been keeping quiet on this one, but one thing puzzles me (only one!?!). If the plane did run out of fuel and crash in the Indian Ocean, according to my globe it must have been traveling in the exact opposite direction from its original flight path. Beijing is roughly north-north-east from Kuala Lumpur. This aircraft ended up flying south-south-west for possibly six or seven hours. Draw a line from Beijing though Kuala Lumpur and it ends up in the Indian Ocean some 1500 miles or so west of Perth.
It's strange no-one seems to have mentioned that.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ This thing has gone on so long with so many changes of information that I've ended up dazed and confused. Just today the Malaysian authorities have changed information about the Captain (or Flight Officer's) last spoken message. Back in Yorkshire I'd be saying

"Eee - it's a reet Fred Carno's"

But it's not funny for those waiting for news.

CherryPie said...

Sadly the media have turned it into a Hollywood Drama.

I feel for the friends and relatives of the people on that aircraft.

Something unusual happened and it will take time to put the puzzle pieces together, if in fact the jigsaw can ever be completed.

Twilight said...

Cherry Pie ~ The grief and pain those people are feeling must be horrendous.....the not knowing.

I have a horrible feeling, now, we might never have any answers, but hope I'm wrong.