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What Happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?

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The missing aircraft, 9M-MRO, pictured in 2011 photo by Laurent ERRERA/Wikimedia Commons

The missing aircraft, 9M-MRO, pictured in 2011
photo by Laurent ERRERA/Wikimedia Commons


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Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? What questions does this mystery raise?

Introduction

About a month ago a Malaysian Airplane mysteriously disappeared. Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew vanished when passing from one radar handoff to another. Malaysia and Australia are leading the search effort about 1,100 miles off the Australian coast. Many other countries, including the United States, are involved in the massive search.

“Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this mystery,” said Tony Abbott the Prime Minister of Australia. What’s at stake, he added that “a whole lot of people who just want to solve the problem.”

The Malaysian government has launched a criminal investigation into the missing plane because it believes the plane was deliberately flown off course. There are many theories as to what happened. And the media is playing a large role in exploring these theories as 24 hours cable news has covered the story almost non-stop. CNN and Fox News’ coverage has led to a larger TV audiences. But some criticize the cable news channels for sensationalizing the mysterious disappearance of the airplane. Were radio communications deliberately shut off? Could the plane have landed somewhere? Maybe someone tried to make the plane vanish.

The Malaysian government is under pressure by relatives of Chinese passengers to find out what happened to the flight. Many of them are skeptical that the government is giving them all the information.

Resource

WBUR Here & Now radio segment Cass Sunstein On Conspiracy Theories
Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein says pick your topic — the tragic disappearance of the Malaysian plane, Ukraine, the NSA, the economic crisis, even the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays — and you can find a conspiracy theory. Sunstein takes a deeper look at the topics, including why apparently rational people can believe in crazy conspiracies.


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More Resources

NPR radio segment The Difficulty Of Making A Modern Airplane Disappear
The missing Malaysia Airlines flight was in contact with a satellite for hours after it vanished. Amid all the technology designed to keep it from doing so, how does a plane just disappear?

The Poynter Institute article Why the Press Can’t Help But Speculate About Flight 370
If you want to know how much people are thinking and obsessing about a story, just count the rumors labeled as reporting, the baseless “expert” punditry, and the conspiracy theories it inspires. By that measure, the missing jet is occupying more of our collective consciousness than any other story in the world right now.

BBC infographic How Do You Track a Plane?
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has raised the disturbing question of how a modern aircraft packed with communications equipment can apparently vanish without trace.

CNN article and video Malaysia Flight 370: The 10 Big Questions
Every day brings new details and new questions surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard that went missing on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are 10 questions surrounding what we know and what we don’t know.


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  • Cole Wierman

    Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?
    It is important to find the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, because of all the hijacks in the past. Dealing with terrorism and airplanes, if there is a connection with these two subjects. We could possibly find a reasonable area to where it would be located at. There could be other scenarios such as a suicide mission, technical failures, inadequate security, criminal actions of the pilot and or co-pilot etc. Since there hasn’t been a Airline hijacking in awhile I believe it could be linked with Al-Qaeda. This all boils down to the importance of finding out where this flight 370 is located. If we don’t act soon enough, we could be harmed.

    • andrewbeyer

      I don’t feel that is really important to find it now,
      because it’s been about a month. There is probably no one left alive if the
      plane went down and if no one survived the crash why does it matter you can’t
      change what happened if a passenger or a pilot took over, they did it for their
      own reason for doing it. So what if it’s linked with Al-Qaeda they only hurt
      239 people and it didn’t any Americans as far as I know so why are we getting
      involved with the other worlds problems. I think it has gotten use in enough trouble
      all ready
      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-370.html?_r=0

      • ChristianH_2boydbence

        America has been getting involved in national problems for years. If we feel lie it affects us than we take action, this should apply to us in the highest sense of the word. If we simp,y let this whole thing go and not get involved what happens next? It could be one of the U.S. planes, we wouldn’t know what happened to them and we wouldn’t have ability to stop it either. We have to answer the questions asked or we wont be able to stop this tragedy from happening again.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree. It’s important to discover what happened to flight 370 so that we can make sure it doesn’t happen again. Plus peoples family members and friends were on board that plane, so they would want to know what happened to them. The medias coverage somewhat helps the search because it keeps people thinking about it. This mystery definitely raises the questions of why did the plane stop transmitting data, how did it go off the radar considering it’s size, what happened to it, and why did it fly off course. The article says “Where could the plane be? What could have happened to it?”

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. That’s what flight 370 is: a puzzle.
    But sometimes puzzles should best be kept in our dusty cabinets never to be solved.

    The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is something which is gaining mass coverage on the news and, as I see it, is very unnecessary. Mass amounts of resources and hours of time is being spent on just talking about where this plane may or may not be. Yes, it’s highly unusual for a plane to just disappear, and yes, this ghost plane is the biggest mystery we’ve had in a while, but the hype and attention it is getting just seems insane. Speculations, theories, conspiracies, all these things are what gains attention and that is exactly what news companies want: attention. The people crave exciting stories about what’s going on in the same world they’re living on and so the news feeds that hunger by covering a missing plane and get massive viewership and high ratings numbers. Of course we should find out what happened to Flight 370 since it is our duty to find out things as the curious human beings that we are but covering it this much is just unneeded and a waste.

    As Howard Kurtz said, “We’re all falling into the trap, I think, of filling airtime with
    facts, or pseudo-facts, or speculation that turns out not to be true,”.
    The media is just making mountains out of molehills in order to gain the coverage they want.

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    I think it’s very important to try and find answers to the mysterious disappearance of this plane. The first is that it can provide closure for family members of the deceased. If you knew someone who had been on the plane, you would want to know if they survived or not, what happened exactly…etc. Also, it might help to prevent a similar disaster in the future. As for media coverage, I think that the news has done a pretty good job about informing people about what is known regarding the event, but the lack of answers has caused people to create their own theories about what really happened. These theories can sometimes be believed and the false stories will spread. However, there is a good side to media coverage as well. It raises a lot of awareness about the disappearance and will make more people want to know what actually happened to the plane. Many questions are also raised from this catastrophe. Was is the result of a hijacking? Who was at fault? Was there a mechanical issue? Hopefully once the aircraft is discovered questions like these will be answered for a world who is anxious to know what really happened to flight 370.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? Well, it’s really as simple of an answer like with any other big news story. It’s important because we need to know what truly happened. That way, people can get closure about the “mystery” and also get facts about why it happened. Just like with 9/11, we eventually found out why it happened and who did it. And I feel like we’re going do the same here.
    Do I think the media’s coverage helps the search? Not really… I mean news coverage is just that. NEWS COVERAGE. The news just tells us what they hear from other sources. The news gets what they know from the people actually searching for the plane. So their information doesn’t really help them if they already know what the news says.
    Well, questions are really popping up everywhere. “Did the plane vanish?” “Why did it disappear?” “What’s the reason for this?” The answers to everything are really unknown. Some say that making the plane vanish is possible, while others say otherwise.
    In Robert Siegel’s and Melissa Block’s interview with Geoff Brumfiel, Block asks, “…if you wanted to do that, to make a plane vanish, how easy is that to do?” Brumfiel simply answers with, “On a 777 like this, it’s really not very easy to do at all. Airplanes have communications that’s both voice and text, kind of like your cellphone… those communications are pretty hardwired into the systems of a modern aircraft… You would have to possibly pull the circuit breakers if you want to deactivate them. So to make this happen would really require some degree of premeditation and a lot of knowledge of the aircraft.”
    Basically he’s saying that it’s nearly impossible to make a 777 aircraft “vanish”. Too much knowledge and skill is required to do so.
    I do not know where the plan went and why it did so. But I know it simply did not “vanish”.

  • KshitijK_2BoydBence

    We need to know what happened to flight 370, not only to be sure if anyone survived or not, but to also know exactly what happened. Was it hijacked, was it due to a malfunctions, or just the pilot made a mistake. This a big mystery. 12 countries police are trying to find that plane and so far no one has found it. If this was a terrorist attempt like 9/11, we need to know. The media has done a fair job at giving us updates and not putting thoughts into our heads that might scare people from flying or making us believe it was due to something when it wasn’t. The biggest question is was the pilot the one that caused this? because the communications and flying under the radar. Also, there was no distress call. Another question is “did it vanish?” Did it disappear” I personally think it was either a hijack or the doing of a terrorist, but no one can really be sure until they find the plane.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    It is important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysia airline because we want to prevent this from happening. From learning some of these conspiracy theories we can fix problems to make air travel safer. For example if the airplane is at the bottom
    of the Indian Ocean there should be a way to track an airplane at all times. Or
    if it was a form of a terrorist attack and the people are still alive, knowing
    the location of the plane will be key clues of what happened. I feel that the
    media is not helping the search because they do not know what actually happened
    to the plane. Putting the media out there does make people more aware, but it
    dose not help them find the plane. Stating what they know makes people make up conspiracy theories and makes others think of the worst. There are many questions that
    come up with this mystery. For example, “Are there still people alive?” or “will
    the plane ever be found?” many questions still need to be answered and many conspiracy theories will be proven wrong.

  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    As the search goes on for missing flight 370, more issues continue to rise to the publics attention. Issues like; Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? What questions does this mystery raise?

    Personally, I think it is important to find the answers as to what happened with the mysterious disappearance of the plane. One of the reasons being, that the families who this effect need closure. If you were directly effected by the missing plane then you have so many questions that finding the plane would answer. Another reason I feel its important to figure out what happened because it could possibly help prevent a situation like this one in the future. As for the issue of media coverage, I do feel like it is over done. It is the center of attention at all times, and should be taken off its pedestal. Since there isn’t any actual facts on what happened, people are drawing their own conclusions on the whereabouts of the flight, with the media is throwing way out of proportion. So many questions are brought up because of this, and yet we don’t have any answers. Was it a hijacking? Who was in charge? Are there survivors? Was there a engine failure? Why can’t we track it? etc… These questions and more won’t be answered until Flight 370 is found, and the investigation is brought to a close.

  • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

    It’s important to find out what happened to the plane so we can get closure. All of the families, and friends of the passengers who are still wondering. I can’t imagine the pain they are going through right now. But do you know what really happened? ALIENS. Think about it. Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41am on Saturday and was due to arrive in Beijing at 06:30am. Air traffic controllers lost contact at 01:30am. A plane is the closest thing to the stars, the closest thing humans can get to the outside world of Earth. Twenty-six countries are taking part in the search, which has already covered most of two oceans and everything between. There were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the plane would vanished from radar screens almost an hour after it took off. There are reports of two oil slicks off the coast but absolutely no wreckage has yet to be found. Where did the plane go? There is only one possible answer. Aliens. The medias coverage in this is excellent. But what is the government hiding..? ALIENS?!? The world may never know….

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      ayyy lmao

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    Q:Why is it important to find out what happened to 370?
    A:Because the questions of the plane will remain unanswered. Finding any new clue will lead them closer and closer to finally accomplishing their goal. In 1989 UA flight 232 crashed and killed 111 of the 296 people on board. One piece was missing and it was very vital to the crash. It was found far from the crash and they solved what happened. However in this case the plane is possibly submerged under 10,000 ft of seawater. if they just find the missing piece they can put this to rest. If people give up now than the investigators would stop without a single lead. Like having a puzzle but missing the edges. They would have a cold case on their hands and its another one to add to the files. Like Zodiac or Black Dahlia or bermuda triangle, it would be joined to the unsolved group. The reason it is important to find answers is so the puzzle can be finished and they can put this case to rest instead of putting up the box.
    Q: Does the Media coverage help the search.
    A: No, the extensive coverage would only make it harder to solve this problem. The media is doing nothing but walking all over the scene and ruining evidence.they keep replaying the same Diego Garcia security and surveillance and making many people thing they can solve this. Constantly saying breaking news the hexagon satellite system picked up a possible piece of wreckage when no one can even tell if its even solid matter. Constantly having random “distinguished” people saying theories and possibilities with no evidence to back it up. Also constantly disturbing the families with people constantly in their faces and asking people who are clueless to the problem. They cover like the black dahlia which wound being never solved. When Elizabeth smart was found in 9 months without huge coverage. Covering this extensively hides away all the other events of the world. People should not focus on one thing at a time. Cornering the family and loading up news time does nothing.
    Q:What questions does this arise?
    A: Theories and theories and theories do nothing to help this case. Ones like abducted by aliens or landing 7,500 miles away in North Korea don’t help. Ones like the plane catching fire or losing radar contact makes sense. Some theories like Watergate or Vietnam being faked were true. However blind theories like Hoovers gay assassins or the holocaust being faked have absolutely no proof but coincidences. Unless the evidence is provided and proven than crazy theories will make no sense.
    So solve the case, Stop covering it, and back up your conspiracy.

  • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

    Why is it important to find
    flight 370? Dose the media help with the search? Where did the flight go? All
    these are important question 

personally I think that it is very important to
    find this flight because. They need to know what happen to the flight. Planes
    don’t normally disappeared so why did this one its a mystery. The media is
    helping people get caught up what they know but the lack off result of finding
    the plane is causing people to make up their own stories. Cause people to be
    confused.If the plane is found there is a question to be answer. Why did it go
    down Around 50,000 flight go up everyday why did this one never make it to
    the final destination? Did it get hijacking? Was it a plane malfunction? Was it a rogue
    pilot? Maybe a simply mistake. That the question what happen to
    flight 370?

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    It is important to find to out answers about what happen to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, because it provides closure for family members. If you knew someone that was on a plane that disappeared, I would think you would want to know if they survived or not. Plus if you find what went wrong with this plane, then you can use that to prevent it from happening again in the future. The media coverage is just telling us things that they hear from other source. The news gets what they know from the people searching for the
    plane. So their information doesn’t really help us if those people haven’t found anything. There is so questions many like “Did the plane vanish?”, “Why did it disappear?”, and “What is the reason for this?”. The answers for these are unknown. Lots of people are saying it possible for the plane to vanish,but others are saying it is impossible. Planes don’t just vanish out of no where. In Robert Siegel’s and Melissa Block’s interview with Geoff Brumfiel,
    Block asks, “If you wanted to do that, to make a plane vanish, how
    easy is that to do?” Brumfiel simply answers with, “On a flight 777 it’s really not very easy to do at all.” If the plane was hijacked somebody would of heard people screaming. Airplanes have communications that’s both voice and text. Those
    communications are hardwired into the systems of a modern
    aircraft. So that you can hear what’s going in the plane if something went wrong. If these communicate let know what’s happening then why when flight 370 vanished there was no noise or nothing suspicious happening?

  • Shae Kapulica

    I think it’s important for these questions to be answered because these lives are still at stake. 239 passengers plus the airline crew. There’s a lot of family members or friends who want to know about their loved ones on a plane that randomly disappeared. We must keep trying our best to find a solution or a way to get these people safe and find that plane, because for most people I think it’d be hard to live the rest of your life knowing that their friend or loved one on that plane may still be alive. #donow370 #stepp9

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I agree. If I were to have a member in the plane, I would start to panic and demand some sort of explanation. “In the absence of concrete information on where the plane is, officials haven’t ruled out any possibilities”. The officials don’t know, we don’t know, so where will we turn to? There are confused, shocked, and people in fear, who don’t know what to do. We must wait and hope that there will be more evidence and answers. “It’s a mystery in a world with few mysteries anymore.”

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/13/theories-malaysian-plane/6378025/

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Shae, I agree with you. I think that there are many grieving families who are seeking closure. This scenario is very similar to the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in the 1930’s. The world still wonders what happened to her and her beloved plane. I also think that humans have a natural eagerness to know the unknown. The world is anxious to find out what happened to the plane and won’t stop looking until we do.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Shae Kapulica

      I agree with you. If I
      were a family member of someone on that plane I would want to know if my loved
      ones are okay. Not only by finding the plan will we be able to tell if anyone
      is still alive, but it may solve future disappearing aircrafts. If we find what
      happened to the airplane than we can make air travel safer for future flights.
      The media has made such a big deal with what might have happened, but it’s not
      true. I believe that the media should wait until they find the plane to discus
      what happened before people get the wrong idea of what happened.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you 100%. The fact that 239 people are still out there somewhere without any way to contact us is really scary! By finding the missing plane, it will help to give everyone involved a sense of peace, and will bring closure to it all. Another good thing that would come from finding the plane would be that we can figure out how to prevent it from happening again in the future.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you that it is important for these questions to be answered. According to the http://www.usatoday.com/story/… is say’s “In the absence of concrete information on where the plane is, officials haven’t ruled out any
      possibilities”. Which means the officials are confused, shocked, and people in fear, who don’t know what to do. We must get answers soon to provide closure for these families.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      Yes, I think that is morally right but pouring more and more money into things we might not even find I think is not good. If we can get the search done Under 1 million dollars why should we keep going because it just keeps getting harder and harder to find the plane. http://www.thv11.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/11/malaysia-flight-370-plane-disappears/6283193/
      The longer and harder we look the more difficult the situation will get and the more money we will pour into the Flight 370 search.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I agree, I think that one of the most important reasons we need to find that plane is for families and friends who have most likely lost their loved ones. They need to have closure, and one of the only ways to do that is by finding flight 370 and figuring out why this happened. Right now these people are hoping for the best, while all these potential outcomes and conspiracies fill there minds.
      Speaking of conspiracies, another reason to figure out what happened is to set the record straight. When there is a mysterious event like this, and there is little information, people tend to make up theories or conspiracies about what could happen. These theories spread and get mixed in with the facts, leading to false knowledge and information.

      This link is to CNN. It talks about how we are yet to find any real answers or have any major breakthroughs but, as said by the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot “…We will spare no effort and we will not rest until we do every humanly possible.”
      http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/05/world/asia/jim-clancy-flight-370/

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Shae, I agree with you. It is absolutely a big deal to search for and hopefully find the plane. People are still wondering what happened and finding it would not only answer some of our questions but it would prepare us for other things that could happen. Mistakes happen but something this big could be something we need to learn from. In
      the link below, it says, “”You can’t just fly a 777 and not have a radar trace,” he said. One senior U.S. official, citing information Malaysia has shared with the United States, told CNN that “there is probably a significant likelihood” that the aircraft is on the floor of the Indian Ocean.” This could be a malfunction or even something planned. Either way, it’s something to learn from.

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      It makes sense to focus on finding the passengers, but we shouldn’t focus so much on the coverage itself. Mass amounts of time are being spent on discussing where a plane might be while larger stories are happening elsewhere. The coverage is understandable, but too much.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      It is important to solve the puzzle so you don’t put it away and don’t finish it. And finding this plane will give closer to the families and could help future flights. However Media outlets keep trying to overbuild there story by bringing in psychics and “experts” to talk about the same thing. The media coverage only will extend the search because the constant coverage and interruption would only stretch everything out. A watched pot won’t boil so I guess a observed investigation won’t be solved.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree. Their friends and family deserve to know what happened. Also we need to make sure the rest of us are safe. “The Malaysian government
      has launched a criminal investigation into the missing plane because it
      believes the plane was deliberately flown off course.” If it was deliberately thrown off corse then we might have more to worry about then just one missing plane. It could be apart of a greater plan, but we will never know until we find the black box of that plane. Until then, we need to keep our eyes open and be prepared for anything.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree that it is important to recover the plane for the closure of the friends and family of those onboard, as well as the people around the world concerned for their safety. I would like to add that it is also important to recover the plane and/or black box because we can prevent something this strange from happening again.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Yes I agree closure is what we all need especially the family members of the people missing.The common initial reaction after the news of loss is delivered is protest and denial. Dr Kevin R. Campbell, MD, FACC talks about the grieving process and says the following.
      “This reaction can last for months, particularly if the death was sudden. As providers, we must help the families move beyond protest and denial so that they can begin to heal.” These poor people are having trouble going through this process. But we have sent the highest quality equipment to locate the plane and they found a signal.”The team of international investigators hunting for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has “unquestionably” located the missing jetliner and could soon have high resolution images of the wreck site, an expert in deep sea recoveries of ships and planes told FoxNews.com.”

      They say that “There is virtually no chance that the pings picked up by ships towing sophisticated listening devices could be anything other than signals emitted by the plane’s flight data recorder, or “black box,” David Mearns, of Blue Water Recoveries.””This cannot be coming from anything else,” Mearns said. “This is the best equipment there is, and the signal is unmistakable.”

      “The reason they haven’t announced it is what the families have gone through in terms of all the false leads, and they are demanding that they see pieces of wreckage,” Mearns said.

      Here are my sources: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/09/flight-370-effort-could-soon-shift-from-search-to-recovery/

      http://drkevincampbellmd.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/grief-and-loss-in-medicine-the-role-of-physicians-in-helping-families-find-closure/

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      As said previously, we are doing a fine job at asking the questioning, but how are we gonna solve them if we are too busy asking them? We should try to find the puzzle piece and then figure out where it goes. You can sole a puzzle without the piece.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      I agree, finding these answers is important not only to the world but to the grieving families that people refuse to answer the questions they constantly ask. If we cant answer these questions events like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hypNJm0Fl-c will keep happening even more.

  • A_dag

    Yes it’s important to find flight 370 in order to discover what went wrong and fix the problem on future flights. I think the media only creates panic and stirs the pot of outrageous disappearance theories. CNN news had a psychic on to try to explain what happened to the missing flight. Media should of course cover the story, but they should report what they know not what they think. The reports about flight 370 could easily be clips straight out of anchorman2.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I completely agree with you. We do need to find these answers or there may be confusion. “A pinger locator in the Indian Ocean has detected signals consistent with those emitted by aircraft black boxes, the head of the Joint Agency Coordination Center said Monday”.”And the audible signal sounds to me just like an emergency locator beacon,” Houston said”. Perhaps we are getting closer, but is this information true? That is why I agree, because we never know if media is correct, it may be made up, or can cause theories and questions. In this quote it is not completely straight forward. They are making assumptions, because they are unsure themselves. I don’t know if we can even trust the internet.
      http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/06/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Anchorman 2 was a great movie though.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      I completely agree with you, even the Anchorman part :) The media and news outlets should solely report on the facts and stop feeding people’s obsessions over conspiracy theories. However, there is also a good side to news publicity. It creates an awareness about society that there has been a disaster and promotes people to try and help however they can. But in the end, the news should just stick to what they know to be true.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you completly. Is the media over covering the whole situation? A little bit, yes. But they are doing it because they feel like they need to in order to bring a since of peace to those who may need it. But at the end of the day, the news should stick to the facts, what they know is true.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I completely agree with you and that we need to find it but whether we should put a lot of money into finding it is my question? Almost 4 million US dollars is going into the search when we could be using that money to pay off our debt. There is no need to put in 4 million into any search with some exceptions and if anything we shouldn’t be doing the search the Malaysian Government should be because it’s their airplane. http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/07/the-u-s-has-spent-almost-4m-searching-for-mh370-and-others-have-spent-way-more/ And the reporters are making it worst than it actually should be.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I agree that it is very important to find flight 370 for many reasons. If it was a mechanical issues or something of that sorts, then we can figure out what happened and learn how to prevent that issue in the future. Another reason is that the families and friends of those passengers on flight 370 are anxiously waiting and wondering what happened to their loved ones. By finding the plane and figuring out what happened we can provide them with a sense of closure, which would make it a little easier for them to move on.
      In general, the media plays a large role in what everybody thinks, but in a mysterious case like this it does so even more. Since there are so many conspiracies, the media tends to get the facts and conspiracies mixed up. This leads to false informations and knowledge that now is spreading through the world. Also concerning the media, at the beginning they were providing us with new, valuable information. But now, day after day, say the same thing over and over again, with a new fact here or there. It’s as if the media can not get enough about flight 370.

      This link is to a Huffington Post article about how the media is obsessed with flight 370.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/19/media-malaysia-plane-flight-370-obsessed_n_4991815.html

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I agree with your opinion that the media is making a big deal out of this. News stations only seek to gain viewership and ratings instead of creating actual news and legitimate stories. The disappearance of the plane is a mystery that we all want solved but we shouldn’t make such a big deal of it. News stations should be to inform for information and not to entertain for entertainment.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you that it important to find what went wrong with flight 370 in order to fix problems in the future. According to the CNN news, “In 1989 UA flight 232 disappeared, investigators found the plane couple weeks later. It crashed and 111 people were found dead and the rest of them survived.” Do want more people to die? I think if we figure out what went wrong, then we can prevent plane from “vanishing”. Also we can figure way to find the the plane quicker. There is new developed that there are people who built a robot called Remus 6000 that locate anything underwater including planes. Just like when they found flight 477 they used Remus 6000. So why can’t they use that robot to find flight 370??

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree with you that it is important to find out what happened to the flight in order to determine if it was a malfunction or not. But only the black box that all planes have will tell us the truth. As for the media I agree with you on that. They should only report what they know and not what they think cause that leads to ideas that aren’t real.”Five per cent of Americans surveyed by Reason.com believe that the plane was abducted by aliens. Some bloggers have pointed to a number of recent UFO sightings in Malaysia as evidence for extraterrestrial intervention. Alexandra Bruce, from Forbidden Knowledge TV, “proves” the involvement of aliens with her analysis of radar data.

      Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/flight-mh370/58037/flight-mh370-conspiracy-theories-what-happened-missing-plane#ixzz2yJk5TgKC

      Really, UFO abduction.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      A_dag, I agree completely. It is a great thing that they are searching and reporting about it but they shouldn’t be stating their opinions as facts. They need to provide factual things with evidence. They are over-covering the disappearance and it is confusing people that are already having doubts. This website says, “Investigators believe it crashed in the Indian Ocean although no confirmed debris has been found.” There are still a lot of people and groups searching for the plane, for example, the Australian ship Ocean Shield is searching and has been since it all happened.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26912064

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree, the media has been misleading us in a way. They should focus on the facts. They aren’t helping by making up theories. “CNN and Fox News’ coverage has led to a larger TV audiences.” (found on this KQED page) They are getting higher ratings by making up these theories because they are interesting, which is why they keep doing it. The media should be less focussed on viewers and more focused on facts because if they report the truth then more people will want to listen to them.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I completely agree. The families deserve to find out what actually happened. Many family members have commented on the situation and think the same also. “Tom Wood, a brother of American passenger Philip Wood, said his family would have no comment until authorities provide concrete evidence.”

      Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/05/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-families-reaction/

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      I agree that the media creates panic about the situation. The media continues to speculate about the missing plane. They should just stick to the facts and only the facts. Here’s a CNN article that facts of what they know what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/10/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-knowns-unknowns/

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree 100%. The media makes a outrageous stories so people will get interested but who knows if they are true. It is important to find the flight so it can help with future flights.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree. It’s important to find out what happened to flight 370 to ensure it doesn’t happen again. It’s also important because we need to inform the people’s family members and friends what happened to them. The medias coverage helps by keeping people thinking about it. This mystery raises questions like what happened to the plane, where is it, how did it go off the radar, how did the data stop transmitting, and why did it fly off course. The article says “Where could the plane be? What could have happened to it?”

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree. Media coverage causes chaos. Yes it is good to stay informed, but with something like this, really the only ones who need updates are the family. They don’t need to be putting ideas into people heads like what happened to the plane. Because, again, that just causes chaos.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      Yes CNN bringing a psychic on air was ridiculous but the facts they present cant be denied.”they’ve concluded that the plane was hijacked and that one of the pilots or someone with flight experience was involved.(reported by sky news) If the media that fuels these conspiracy theories and uses the strange outposts didn’t provide these facts than no one would know and no one could provide information for people for the families who need the answers.

      http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/identifying-the-missing-people-on-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh730/story-fnh81fz8-1226855786121

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    “Before Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared from radar six days ago, there was no call for help.” Planes don’t just disappear in a matter of hours. We may think that it is just an accident or a malfunction, but there are always more than one way for a plane to communicate. It is important for us to find what had happened, because if we were to figure out what had happened we may be prepared for this in the future. I would think that family members are going to want to know what had happened. Not knowing leads to anger and sorrow, anger and sorrow can lead to destruction. The media could really help us. News is told by the things that the searchers have found out, so we know that it is straight from the source, but these videos can really create confusion, theories, and fear. If they don’t have an answer, sometimes these things can be made up and can be very vague. I know that people want a straight forward answer, and just HAVE to know. If it is not answered soon people may think that it could be terrorists, hijacking, malfunctions, or even something extra terrestrial.”With experts baffled and no trace of the plane anywhere if there was ever a time for your crazy uncle’s supernatural conspiracy theories, this is it.” If it is not proven fast, what will this world become?
    http://www.hlntv.com/article/2014/03/13/malaysia-airlines-theories-flight-370

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    I think that it is important to find out what happened to flight 370 because if it is a plane malfunction then we can learn what we did wrong and fix it. But, if its something else rather than just a plane malfunction then we would really need to look at it and fix all models of it. The media coverage does help because it keeps people informed on the search plus possible new leads in the search, but then again it can sometimes lead to conspiracy theories; if the news has been providing information that hasn’t been fully confirmed.

    “In fact, it has been reported that family members of the missing believe that the Malaysian government is involved in a massive cover-up of what really took place on Mar. 8, after the aircraft’s transponder was manually overridden via human intervention. Moreover, Malaysian authorities have suspiciously failed to release the plane’s cargo hold manifest and actual cockpit voice recordings which have been repeatedly requested by various family members, investigators and search and rescue teams to aid in the search for the missing plane.” plus “As of now the motive for such an elaborate crime is not yet fully known.What we do know is that 20 employees from the multi-billion dollar Austin Texas-based tech firm Freescale Semiconductor along with one IBM executive were aboard the flight.” This coming from http://intellihub.com/flight-370-details-signs-point-backdoor-westwardly-landing-approach-onto-secret-island-base/.

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    Flight 370 had been a trending topic for a few weeks now and it is important for us to find answers on what happened to Flight 370. Friends and family that are close to the people that were on board of that flight need to find closure on what happened to their loved ones, they have been told different theories on what might have happened to them, they need to have a solid answer they can’t be told any more of these theories. “In the absence of concrete information on where the plane is, officials haven’t ruled out any possibilities”, the media has put out there all the different theories that they have been told about the flight, but as many of those theories ave not been backed up with any information. While watching the news one day I heard one man that works for the CIA say “We need to put all the theories that we have on what happened to Flight 307 on the table so that we have a start point” Throwing into the table a bunch of ideas about what happened to the plane won’t get us anywhere also the media strongly advertises some of these ideas and in some way it tricks people into believing these ideas even though they might be not possible and bizarre, for example the theory of aliens abducting the plane or cutting the communication system of the plane. Overall this case has been very much talked about on the past weeks and people are starting to ask questions about if the government is ever going to find the answer of what happened to the plane? or that if they really need to use 4 million dollars onto the search of this plane? We need closure on this mystery right now and we need to stop hearing all these different theories that are being thrown at us constantly.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    The case for continuing to search for answers as to the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 is primarily a moral one. Many people believe that the victims’ families deserve answers, which of course they do. Continuing to search for these answers and keeping the topic relevant and in the spotlight has also improved news and broadcasting corporations’ ratings–according to usnews.com, CNN has seen “a huge ratings bump since the plane’s disappearance, growing 86 percent among viewers aged 25 to 54,” which is reason enough for those corporations to continue to search for answers and throw out conspiracy theories at will, like CNN did. Personally, I believe news corporations have a moral duty to report fact and fact only, or at least to loudly and obviously disclaim what is a person’s opinion on subjects, especially ones as tragic and devastating as this.

    The media’s coverage of events, when it remains unbalanced, is vital to the public’s knowledge on certain topics. However, as Cass Sunstein said, people pay attention to conspiracy theories and glom onto them, particularly if they feel some sense of powerlessness. The families of those who were lost on Flight 370 are bound to be experiencing a feeling of powerlessness, both burdened by deaths they had no part in, and without any sort of closure, as the issue is continued to be blown up and made light of. Every situation is unique, but when tragedies such as this strike, it would be best if the media stayed quiet. According to this infographic (http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/4fd9ee1e6bb3f7af5700000a/media-infographic.jpg), 90% of American media is owned by corporations. As the goal of a corporation is to earn money, they will do what they can to get better ratings. So ultimately, no, the vast majority of the media coverage hasn’t helped.

    As with many things, an answer to one question can lead to infinitely more. The most obvious question is, of course, what happened to the plane. Theweek.co.uk (http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/flight-mh370/58037/flight-mh370-conspiracy-theories-what-happened-missing-planethrows out multiple popular conspiracy theories,) points out multiple conspiracy theories, like an alien abduction, invisibility, the Bermuda Triangle, and an unimaginable power. Ultimately, I don’t think that we will ever know what happened to the plane, as so much of what we know is reliant on trusting other nations when they tell us what they know. Another might be how much we can trust our media, and again what help or harm it does in matters such as this. Scientists are most likely asking what might be done to stop this from happening again or to improve the battery life or signal strength or black boxes–or perhaps even a better alternative. The questions a person asks about this are in the end dependent on their relationship to the mystery, and I cannot speak for everyone.

  • Alec Viera

    The media has definitely spurred the search crews into more intensive work through their pressuring and “mass hysteria” inducing natures. Although it’s horrible that hundreds of people most likely died, I have to appreciate the fact that the situation evokes a sense of mystery and magic… Even with our technology today, the world can still hold un-identifiable mysteries.

    #stepp9

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      As much as I hate to break it to you, this plane will be found. According to news, they are on a lead right now that should lead them to the wreckage, and hopefully some survivors. And hopefully the wreckage will help us get a better understanding of what happened, and how to prevent it in the future.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I believe that there is that one small chance that the flight will never be found. But there is a pretty high chance that the flight will be found. They have recently have had a lot of big breaks in the search for Flight 370. http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/27/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/ Hopefully they will find the airplane and everything is good.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Alec, I agree with you. The media has spurred more action regarding search efforts. It also surprises me how a situation can baffle the whole world and make them really wonder where the heck this plane really is, considering the advanced technology we have.
      Also, Please take a look at this video I made. I asked people the three prompts from this article and recorded their responses. Hope you enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmw7eWqpa0Q

    • madisono-2boydbence

      The media has been very involved in this case for many reasons, one being how mysterious and peculiar it is. Because it is so mysterious ad there is little known about what happened, there are many conspiracy theories. When so many conspiracies are spreading and out there, it becomes what most people believe. This may be just because they hear or thought of it and chose to believe or they were misinformed. A common way may people may become misinformed is through the media. The media has the facts but with all the theories, sometimes everything gets mixed up and communicated incorrectly.
      Over all, the media is seemingly obsessed with the mystery of flight 370, and as it says in this United News article http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/19/is-malaysia-airlines-flight-370s-disappearance-getting-too-much-media , over-covering the case. But in the end, how you feel is up to you.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I really agree with the fact about the media. The media really stirs up commotion and the willingness of finding more information, but I think that the plane will be found. If you had a family member in the plane, I for sure would not want to believe that hundreds of people have died, i’m positive that they still have hope. In the CNN new letter it says, “We’ve got a visual indication on a screen, and we’ve also got an audible signal”. There is still a chance for these people to come back home.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Alec, although the media has pressured a lot of the people and groups to search for the plane, the media has also spread a lot of doubt and questioning. It seems as though people have more ideas of disappearances and theories that scare them because of the media. It is a good thing that it encourages people to search, but it also gives people a lot of doubt. This website talks about the media and all of the coverage on the situation.

      http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/19/is-malaysia-airlines-flight-370s-disappearance-getting-too-much-media

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      The “mass hysteria” induced by the media is something that should be turned down or stopped. We all want to find out what happened to those people, but creating a gigantic deal out of this can do more harm than good and create illegitimacy.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      The media is not helping this situation. They keep pressuring people to find the next clue so they have another story. Also they keep on asking the families the same questions and they don’t get any further in their objective. The mystery and magic won’t help find the plane but it will help the investigators to keep thinking maybe it’s true and we’ll never find the plane. The Black Dahlia case was of a horrendous murder that was heavily covered and the case remains unsolved. The media will not help here but continue the search. It’s hard to work under extensive coverage and pressure.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I kind of agree with you that the even though technology is really high they still can’t discover somethings. There technology’s that can find planes underwater, but for some reason they choose not to use them. Instead they use the navy’s jet to try to find the flight 370. According to http://www.usatoday.com, the navy said “they found a piece of what we think is the plane, but they are not sure.” Which is the reason why I think they use one of the new developed, like the robot called Resume 6000 to find flight 370 and to make sure those pieces are part of the plane.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      Definitely, I feel like all the media had definitely pressured the people in charge to hurry up and find the plane. even though it is no where that easy.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree it is interesting but I also think we will solve this mystery. Maybe not right away, maybe in a few years. “This isn’t the first time a large commercial flight has mysteriously disappeared. The 2009 vanishing of Air France flight 447 over the Atlantic from Rio de Janeiro to Paris was shrouded in mystery for years.” (found on http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/03/11/missing-flight-search ) As you can see, something similar has happened before. It might take some time but we will find the answers. We proved we have the equipment needed to fine it, now we just need to keep looking.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I disagree. While it’s called a mystery for now, I’m confident that it will be found in the very near future. “Leaders of the two countries heading multinational efforts to solve the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 pledged Thursday that no effort would be spared to give the families of those on board the answers they need.”

      Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-australia-will-not-give-up-quest-to-bring-flight-370-families-closure/

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      The flight, while missing for now, will be found. And yes, even with the amazing technology that we have today, it is not always easy to go find a missing plane in the ocean.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      While there may not be answers right now they will find the plane eventually. It’s important to find the flight because people’s family and friends were on that plane. Also Once we know what happened we can better stop it from happening again. They have a signal that will lead them to the plane. The article says “Haixun 01 picked up the first so-called “ping” signal at about 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude.” The medias coverage will help the search also because it keeps people thinking about it and wanting answers. This mystery raises the questions of what happened to the plane, why did it happen, and how do we keep it from happening again.

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    There are many reasons to why we should find what happen to the flight. I think the main reason is that we want to find what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is that we want to know what went wrong like if it was taken over or if it was mechanical error or if it was pilot error. And when we find out what happen to the flight like if it was mechanical error then we can go back to the plane manufacturer and see if it would happen to future flights. Also another reason we want to find out what happened because we want to find out what happens in the “unknown.” The last reason is for the people on the plane and there family can have some closer about them.
    Media in this situation is making it a bigger deal than it actually needs to be. Yes, the plan did disappear unexpectedly, but it doesn’t have to be on the news 24/7 because it is not relevant until a leader breaks out or they find it. like in this article just repeating what already happened http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/06/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/ . Also the media isn’t really help at all, it’s not like we are looking for a person where the people can help look for them.

    Some questions on this mystery is, “whose fault was it that made it disappear” or “why did it disappear?” Also who should be conducting the search Malaysia or America?

  • David_N_2

    The mysterious disappearance of flight 370 has arose many questions, yet so few answers are given. “What really happened?” is the question a lot of us ask, but as of now no one knows which is all the more reason to find out. One of the reasons why it is so very important to find out what happened to flight 370 is to drop all conspiracy theories. Cass Sustein said: “…Conspiracy theories are often a reaction to a tragic event or an event that scares people.” Conspiracy theories are dangerous animals if let loose. If too many people believe it, then chaos will erupt. People will go out and act upon that thoughtless theory believing it’s the truth. The longer it takes for a mystery to be solved, the more dramatic conspiracy theories get. When times become rough, people tend to panic and stop thinking straight. Second of all, it’s important because it will provide answer and closure to those who need it. Lastly, we can use our experience in finding this flight to use for future tragedies. As for media, I believe that media has done its job fine. Media doesn’t help with the search, but it does inform people about what currently happening to keep them sane or informed. Media isn’t really able to do much right now because of the lacking answers which leads to the rise of conspiracy theories. Right now, we are in deep tension on what has happened to flight 370. The evidence that HAS been gathered are coming into ties. We can only hope and pray that this flight is to be found.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I have to say, the flight did raise many questions and many questions are not being asked by the press, in this video http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/29/world/asia/malaysia-plane-questions/, the same general question comes up, why were the technologies and people manning the technology so reluctant to raise any red flags when they found a plane without a transponder? Well, even the professionals here in the video tried to double talk their way out of directly answering the question. The answer just isn’t out there yet and that leaves dangerous room for speculation and conspiracy theories and all that not so good stuff.

  • madisono-2boydbence

    Throughout the course of history there have been many mysteries that bring up conspiracies. A lot of the time conspiracies are brought up because of lack of knowledge and as said in the “Here and Now” radio segment, Conspiracy theories are often a reaction to a tragic event or an event that scares people.”,that explains why there are so many conspiracies regarding Flight 370.
    Because there is such little information, reporters and press there is not much valid information they can share. As said by Tom McGerveran in a tweet, “It is so easy. If you don’t have information about the missing plane then do not write about it.”, but what is happening, a lot of the time is that conspiracies and the truth gets mixed up so therefore, the reporters, press, etc. share what may be false information. This is one reason why it is very important to find answers about what happened to Malaysian Flight.
    If we were to never know what happened to Flight 370 then, the conspiracies would go on forever, just like with Amelia Airheart. Along with that, if we never found out what happened then we would not how to fix the issues in the future, if the reason happened to be something that could be fixable. Lastly, one of the most important reasons is for closure, for all those families and friends who may have lost someone on flight 370, because without that closure, it will be even more difficult to move on.

    Here is the youtube link to a video I created. I interviewed different people to get their opinions and thoughts on our Do Now prompt for the week.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhAG8zqeruY&feature=youtu.be

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    It’s important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 because 239 people’s lives were taken and it’s hard to be at peace when you’re unsure of what happened to your loved ones. Families are worried, they don’t know if the plane made it somewhere and is just lost, or if they crashed and died. There are endless possibilities to what could have happened. The media’s coverage is just creating more questions and doubts. The media isn’t helping them find anything; it’s just letting the whole world know what they think about the things that they have heard. People are asking, “What happened?” “Where is the plane?” “Was it hijacked?” Well, no one knows yet. In the beginning of the article linked below, it talks about the pilots and their experience previous to this tragedy. The main pilot had more than 18,000 flying hours and the First Officer Fariq Ab Hamid has 2,763 flying hours and was transitioning from flight simulator training to the Boeing 777-200ER. They both had a lot of experience so it seems odd that this would happen. It’s important that we keep searching because finding out what happened could further prepare us for something similar in the future.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    The Malaysian flight 370 traveled on the day of March 7th. The flight left from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. The flight took off at 12:41am with 239 passengers on board. Within the next few hours the signals of the plane were lost and by the time of 8:11am the flight was proclaimed lost. Recently there have been many people searching in hope to find remains. Sending search parties are very important when it comes to plane safety and the well being of the family and friend’s of the lost passengers.
    If the plane did happen to malfunction finding it could lead to making sure that the mistake isn’t made again. If something happened like a part was missing or something wasn’t working the way it was supposed to then we need to find it out. Finding the source of the problem will help to improve planes in the future.
    Not knowing where the plane is and why it is gone scares people. The fear of the unknown can affect the future of this airlines. Most people are aware of the situation that occurred and are now weary of using that airlines. Thus, causing the airline company to loose money and possibly become bankrupt. Finding this airplane and the problem with it can save the future of this company.
    All 239 of these passengers had families and friends who cared about them. Not knowing what happened or where they are is a very tragic situation. Being able to find these people and give them a proper burial or reunion will bring peace to the ones who care about them. All of these are reasons why it is important to find the aircraft.
    The media, as in many news stations and websites, have been reporting on this story ever since it happened. You would think this is a good thing, keeping everyone up to date, but the problem is they don’t have concrete information to share. They have many theories in mind but none have come true. There are rumors of terrorism, hijacking, and plane malfunction. While all these are possibilities, it is not helpful to put these ideas out there when the biggest evidence is still hidden. These rumors just fuel the fire for people who find it fun to try to uncover mysteries. The media needs to provide information based on the true facts concerning progress of the search parties.
    Being a very scary and tragic mystery, it raises many questions. As mentioned earlier, there are many conspiracies out there. But this event has also raised questions on plane safety. For example, why was the transponder turned off? If the transponder is the only thing that tracks a flight and then gets turned off, shouldn’t there be a back up system? Questions pertaining to the safety of the plane and how it happened have risen.
    As you can see there are many reasons why it is important to find this airplane as soon as possible. There also needs to be a limit to what the media talks about especially when the scenario is as sensitive as this one. Many questions have appeared and the best way to answer them would be to find the plane, so I hope they find it soon. I also pray for the families and friends who had loved ones on that plane.

  • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

    The case of the missing flight Malaysian 370 is the biggest and greatest mystery to strike us in a long time. Usually with missing persons and planes we can track them fast in a variety of ways. By using a black box or G.P.S, we have found hundreds of lost planes.
    By finding out what happened we can provide closure to tons of people who may or may not be personally involved with the victims of the missing flight. I think with the media coverage people are more informed even though some news stations might be going overboard. But all the coverage definitely puts pressure on the people in charge of finding it to find it. This mystery raises so many questions, like where is the plane, what happened to the people, why did this happen to the plane and why couldn’t we find them.

  • caciliya c

    I think its important to find answers to what happened to the flight so the families of the missing people know what happened to them. Its also important so they could figure out what went wrong with the plane so the same thing doesn’t happen to another one.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      I agree the families of the victims should get the closure they deserve.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree, Caciliya. These families deserve answers on what happened to their loved ones and friends. They can figure out if there were any malfunctions on the plane during the flight which will be beneficial in the long run.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree with you, Caciliya. Its is important to find out what happened to the flight so those families can have closure. ““Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this mystery,” said Tony Abbott the Prime Minister of Australia. What’s at stake, he added that “a whole lot of people who just want to solve the problem.”” By knowing what happened to flight 370 we solve the problem to the plane itself plus we can prevent this from happening again.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I completely agree with you, that families of the passengers deserve to have an answer that tells them what happened to their relatives or friends, and also we do need to figure out what happened to that plane so that we can take precautions towards other planes so that the same thing doesn’t happen again.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I totally agree with you! A situation like this it is a very stressful and worrisome time for the families and friends of the passengers. Not knowing what has happened to the passengers must be a very difficult thought to come to terms with. That is why we need to find this plane and what happened to it, so these people can have a sense of closure. I also think finding this plane will lead to knowing the problem that caused it to disappear in the first place. If there was something wrong with the plane we can find it and then prevent it from happening to any future planes. This whole situation has also caused people to be weary of flying so finding the answers can bring a sense of calm to the passengers on future flights. Knowing the answers will benefit the families and future flyers.

      I asked other people this question as well and if you wouldn’t mind I would love it if you took the time to see their responses.

      http://youtu.be/ar6CeMdFy5k

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree we need to at least get an answer for the family so they could get some closer.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree. A situation like this it is a very depressing and hard time for the families and friends of the passengers and workers. Not knowing what happened to them must be a very difficult to accept. They deserve an answer.

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree. I think it is important to find out what happened to the plane because the families and friends what to know if they’re ok. We at least need to get a answer for the families so they can know what happened.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree with you,
      enhancements need to be made so that this won’t happen again, but if it does they do need a much better method to be able to track and find the plane. The families and loved ones of the 370 passengers need closure, and they wont be able to let go until they figure out what really happened.

  • Belen A.

    I think the news coverage helps out just a little though but it also makes the of the passengers more worried that to find out that they still haven’t found air flight 370.Just knowing that the people are still alive or not?

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I do agree with you that the news coverage helps out, but I disagree that it makes people worried. I think it helps people keep informed in what is happening and I believe it make the people searching more motivated because a lot of people are counting on them.

  • A. Hall

    I think the families should get answers about flight 370 so they wont stay wondering or being depressed.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree the families who lost there loved ones should know what happened to them so that they can he at peace.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree. It would be wrong for them to keep updates from the families, maybe even friends. That is one reason that media coverage, again, could be a good thing, but not everybody needs an update. I agree with you, at least the family does, but that can happen behind closed doors.

  • Breanna R

    i dont understand how a plane so big , can get lost so easily ? they need to make a new system so that they know exactly where all planes are

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      They have those things they’re called black boxes and they are like gps’s for downed planes. This is why it’s such a big mystery.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      Nobody expected a ship as big as the titanic to disappear and 102 years later here we are. Big planes could easily disappear under thousands of feet of seawater. However many people have conspiracies that do nothing but confuse. Ideas like fire or lost radar contact could easily attribute this. Things like North Korea or aliens are just malarky. Planes can get lost but the trick is being smart about it.

    • Ashton Walker

      Flight 370 could have hundreds of factors that could of lead
      to its disappearance. Anything from engine failure to an act of terrorism is
      possible. The fact that the flight went missing right as the plane was changing
      from one radar to another raises many red flags as to why it happened and leads
      me to believe that an act of terrorism is very possible. If the plane would
      have had any form of mechanical failure the pilots would have been able to
      report it, even if they weren’t on radar. So if the plane did fail and the
      pilot didn’t report it the situation still looks to be a human form of failure.
      The only way any accurate information can be gathered is if the plane is found,
      and the black box’s that were on board only are good for up to 30 days. Time really
      is getting scarce and answers now are going to be harder to come by. http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/03/world/malaysia-flight-map/

      • MadelynR_3boydbence

        I agree with you there are so many factor that can tell us what happened t flight 370. Theres a lot of confusion and questions as to why this pan went missing.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Breanna R

      I agree with you, but for
      them to create a new system they need to find the missing plane. If they find
      the plane than many questions will be answered. For example if the plane is at
      the bottom of the Indian Ocean than it will tell us that it was most likely not
      a terrorist attack. Another question that needs to be answered is, “Was
      the plane ordered to turn back, if so who gave the order?” Families and the
      rest of the world need these answers for future airline improvements. The media
      does not help the search; it only makes the public more aware of what sort of
      happened. In this instance the media has not helped find the missing plane
      though. For other points of view on these questions look at this short video.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu-UKimpl6I&feature=youtu.be

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      The current system seems to be very reliable with exceptions such as this one. It’s just not intended to work for a long period of time. “Time is of the essence, since the boxes’ batteries are only built to last a month. Data from the boxes could help investigators determine what happened to the plane.”

      Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-how-searchers-find-black-box-signals/

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I can see your point Breanna but just because the plane was big doesn’t mean that something couldn’t have happened. With all these conspiracy theories, who knows what could of really happened? Now, I do agree that they need to look over their system and add some changes, but we shouldn’t be blaming anyone for this.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      Breanna,
      Many unexpected things happen. We are never prepared. It is quite strange how the plane was not visible to the radar, but anything can happen. I agree, they need to come up with a better way of keeping track of planes, just in case this ever happens again.

  • Trong Y.

    Not only is an airplane missing, but also 239 people. They may be dead or alive but if not found immediately, they will not be able to survive. This is important because each and everyone of those passengers have friends and families that are worried sick about them. To find answers to what happened to the flight will change everything because this isn’t the first time something went missing. The media is doing great at helping because they help spread the word of the missing flight. This mystery will have people asking, “What if we’re next?” “Is anyone safe?” “Should I let my child go on this plane?” etc. But the real question is, what are you doing to help? What if it’s your family in that plane? Wouldn’t you want other people to help?

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      There’s no way anyone could survive a crash like that, though. Naturalnews.com says that a Boeing 777 hit the water at a velocity as great as it did, it would be “a lot like hitting a cement wall at terminal velocity.” Terminal as in fatal. No one survived that. Closure is important, but so much of that relies on the media not reporting conspiracy theories, but fact, and not sensationalizing a tragedy, like Carl Sunstein said in the audio clip embedded in the blog post above. How would you feel if someone you love were dead and their body was missing somewhere in the ocean and the media was making light and dragging this incessantly on until the next tragedy struck?

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you Trong, we need to find answers that help us solve the mystery on what happened to that plane, airplanes that big don’t disappear that easily. Like you said the passengers of flight 307 might be dead or alive, whatever the case is their families deserve to know what happened to the or to maybe save them, and yes, people are now asking if its safe to fly in airplanes and that if they should send their children alone in them, we need to have a closure on this situation so that our society can have answers on what really happened and on if there should be more precautions taken towards planes.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you because even though it is only 239 people, them going missing affects so many more people other than the passengers.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with your statement it is vary important to get answer to all theses questions. and help the families get to at least know what happened to there loved ones.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      Trong,
      I agree with you. It is extremely important that this plane, or its remains, are found. These poor families have been waiting over a month to know the full story. Thankfully the media is helping us receive the news fast and hopefully the families will get what they have been waiting for soon.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      I agree with you that we need to find these people and the plane fast. Who know what could happen. These people have a bunch of families and friends that dearly love them and would like to know what happened and where there families are. The media is doing good they are reporting the correct things the only problem is , is that they are making the families and people of the world scared to find out what is or what happened. Where did this plane go? Will we ever find it? Are the people still alive?

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    It is very important to find the missing flight 370. The passengers on that plane could be in danger, or even dead. We need to find them and get them to safety. And even if they are okay, they need to return to their worried friends and families.
    Medias coverage COULD very well be useful to the search, but personally I don’t find much use to it. It does keep the families informed, bu they could be doing that behind closed doors. It is good to be informed about current events but they need to be worried about finding it, not getting information to a local news channel.
    This case raises many questions. Questions like, why did the plane go off the charts? How long until we can find it? How do they plan on finding? are they in danger? etc..

  • chue v.

    It is important to find the mystery to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. We want to know whats happened to them and how is that happen”the flight go missing”. Their families should get an answer back.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree because there were 239 aboard that plane. Each one has a family and they need answers to why the plane went missing. Plus finding out how it went missing will help us avoid future problems. Thus making flight travel even more safer.

      Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/24/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I agree with you Chue, not only are we anxious to know the answer but so is the families and friend of the passengers. How can their loved ones be in peace when unsure of what happened. I know I would probably drive myself crazy just thinking of the different possibilities of what could of happened. The article up above states, ““Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this mystery,” said Tony Abbott the Prime Minister of Australia. What’s at stake, he added that “a whole lot of people who just want to solve the problem.” Therefore not only us and the families want to know what happened, but mostly everybody.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      We have a moral duty to give them answers, certainly, but I don’t think the answers are within reach. Oceanservice.noaa.gov says that the ocean can be as deep as 36,200 feet, and there’s no way someone could survive that crash. Time (http://time.com/53414/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-search-cost/) reports that the search for the plane has already cost $44 million, and America certainly doesn’t have that sort of disposable income.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, friends and families of the passengers that were on board of the plane deserve to have closure on this case. Apart from those who were close to the passengers of the flight us as a society are eager to know what happened to the plane that would cause it to crash or whatever it happened to it, and then by knowing that we can have more precautions towards planes.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. It could be a conspiracy or it could be pilot error, we don’t know. We owe it to the families to get answers, but we can’t give answers that aren’t official.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you about wanting to find out answers about the mystery of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. The answers to this mystery will help bring peace to the families and friends of the passengers who were on board. “The wait has been devastating for weary families, CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports. “(CBS News) Connecting the missing puzzle pieces can also help us to know how to prevent this from happening again. For instance, if the plane had malfunctioned we can trace it back to what made it mess up and improve planes in order to keep it from happening again. On the other hand, if there was some kind of hijacking or terrorism involved finding the plane and it’s black box can help us to know why it was this plane and these people. Finding the answers can also help the people who are skeptical to fly, especially with that airlines, to feel safe enough to fly again. Therefore, discovering the explanation to this strange mystery will bring peace to the families and help to restore plane safety.

      Website link for quote: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-no-new-black-box-like-sounds-heard/

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I agree with you. Families deserve to have an answer because they thought that their loved ones were getting on a safe flight. They didn’t know this was going to happen. Searches are continuing and that is a good thing because, “a whole lot of people who just want to solve the problem.”

    • Guest

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    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree saying that their families deserve to get answers, but I also think that everyone needs to know what happened so maybe we can prevent this from happening again.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree there families should know what happened to there loved ones. also i agrees that we need to find an answer so this would never happen again.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree we need to know what has happened to flight 370. These families who lost there loved ones want to know what had happen so they can be at peace. Not only that but also to prevent this from happening again.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      They should indeed get a answer back asap but sadly we have to keep in mind that it will be hard to find the plane. However I do hope that the plane is found soon, maybe they can use the satellites in orbit?

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    We need to find answers soon, the families are protesting demanding answers on where and what happened to their loved ones. We need to find out what happened so that not only we can help inform the families but find out what happened on that plane to cause it to disappear. The medias coverage doesn’t really help the cause of the disappearance, It just raises more questions and creates more probable causes to what happened. All media is trying to do is make this story more than it actually is. They try to put stuff in that may or may not be true. The medias coverage just makes everything confusing not knowing what to believe. The real are is Where radio connections deliberately cut off? Could the plane have landed somewhere else? Was it a hijacking? Are there any survivors? Will we find out what really happened?

  • Ty Sweno

    I don’t understand how a Boeing 777 just disappears with out anyone knowing what happened to it. There are so many conspiracies at the moment its kind of ridiculous. Who knows what really happened to it, until they actually find the plane the conspiracies will just keep coming. You would think though with all the technology that we have now a days we should be able to find and locate the plane pretty quickly. The weirdest part is the fact that they can’t even find the planes black box. The plane quite literally up and vanished. There is no crash indication or signal, absolutely nothing. It just straight up doesn’t make sense, it almost seems like it was planned. As said in http://www.npr.org/2014/03/14/290242398/the-difficulty-of-making-a-modern-airplane-disappear its extremely hard with todays technology to make something so big and massive with such technology to up and disappear.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      The families need answers and some closure, I agree saying it’s weird how the plane just disappeared. But this is a big world with big empty oceans and anything could’ve happened to it in the middle of the ocean.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Ty I agree, this is the modern world, and we need answers. A Boeing 777 doesn’t just disappear without nobody knowing. We need answers for those who are relatives to the passengers of there accident. Or is this even an accident. This link below explains what they think what happened and what they think went wrong.

      http://www.npr.org/2014/03/14/290242398/the-difficulty-of-making-a-modern-airplane-disappear

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree with you. A plane that size just doesn’t go “off the radar”. With all the modern tech we have today Im surprised we haven’t found it yet. But with it being gone for this long it does raise questions as to just what happened. A plane that massive doesn’t just go missing. But they have a lead that is similar to a ping that a plane would give off.” (CNN) — After weeks of searching vast swaths of ocean, the chief of the Australian agency coordinating the search for Malaysia Flight 370 said Monday that searchers have their “most promising” lead yet.

      On Sunday, a pinger locator in the Indian Ocean detected signals that were consistent with those sent by a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said at a news conference.

      The signals were picked up by the Ocean Shield, an Australian navy ship that’s towing a sophisticated U.S. pinger locator through an area about 1,750 kilometers (1,100 miles) northwest of Perth, Australia.

      The first detection lasted for more than two hours; a second lasted for about 13 minutes.” We have the tech, now we just need to put it to good use.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      There’s also a chance that someone is withholding information–we have to rely on trust for many of the things we know. According to naturalnews.com (http://www.naturalnews.com/044430_malaysia_airlines_official_story_government_cover-up.html#) “A Boeing 777 does not — and cannot — survive impact with the ocean and remain intact. It simply does not have the structural integrity to survive such an impact, which is a lot like hitting a cement wall at terminal velocity,” so you’re exactly right–little of this makes sense. However, we do have to consider that the ocean can be as deep as 36,200 feet at its deepest point, according to oceanservice.noaa.gov. I don’t think our black boxes can be heard from that deep, but we should have heard more than we have at this point.

      • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

        It is very true that the plane would have been torn apart by the impact, and that depth of ocean would break the black box and interfere with the signal, we would have heard the signal when the ship first hit, unless it was intentional or there was a malfunction with the black box, both of which are very unlikely.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you that there are many conspiracies out there about what happened to the plane. I believe this has to do with the media coverage on this event. The media does not have straight answers with solid information causing people to speculate.”Far away from the scene of the search, on the internet’s more excitable fringes, individuals have been working on theories of their own to plug the information gaps.”(From the week.com) Some of the conspiracies mentioned in this article include alien abduction, bermuda triangle, and possibility of the plane becoming invisible. Due to the fact that the news has been giving unclear information, these conspiracies are forming. Unless the news has concrete information, I believe they need to limit the media coverage.

      To read more about the conspiracies, here is the website: http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/flight-mh370/58037/flight-mh370-conspiracy-theories-what-happened-missing-plane

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I see what you are saying, but you can’t blame anybody until you know it that is was there fault. What I am getting from you is that you are saying that somebody planned for this to happen. “There are many theories as to what happened.” In this video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNZtz-HVy6c ) towards the end, it shows that there was another plane tailing Flight 370. When the plane broke its trail, is the same time that Flight 370 disappeared. This is one of the theories that people have heard and, to me, one of the most interesting. We don’t know what happened to the plane yet, but searches are continuing. Planes have mechanical issues all the time, that could be what happened, but it may have been planned.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree with you. It is very strange that the plane would have just disappeared like that. International Business Times states- “The fact is all Boeing 777 commercial jets are packed with black box recorders that can survive any on-board explosion and it can transmit locator signals for at least 30 days after falling into the ocean.”

      http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/542902/20140312/conspiracy-theories-malaysian-airlines-mh370-sudden-disapperance.htm#.U0WHs61dUrx

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      Conspiracy theories are what are running around peoples heads when it comes to the case of Flight370. Is this really a time for conspiracy, this isn’t National Treasure we aren’t focusing on a possibly true story, we are talking about real peoples lives. Our technology is being questioned because of this. You would think it would be able to have found it by now but since it hasn’t we are questioning wether or not it is even safe to fly. Something as massive as a plane shouldn’t just vanish and not be traced but “Adding to the mystery comes news that the plane appears to have been in contact with a satellite for several hours after it vanished.” (paragraph 3, sentence 3. http://www.npr.org/2014/03/14/290242398/the-difficulty-of-making-a-modern-airplane-disappear), so we did have some signals coming from it. Now, though, it is quite. That is where the conspiracies are coming from.

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I agree with you. It is crazy that a plane of that size has
      not been found. This has caused a lot of people to wonder what could have
      happened. It also didn’t help that because so little has been found and the
      news station needs to fill up the entire day. This has been very operant ever
      sense the plain crashed.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree. We can only speculate on how the plane disappeared. You’re also right when you say that there are to many conspiracy theories. However, I disagree when you say it was weird we can not find the black box. The Air France flight that went down off the coast of brazil a few years ago took 2 years to find its black box.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree, but every thing has flaws. Some theorists have said the plane could have broken up at 35,000 feet, spreading small pieces of wreckage into the sea that would be too difficult to spot. This would explain why we couldn’t find any large wreckage and would also explain the signals found. Although it could be something else this theory explains a lot.

      source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/theories-happened-missing-malaysia-flight/story?id=22954389

      http://www.voanews.com/content/searchers-hear-signals-consistent-with-missing-planes-black-boxes/1887679.html

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Ty,

      I agree that it is hard to comprehend how something of the planes size could just vanish. At the moment we don’t have any solid evidence, only speculations. As this article from discovery news suggests, there are several likely possibilities on what could have happened to lead to the plane disappearing such as a failed hijacking, terrorist attack, or pilot suicide. (http://news.discovery.com/human/malaysia-flight-mh370-5-likeliest-possibilities-1403181.htm) The thing is none of these seem to completely fit or make sense. This is why we need the whole world to contribute and piece together whatever information we have and continue to search for answers. All countries have different resources and perspectives and with this diversity we might be able to solve this mystery.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      yeah i see what you mean and i agree it is very weird the this massive plane can dispersed that is why people are making think up to try and explain what happened

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      It’s mind boggling how a plane could just disappear in the blink of an eye, but lets not jump to conclusions and blame someone, because we will not truly know until the black box and plane are found.

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    It is very important to get answers on why flight 370 disappeared because if it was just an accident then we need to know how, and if can help prevent this from ever happening again. If it so happens to be a high jack we would need to know ways to make sure we can keep all future flights safe. Even though only 239 people were on the plane, and that doesn’t affect our population by very much it affects all the families greatly, and it’s important that they get some closure. The media has helped a lot because then people will keep an eye out for any hints on the planes disappearance. The questions are things like, “If this is a hijack how many people are capable of doing this to another fight?”

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    The disappearance of flight 270 needs to be solved. It’s important to answer all the question the people have especially the questions the relatives of the passenger have. There are a lot of ideas on what happened. Some say this was the cause of hijackers, aliens, or just simply an accident. Most media channels are reporting about this as an accident. For example “On a 777 like this, it’s really not very easy to do at all. Airplanes have communications that’s both voice and text, kind of like your cellphone. And, I mean, those communications are pretty hardwired into the systems of a modern aircraft. I spoke to four commercial aviation pilots, two 777 pilots, and they said they had no idea how to turn these systems off.” Thats their explanation of what they think happened.

    http://www.npr.org/2014/03/14/290242398/the-difficulty-of-making-a-modern-airplane-disappear

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    It is important to find out what happened to the flight because the friends and family of the people on board want to know what happened to those close to them. Even the general public is very concerned for the people on the flight, and they want to know what happened. Many people are questioning the safety of the airline, and so if they don’t find out what happened, they could go out of business. If they find out what happened, they could maybe see if it was a mechanical flaw, and how to fix the problem so it doesn’t happen.

    I do believe that the media’s coverage is helping the search. Media coverage makes people want to know more, and it makes people question the ‘facts’. The more media coverage we have, the more people will be aware, and the more the search will be investigated. If people weren’t conceded, or were showing too much negative feedback on the story, the search could die off and no one would notice or care.

    Questions about the mystery:

    1. Q: Could this have been intentional?

    A: CNN says that the FBI hasn’t ruled it out, but it’s unlikely.

    2. Q: Was it a mechanical error?

    A: It would be hard to tell without recovering the plane or the black box first.

    3. Q: Couldn’t we have tracked the cell phones of the people onboard?

    A: Today News stated “Cell phones don’t work more than 2,000 feet above ground” Therefore the cell phones could not be tracked.

    4. Q: International Business Times points out that black box signals are transmitted for thirty days after being in the ocean, so why can’t we find these signals?

    There still is some hope into finding the plane, and the media is certainly helping. CNN says this isn’t the first plane that’s ever vanished. “In 2009, Air France Flight 447 crashed in the South Atlantic between Rio de Janeiro and Paris during turbulent weather conditions. It took four searches and almost two years before the bulk of the wreckage and majority of bodies were recovered. The voice and data recorders weren’t found on the ocean floor until May 2011.” The flight was found only two years later.

    Sources: http://www.today.com/news/cant-we-track-their-cell-phones-your-flight-370-questions-2D79402022

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/

    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/542902/20140312/conspiracy-theories-malaysian-airlines-mh370-sudden-disapperance.htm#.U0QwsK1dUrw

    • Matt Cleland

      I agree that it is important to figure out what happened to the missing 370 flight because people want to know what happened to their family members and what happened. Almost a month later the flight 3370 disappeared searchers found pulse signals in the Indian Ocean. I agree that it i important to figure out what happened to the missing 370 flight because people want to know what happened to their family members and what happened.

      Almost a month later the flight 3370 disappeared searchers found pulse signals in the Indian Ocean. Several people began searching 14 countries and at first they began looking through the South Ocean Sea near where the plane was last detected. The search area is spread to include the waters West of Malaysia.

      http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/03/world/malaysia-flight-map/

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      i agree that the plane need to be recovered so the people who lost there friends and family can have closure and peace, and give there family a proper burial or service.

  • alexm_3boydbence

    The missing 370 flight has left us all anxious in finding out what happened to the plane. It’s important to find out what happened so the families of the passengers can rest without having to worry about what possibly could have happened. The article up above states, ““Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this mystery,” said Tony Abbott the Prime Minister of Australia. What’s at stake, he added that “a whole lot of people who just want to solve the problem.” Therefore it’s just getting everyone anxious to find the answer. The media coverage does help the search because it brings more attention and they will be more motivated to find the plane. Questions like Why did the plane go off the charts? Are airplanes even safe to travel on from now on? How could a plane that big get lost?

  • Lawsonzper3boydbence

    The disappearance of flight 370 has a lot of repercussions.
    The first thing that happened was the media rushed it to see what really
    happened, but after the lead started to dry up they went to conspiracy
    theories. Now don’t get me wrong we do need to find out what happened so we can
    prepared and so we can’t fix some problems in this industry.

    To the question to whether the media helps the search they
    do but they can also hurt the search. A good example of this was when Boston
    was bombed. People went to the Internet and reviewed the tapes and said that
    they found the person when it was wrong. The person they said was later
    revealed to be a runner in the event and was helping others out of the event. But
    they also did end up finding the criminals and they also figured out where he
    was so they did a lot of good. Like wise in this event we have found places
    where the plane may have crashed due to hundreds of thousand’s of people
    scouring through satellite images.

    Now at this point we still don’t know much and
    because of this many people have created mysteries that have started to catch
    on. The big mystery to take away from this whole event is how is that we don’t have
    GPS and other technology’s to help us find the plain.

  • BDELPHIN

    At alexm_3boydbence
    Flight 370 is a huge deal. But what I think might have happened was that the
    terrorist that high jacked it flew it to the middle east somewhere and landed
    it. They killed all of the passages and I believe that they are going to try to
    smuggle a nuclear missile into the united states of America and detonate it
    somewhere around the capital or some major populated area. They are probably
    working very close with north Korea to get the techknowlgey for a nuclear
    weapon this would be devastating to our country and especially our people we
    would all suffer http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/03/17/malaysia-flight-landed-terrorist-plot-investigation/

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      BDELPHIN, I know it’s a possibility but it’s very un likely, because I don’t think terrorist have the money to get a nuclear missile. There are other theories that make a little more sense like for instance the flight could have caught on fire. This could be easily explained for the lose of communication and sudden turn, but it doesn’t explain why the plane choose the path that it did on the way back. I would suggest that you go to this website: http://abcnews.go.com/International/theories-happened-missing-malaysia-flight/story?id=22954389. It contains 5 theories that have good explanations.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      If terrorists were going to put a nuclear device in America with the help of north Korea, why wouldn’t north Korea just supply them with a unmarked passenger plane for them to use, instead of making them steal one causing a news event like this? While it is very possible that the plane did not fall on accident if it was terrorists they would not do this in such a “flashy” manner.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    I remember sitting on my Grandma’s couch listening to the news over Spring Break about the missing flight. I felt like it had happened before (9-11) but then they never found the plane. When they never found it, I got scared and anxious but the news over-covers the story. According to this article above, “24 hours cable news has covered the story almost non-stop”. It’s important to know of new findings and discoveries, but we need to limit it. The families deserve answers and we should know the facts but putting theories into everyone’s mind isn’t necessary. We all have an opinion and the news is for facts, not opinions.

  • ClaireG_4boydbence

    Finding Malaysian Flight 370 is crucial, mainly for the families and friends of the passengers. Discovering what happened to the flight and possibly rescuing passengers will help those close to passengers with closure and coming to terms with this tragic event. With that being said, the media’s coverage is important, however does not need to be non-stop. When new information has surfaced, the family members of the passengers should be contacted first, then the media can report the newest findings. Keeping everyone updated is important because several people are involved in this search, but it does not need to be 24/7. My main concern or question regarding the disappearance of Flight 370 is, what, if anything, is the government hiding? Not just the US government, but all the governments involved. Also, what are some conspiracy plans that hold a high likelihood of actually being the reason behind the disappearance? Lastly, why would this be a terrorist attack? Does the Malaysian or Chinese government have any enemies that would do such a thing?

    • Dustin Remiker

      I agree that the families of the passengers should be told the information before the news gets it because the families are involved more than the media is so that if they plane did crash some where the families will know if there families died instead of hearing it from the news if a few people only survived or if none survived the crash or what ever else could of happened to the family members on the plane also it makes it worse for the family because the media makes up theories about what happened to the plane the minute they don’t have a constant flow of information. We also don’t know what information the governments that are part of the Flight 370 disappearance are keeping from the public so one of the theories could be true about what happened to the plane.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I think it is very important to find answers to the
    mysterious disappearance of the plane. There were many people on that flight
    and their friends and family need some closure. Also we need to know what
    happened for sure, because if there was terrorism involved then we need to be
    prepared for anything that could happen. Another reason it is important to find
    the plane is because if we find out what happened to the plane, we could
    prevent things like this from happening in the future. The media coverage in
    this has certainly kept us all well aware of what is going on, maybe too aware. “The network has seen a huge ratings bump since the plane’s disappearance, growing 86
    percent among viewers aged 25 to 54, the Washington Post reports”
    (found on http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/19/is-malaysia-airlines-flight-370s-disappearance-getting-too-much-media ) The media keeps reporting the same thing over and over because they are getting more views. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great they are keeping us informed, but they need to focus more on the facts rather than what might have happened. By focusing on what could have happened they take us away from the facts, which in a way makes us know less because they are feeding us false information. Now we are just left wondering what truly did happen. Are the people still alive? Were there terrorist on the flight? Are we safe? Will we ever know? I have made a “News Report” over this topic that has many other peoples views, please go check it out! http://youtu.be/KWy9BzFEoog

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      I don’t think that terrorists would take a flight from Malaysia, especially not to target the U.S., given the distance that it would have to cover and the fuel that it would require would make it very difficult to use in an attack, and there are countries closer with the same level of security as Malaysia that could have been much easier to target. I do think that we owe it to the families to let them know what happened to the ones they love.

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    Really, asking the importance of knowing what happened to the flight is quite silly! Of course it’s important there were 239 people on that according to BBC news (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26503469). Now trying to say that finding the cause of death for almost 300 people isn’t important is also very silly! The media, though doing their job by keeping the public posted, is way over-covering the issue. They follow any lead that includes airplane parts or Malaysia. According to USNews (http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/19/is-malaysia-airlines-flight-370s-disappearance-getting-too-much-media), FOX news followed a story about a celebrity, Courtney Love who claimed to have found the plane on satellite photos. According to the same article stories about the missing boosted ratings by 86%. So don’t you think the media is just using this story to boost their ratings? With all the media and conspiracy theories about the plane, a lot of questions are raised. Questions like, “Was the plane high jacked?”, “Where are the remains of the people who were in the plane?”, “Is there any black box footage?”. All of these questions have yet to be answered with complete facts, mostly conspiracy theorists have answered these questions with ideas like aliens and sorts.

  • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

    i feel that finding this plane is important, but not because we need to find out what happened to it but so we can give closure the families who’s relative were on that plane. The cause of the crash, or kidnapping or whatever happened to the plane is not nearly as important to give the poor families hope or closure, not so we can argue conspiracies and blame onto people. The media is just focusing on the event because they know that they can exaggerate the event and start arguments and theories that just bring them money. “The network has seen a huge ratings bump since the plane’s disappearance, growing 86 percent among viewers aged 25 to 54, the Washington Post reports. Fox News pundit Bill O’Reily said of the missing plane coverage, “I know it’s ratings, obviously it’s ratings. People want to watch the mystery, but it’s now corrupting the news business.” O’Reily’s guest and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer added, “In the coverage, what annoys me is the way it’s become a game when actually it’s a terrible, terrible event.””
    It is very obvious that a story like this, especially with how controversial it is, is going to bring in ratings. But CNN is stretching this and expanding his out of proportion just to raise there ratings further.

  • 18cloc

    I believe that the media is doing all that they really can to cover all the information on flight 370. It’s really quite said what has happend, but they are trying and doing every thing they can. I feel like the media is now just repeating themselves on how everybody that was on bored is dead, the pings, and nothing found yet. It’s getting repetitive. I feel like the media should stop reporting the flight until they find good information with facts and what is really happening.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      I think that the media is doing all that it can and more. I believe that the media is over covering this disappearance sure it is 239 people, but usnews.com states this “The BBC’s coverage has brought more traffic to its site than any story science the Japanese tsunami.” http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/19/is-malaysia-airlines-flight-370s-disappearance-getting-too-much-media

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I agree with you. You make a good point by bringing up how repetitive
      it is. The repetitive part is a big problem because they have to fill up 24
      hours a day they end up bringing in “what if” and conspiracy theories. These stories are a big problem because it can make people believe and think things that are wrong and some times just made up. That is why they need to make sure to keep what they are reporting on task.

    • David_N_2

      I agree. I, myself, have seen it on the news more times than enough. Everyday it’s the same thing over and over, but there are families that want to keep a close watch on the news because they could have a loved one on that plane. Everyone who cares are always asking “What’s going on?”, “What is happening?”, “How’s everything right now?!”. People like them need to update and media is really helping, but soon, they might become tired of the same thing which makes it more important to find that plane and pronto! Finding this plane is crucial for the closure and information provided. Just a few days ago, CNN started to report the pings from 2 different areas and that ships are being sent to confirm the pings. Information like this helps keep those families sane and attentive, therefore I believe the media is doing an excellent job except for being a bit repetitive.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      The media is doing more than the should. They are scaring people, making families of passengers believe that their loved one(s) are dead. This keeps being repeated on the news because it is selling, people wanna watch and see if they are found because it’s being stuffed down our throats that they are dead. The media needs to calm down and not make information entertaining, they need to make it educating. I totally agree that the media should stop reporting it until they get good information on this.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      I agree that the media is really doing its best to try to cover what they know and keeping us up speed and yes they are repeating themselves because they haven’t found the plane so they have no more information.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      This is true that the media is being very repetitive with their newscasts. They are trying to give the world as much information as they can, but until they find some definitive information they need to stop reporting about it. Check out this website, it talks about how the media overloads us with all the media coverage.

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/20/is-it-really-news-cable-journos-squirm-over-flight-370-overload.html

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I can see what you mean but If we were to stop talking about it and getting constant updates we’d be upset that it isn’t getting enough attention. We need to have a constant reminder because this isn’t something that we should be forgetting about. I do agree that it is hard for the families of these people that were adored the plane to see and hear about this stuff. Let me just ask though, put yourself in there shoes wouldn’t you want to know every detail about what is happing to your family and friends that went missing.

  • 18rche

    It’s very important to find answers for this case of a missing airplane. I don’t think we should ever stop looking until we find an answer because the families and friends of the passengers need an answer. This is questioning the technology we have, and is it strong enough to ensure that this will never happen again? I think the news reporters should stop stressing that the people are dead, because it’s just making all the families sad, even though their not even positive about anything yet.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I agree with most of what you said. I think that each family deserves an answer to the whereabouts of their loved ones. There is a quote in the article that says “Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this mystery,” This is what I don’t agree with you about. I feel that this statement is true. I think people do care. Just because it isn’t their family or just because it isn’t an American flight doesn’t mean people don’t care. I feel like people care.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      18rche
      I agree with you. To add your post we can relate this to the
      Titanic. We did not stop looking for the ship even though we knew everyone was
      dead. Finding this missing plane will give families closure and answer unsolved
      questions. This quote from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-australia-will-not-give-up-quest-to-bring-flight-370-families-closure/
      states that they will not give up finding answers to this unsolved mystery. “We
      want to provide comfort to the families and we will not rest until answers are indeed
      found. In due time, we will provide a closure for this event.” In my opinion
      I do not think the media has helped the search. Even though the media is
      keeping families informed about the event, it is not helping them find the
      missing plane. Many questions still need to be answered and after finding the
      plane adjustments need to be made so it does not happen again.

    • Shane Myers

      It is important to find what happened to flight 370 because it will answer many questions. Also, it is important that we find what happened to the plane because the media will stop covering it. The media is great and all, but they can get annoying very quickly. Look at the picture. It’s a google search for flight 370. Most of the results are from famous media sites. Even NPR is in on the action on this story. And all the media coverage it’s self doesn’t really help the search much. It’s up to the people who view the coverage to help in some way or not.
      http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/

      • JTM_3boydbence

        I agree with you but i really don’t feel like it is that important for the U.S to need to find out. I don’t feel like that we need to go and spend money to find some thing that does not apply to us it is a Malaysia matter not US.

      • BellaP_3boydbence

        I agree with you, while the media is covering theories, they aren’t giving us defiant answers. If we keep searching for this plane it is very important that citizens keep are in the loop, with the right information. A quote from the article that stood out to me was “a whole lot of people who just want to solve the problem.” and I believe that, thats what everyone wants.

      • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

        I agree with you, the media can get very annoying when they can’t find something they might just make up random stories about the flight, and make different suspicions about other people that were on board.

      • SpencerH_4

        I agree at this point its just now to find out what happened so the media will stop making there own stories or predictions. thats the main reason now that i believe we need to find just to show people what the real story is and to wash away all the other crap.

      • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

        I agree with you. The media can become “annoying” if they are continually putting ideas and false hope into peoples minds. Instead of sharing things like conspiracy theories, they should be informing people on facts. When what they are saying is cut down, so should the time they spend covering the story. Instead of continually repeating the same thing, they should report further information, or just report that nothing has been discovered. If people are curious about conspiracy theories than they can use the internet, but things like that do not belong on the news.

      • JasminR_3BoydBence

        I don’t 100% agree you the media help the people be aware of
        what going, but also create a lot of mystery of the public. The media does not tell the full story. Not telling the full story leaves people with question, which lead to theory to what may have happened. “The human mind gravitates to trying to figure out some kind of agent or force that behind it all.”

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      18rche i agree we should find this plane and yes it’s very disrespectful for others to not care. Because what if it was them, I think they would want others to care so that they can live. So people need to learn that this is serous and need to wake up and start caring.

      http://www.npr.org/2014/03/14/290242398/the-difficulty-of-making-a-modern-airplane-disappear

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      Yes I agree the media coverage is a bit too much and doesn’t really help the search in any way. Covering stories of any thing mentioning Malaysian airplanes and they aren’t asking the right questions. According to http://intellihub.com/15-questions-flight-mh370-media-isnt-asking/ there are number of questions that the Malaysian press aren’t asking the U.S. government and intelligence. Some of the questions that are posed in the article are super obvious questions like, “How is it that no imagery of MH370 debris was forwarded to Malaysia, as this capability is not classified though other technologies might well remain classified?”. This question is in regards to the NROL-25 satellite that is armed with technologies that can see through the ground and identify bunkers. It is even able to see fists from hundreds of feet in the air.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      Finding the people of this flight should be our number one priority. The grieving families need to know wether to look forward to seeing their loved ones face and feel their embrace again or not. I believe that this is possible to happen again, like you said our technology is being questioned. Media needs to calm down, I couldn’t turn to a news station without this problem glaring at me. There is a possibility and we shouldn’t create theories that can worry people, we just need to focus on finding Flight370. We should look through the eyes of the families whose loved one is on this flight. If someone in my family was on this flight I wouldn’t stop looking and we should do the same for them.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree, we should find the plane to prevent this from happening again. We should also keep in mind that it could take a long time. It took crews 2 years to find the Air France black box recordings when that plane went down off the coast of Brazil. Lastly, like you said, the media should report what they know, not what they think. This will keep people from getting false hope.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      18rche,
      I agree with you that even though it’s not an American flight, it still is very important to find. We need to find the plane for the sake of the families of the passengers and for future references, so we can avoid this problem. Unfortunately, it might take a long time to find the plane. According to http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/ it took four search crews and 2 years to find the Air France Flight 447 that crashed in the South Atlantic between Rio de Janeiro and Paris.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      I agree we should keep looking for answer because it is very disrespectful to the families of the passengers of the plane. They deserve to know what happened on that flight to make it go off course and ultimately crash into the ocean. Now there are a lot of crazy theories going on right now, but I think that the most likely thing to happen was a hijacking or sabotaged by a member of the crew.

      This website states some of the theories:
      http://mashable.com/2014/04/08/malaysia-airlines-mh370-theories/

    • Brent_L_Per1

      Exactly, they aren’t just trying to find a missing plane, they’re trying to prevent future incidents. If we can figure out what did happen to the plane Boeing can look to find a solution unless it was user error. If it was human error than the airlines can set stricter standards or do whatever they can to prevent something so tragic from happening again.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I think we shouldn’t stop looking, unless we’ve been searching for a year or two. I agree we shouldn’t stop looking just because it isn’t our family. I also agree that the news reporters should stop stressing that the people are dead. That was ok to talk about when it first happened. Now, they should just inform us on anything that the searchers find out.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      18rche,
      I agree. If we cant find something with the modern advances we have now we should still continue looking and trying to find other ways to find the BIG plane. I think we all still want to know what happened and if they are okay.

      When stated, “I think it’s stupid when people think we should stop looking for it just because it isn’t your or your family. It isn’t because of the money, it’s because it’s not an American flight so people just don’t care.” If it were our plane, sure we would try a bit harder..But it is a bit harsh. YOou have to think of it like this: We are in debt and if we keep advancing and buying more and more technology? We will soon see ourselves in even more debt and not to mention stress. Its not that we don’t care, its that we might not have the money.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      18rche,

      I agree, the media should be careful on how they are presenting this story. We don’t know much for sure right now and the news needs to present the possibilities and theories as what they are. It can be easy to confuse facts and speculations, but it is critical to finding the plane that we do so. As Jim Clancy with CNN said, ” I’ve never covered a story like this one that had so few facts and so much speculation in so many different directions.” (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/05/world/asia/jim-clancy-flight-370/) He further explained they expected to find evidence and for the case to be resolved in 72 hours, it’s been a month. This does make me question the technology we have and question how we haven’t found any evidence. While America isn’t spending as much as other nations we still have invested some in finding the plane, this article from CBS states, “The U.S. Department of Defense allocated $4 million to help search for the missing Malaysian jetliner” (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-is-the-cost-of-the-search-for-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/)

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I think that these families deserve answers as well. Although I don’t think that this is showing a negative side on the quality and capability of our technology. We have amazing technology that is helping us track this plane.

      “The fact is all Boeing 777 commercial jets are packed with black box recorders that can survive any on-board explosion and it can transmit locator signals for at least 30 days after falling into the ocean. So, now the question is where is the black box of flight MH370?”
      http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/542902/20140312/conspiracy-theories-
      malaysian-airlines-mh370-sudden-disapperance.htm#.U0bFS-ZdX3H

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree we should keep looking for answers because its very frightening to not know what happened to your friends and family, we need the family to not live in a mystery. There are so many theories about what happened to this plane and it is scaring more and more families, we need to find a defiant answer.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      18rche,

      First off, I couldn’t agree more with some of the points you made. I agree that we should not stop searching for answers because we are not dealing with a plane that had some boxes on it, we are dealing with a plane holding 239 passengers. These people have friends and families that love them and yearn to know what happened to their loved one. No matter how long it takes, we need to continue to search for answers. I also agree that the media needs to tone down their reports. It has not yet been confirmed that the passengers are all dead, therefore they need to please stop saying that they are.

      You said, “I think it’s stupid when people think we should stop looking for it just because it isn’t your or your family. It isn’t because of the money, it’s because it’s not an American flight so people just don’t care.” I agree that it is insensitive that some people do not want to continue searching for the plane, however that is a matter of their personal preference, and we need to respect that. Keep in mind that our country is in pretty severe debt and if we continue to purchase new technology as every crisis occurs, who knows what will happen? But please do keep in mind that we need to be respectful of other’s personal opinions.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      18rche,

      I agree that the media has been rather insensitive about a lot of things regarding this issue. I found one thing on http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/hishammuddin-caught-in-social-media-storm-over-insensitive-mh370-tweet that talks about someone who was criticized for being insensitive. He has apologized but then, “…criticized other media organisations covering the missing plane story with tweets like: “there r (are) a lot of other media reports that are insensitive. Do they apologise? no. did it hurt the families’ feelings? yes. all of u quiet.””
      A lot of people are making a joke out of this serious issue. I think there’s nothing we can do to stop the community from this, but the media should know and should be held to a higher standard to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      In reply to 18rche,
      While I do think that we should keep looking, to what point should we look? That little black box may remain missing for decades. There have been several missing flights that weren’t found. (While I really do wish for closure. ) I also agree about your technology issue, but only in this case. As said in a BBC Infographic Article, GPS is currently unused in the
      “black boxes” carried by airplanes and could be part of why we can’t find it, since they run off battery power and die out in about a month. GPS could greatly increase our chances of finding these boxes. However, I don’t think that people don’t care. It’s all the media coverage that helps push these attitudes along that help negate the “Hey! This is bad!” reactions.

    • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

      18rche, I also agree that we should have faith in our technology. We have the technology to track a plane throughout its entire flight using the idea of streaming black box data in real time instead of just recording it as stated in an article from Wired magazine. This concept of streaming data from the black box in real time was released in markets in 2013. Most planes have 2 black boxes in them just in case one of them is to fail. Black boxes range in price from 10,000 to 15,000 dollars each, so its safe to say that black boxes are extremely extensive. Most air lines don’t want to spend the extra money on the newer black boxes that are more expensive.

      Link to the article here: http://www.wired.com/2011/06/ff_blackboxes/

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you that technology is our best friend in the attempt to find flight 370. We should have faith in our technology. We have the technology to track a plane throughout its entire flight using the idea of streaming black box data in real time instead of just recording it as stated in an article from Wired magazine.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree with you. Even though it’s not an American flight, it still is very important to find, because it’s still HUMANS on that plane, right? And like you said, the media should report everything they know, not what they think. We don’t want people getting false hope.Finding the people of this flight should be our number one priority.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      18rche , I agree with you that we should never stop looking for not only the crew and passengers aboard the plane but also to figure out what might have happened to the plane while it was flying . The families deserve an answer, they want to know what happened to their family. The media does keep stressing people to believe that the passengers and the crew are dead but we dont know that yet. Some people just say to give up that we never are going to find the people and the plane but they need to think that, what if this was their family member? Wouldn’t they want the search to be on going? It really doesn’t matter what airlines it was there were people from all around on that plane and we cant just give up or not care just because someone isn’t like us.

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree with you we need to keep looking until we find some type of evidence of what happened to them! Either finding the blackbox or something that can prove what happened to them. until we find it we need to keep looking and yes i also agree the news should stop saying there dead until we find something because yes it is most likely making the family sad.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree. Some people think that just because it was not an American flight means that is shouldn’t be a bother to us, but if this is not solved, what is going to stop other people from trying to do the same to an American plane, if it was in fact hijacked. This is affecting the entire world, not just Malaysia, so everyone should be aware of it.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. We shouldn’t give up on trying to find the plane, because there multiple reasons; the families need closure, technology issues, malfunctions, etc. The media is helping the coverage a bit, but not by much. I really liked your statement when you said people think we should stop looking for it. I, personally, would be anxious and furious because I would want to know too. Those people need to put themselves into the families shoes, because what if it was one of their friends or relatives who went missing?

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I definitely agree with everything you put down. The families need that closure, they need to know what happened to their loved ones. The media needs to step it down a notch, they’re making everything more complicated that it needs to be.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I 100% agree with you, in order to prevent or not let this happen again we need to find out what exactly happened. The only was we are going to know who what when where and why is if we narrow down what we have and go from there. We need to be taking this into baby steps.

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      After viewing your post, I have come to the conclusion to agree with you entirely. We need to answer question of where the plane went because it will give the families and friends of the flight answers. This is also questioning technology we have. It’s 2014! In the 80’s people thought we would have flying cars! But no, we have an AWOL plane!

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      This paragraph you’ve wrote 18rche is dead on. This isn’t only about what happened to the plane but what is it that caused it and if it was a mechanical error how do we fix it.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I agree entirely, as it would leave the families and friends of all the victims down-right outraged if they were left with a “idk” answer for the disappearance of the plane. Hopefully we will be able to track down the plane and find what happened.

    • Claire S 2

      Yes, those people who have lost someone due to this should at least know so they can either see them again, or give them a proper memorial. Leaving them hanging in terms of answers will just cause even more suffering, and who knows, it could even start some kind of riot.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I agree. Just because the plane is not from America does not mean that we should stop looking. It is the right thing to do to keep looking and never stop until we find them. The people that do not care would only care if it was their families, this seems selfish to me. There is hope and we need to keep looking.

    • Brandon Burlison

      I agree with you that it is very important to find this plane as you said just because its a Malaysian plane doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start to give up on the search

  • Lbateman_2boydbence

    It is important to find out what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 because 239 people disappeared. Was it terrorists, aliens, or something else. In my opinion the media’s coverage over this search is bringing up some crazy conspiracy theories that are making the families of the missing worried and concerned. One of many of these theories may be true, but most of them are not. This mysterious disappearance brings up many questions like should the airport security be even stricter than it already is or are we being invaded by aliens.

  • Guest

    It is important to find what happened to flight 370 because it will answer many questions. Some of these questions more obvious to ask than others, but here are some examples from a CNN article I found http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/ . One question I found interesting is “What do we know about the pilots?” I found this question interesting because it covers the pilots of the plane instead of the plane it’s self. Also, it is important that we find what happened to the plane because the media will stop covering it. The media is great and all, but they can get annoying very quickly. Look at the picture. It’s a google search for flight 370. Most of the results are from famous media sites. Even NPR is in on the action on this story. And all the media coverage it’s self doesn’t really help the search much. It’s up to the people who view the coverage to help in some way or not.

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    It is important to find what happened to flight 370 because it will answer many questions. Some of these questions more obvious to ask than others, but here are some examples from a CNN article I found http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/ . One question I found interesting is “What do we know about the pilots?” I found this question interesting because it covers the pilots of the plane instead of the plane it’s self. Also, it is important that we find what happened to the plane because the media will stop covering it. The media is great and all, but they can get annoying very quickly. Look at the link https://www.google.com/search?q=flight+370+questions&oq=flight+370&aqs=chrome.0.69i59l2j69i57j69i61.2927j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8#q=flight+370&safe=strict. It’s a google search for flight 370. Most of the results are from famous media sites. Even NPR is in on the action on this story. And all the media coverage it’s self doesn’t really help the search much. It’s up to the people who view the coverage to help in some way or not.

  • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

    The mysterious disappearance of flight 370 has awoken many questions, yet so few answers are given. “What really happened?” is the question a lot of us ask, but as of now no one knows. One of the reasons why it is so very important to find out what happened to flight 370 is to get closure. The aircraft was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations. Can you imagine how badly in pain the family and friends of those people are in? And as for media, I think it is doing a great job. Although, media doesn’t help with the search, it does inform people about what is currently happening to keep them informed. This mystery has raised SO many questions. What happened Terrorism? Did it crash? Are the people still alive? Aliens? Who knows.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    It is important that we find answers to what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, because in general we need to know what exactly happened to the plane, but also the passenger’s and crew’s family members are worrying and want answers. The media’s coverage helps by informing the people on the status of the search, but now the media is just over-covering Flight 370 to the point where people could careless. The mystery of flight 370 holds all to of conspiracy theories. Was it an Alien abduction? Lost in the Bermuda Triangle? Invisibility? Or weapon of unimaginable power?

    Flight 370 Conspiracy theories:
    http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/flight-mh370/58037/flight-mh370-conspiracy-theories-what-happened-missing-plane

  • Melody_M_2boydbence

    The Malaysian flight 370 took of on March 7th and hasn’t been seen since. The flight left from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China and took off at 12:41 AM with 239 passengers on board. The signals from the plane were lost at 8:11 AM and the plane was proclaimed lost. Many people have their thoughts were the plane went. Some think it could be the Bermuda Triangle or maybe a scam and some even think it might be aliens who took the plane. I think no matter what happened we need to find the plane because there are 239 passengers on that plane. They need to be helped and their family and friends want them home but there is so many questions. Are they alive? Will we ever find them? was it really aliens? Was it terrorism? All we need to do is continue to look for them because it might not be aliens and they still might be out there.

  • ariel kranz

    I think it’s important to find out what happened to the plane so this doesn’t happen again. I think the conspiracy theories are rude to people who have lost their loved ones because people are all like “ALIENS”. This raises the question how the heckie do you lose an entire plane? And Luke said I need a picture?

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      ariel, I agree how do you lose an entire plane without knowing it’s gone. Plus we need to find answers to this mysterious disappearance. But if you have more questions visit this link it will probably answer most of your answers.

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I completely agree with you. It is also crazy that we have
      no clue where the plain is. Because of this I feel that they should place GPS’s
      on the plains so we can find them when they go down. Other forms of
      transportation have already done this. Like in New York City all of the cabs have
      to have a tracker in them to make sure the driver isn’t going to the movies or
      robbed. It makes it to where it’s safer for those on board and the driver. This
      would be an easy change that could help us find out what happened.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I have to agree, if we don’t find out what happened to it, it could happen more times in the future. And yes, the media coverage is a bit too much and doesn’t really help the search in any way. Covering stories of any thing mentioning Malaysian airplanes and they aren’t asking the right questions. According to http://intellihub.com/15-questions-flight-mh370-media-isnt-asking/ there are number of questions that the Malaysian press aren’t asking the U.S. government and intelligence. Some of the questions that are posed in the article are super obvious questions like, “How is it that no imagery of MH370 debris was forwarded to Malaysia, as this capability is not classified though other technologies might well remain classified?”

    • Luke_A_Period3

      You’re right. The conspiracy theories have been rude to the families. They have given them false hope. Also, it is important to find the plane so we can keep a crash from happening again. Lastly, no I did not say that you needed a picture.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Ariel,
      I also think that the crazy conspiracy theories are rude to the families. They’re already upset about the missing plane, but these theories are just confusing them and the rest of us, and making us question about everything that happened before and during the flight. I found a website about 9 conspiracy theories that are thought to what happened to the flight. Some of the conspiracy theories seem rational, but others are a little out there. http://www.boston.com/news/source/2014/03/9_crazy_conspiracy_theories_about_malaysian_airlines_flight.html

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      People lose their car keys which are very important and you know where they are supposed to be. It takes time to find car keys in your own house, it’s possible that they might have a harder time finding a 209 foot aircraft in the entire Andaman Sea. That is how the heckie you lose an entire plane. And this is not the first.
      This link shows some ariel disappearances.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aerial_disappearances

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Ariel,
      I also think maybe if we used our technology better we could find it, a plane that size with that many people? SOmeone had to have seen it and isnt speaking up.. It is very rude for the theories to the families of the lost passengers because saying it was aliens? Do we even know anything about aliens?

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Ariel, I agree with you that it is very important to uncover what happened to the plane, however discovering this information does not mean it’ll never happen again. Some situations are completely out of our control, and a situation like this is one of them. Had we expected Flight 370 to disappear as it did, or any flight for that matter, we, internationally, would have been ready to handle this scenario immediately. However, that is not the case unfortunately. I also agree with you that some of the conspiracy theories, such as the example you provided, are inconsiderate and inappropriate, not only to the families but also to the situation. However, we are humans and we are curious and a little bit crazy, so it is natural for us to come up with theories of our own, especially when the information we have is so limited.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Ariel,
      I agree with you. Today I had a substitute in geometry who related the search for this plane to geometry and what we are currently learning. He also informed us that he himself used to fly planes. He told us that this had to have been the biggest search for and airplane in the past 50 years, and that it was the equivalent of a man walking the area of Virginia to find this box. I think we need to discover what happened to, like you said, prevent it from happening again. I think we should also try and make search equipment better in the chance this does happen again, better technology could help quicken the search. I agree that making a joke out of this incident is sort of insensitive, but that’s just human nature and nothing can prevent that.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I completely agree with you we must find answers or we are not going to know how to prevent these things from happening in the future. W need to take action and find out what truly has happened to flight 370.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you that we have to find flight 370, so this doesn’t happen again as you said in your post also, it would be also important that the loved ones they had lost in that flight which was lost. That is also a reason.

    • Lindsay Chen

      I agree with you, we should all be respectful to the died people. Also, the government should give us the details that they know instead of giving the attitude that trying to hide somethings and blame the faults on others. At last, Malaysia government should be thankful to other countries that helped finding the missing airline.

      • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

        I agree with you. We need to be thinking of the families who have lost their loved ones. If government does know something, why would they keep it a secret? I think they know more than what they’re telling us

      • andrea

        Being a wife of an airline captain I believe the SEARCH near Australia is a distraction tactic, while the plane is in North Korea,which is the same distance as Beijing was.This to avoid political confrontations.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    Its important
    that we find flight 370 because we need to know what had happened and if
    this was an accident then we need to know so that this problem won’t occur
    again. Therefore its cry important that we find out what happened so that
    the families who lost there loved ones can know what
    had happened. With the medias involvement its creates more question
    to the missing plane, but it also must bring sadness to the families to
    be reminded that their loved ones are gone and missing. From the introduction of the DoNow say’s “There are many
    theories as to what happened. And the media is playing a large role in
    exploring these theories as 24 hours cable news has covered the story almost
    non-stop. CNN and Fox News’ coverage has led to a larger TV audience. But some
    criticize the cable news channels for sensationalizing the mysterious
    disappearance of the airplane.” The questions that come to mind from this is what had happened to flight 370. Was this an accidence? Was this not an accident? these questions still remain until we find out.

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    The disappearance of this airline raised lots of questions like ” where is this plane?” or “What happened to this plane”. These are questions that need to be answered. Finding out what happened to this plane is wary important so we could know if it is the airlines fault or if it is terrorist attack.

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    The disappearance of flight 370 is a mystery that needs to be solved. It would give answers to the families and will help us fix this problem that may occur later. Many questions have risen because of this incident like if airport security could be improved, but these question pertain to a certain theory. Theories range from simple mechanical failure which can be prevented in future flights to aliens abducting the flight. You can find more information here: http://parade.condenast.com/271842/ashleighschmitz/5-theories-about-what-happened-to-missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/. I first found out about this information on the media, but the media presents us with a bunch of information so it gets confusing. I think it’s good that the media is involved, because thats how we get to stay in touch with this situation. However I think the media should sort out the information given to them so that we don’t get overwhelmed with information and get confused.

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    It’s important to find out exactly what happened to flight MH370 because the passengers’ families deserve to know what happened to the plane. There are so many different possibilities as to what could’ve happened. In the midst of all this, the media is making everyone including the families very worried by posting the small amount of facts discovered. According to Matthew Williams, “There are many theories as to what happened. And the media is playing a large role in exploring these theories as 24 hours cable news has covered the story almost non-stop. ” All these different theories attempt to answer different questions that people have. These questions include “How did this happen?” and “Was it intentional or not?”.

  • KayleeH_3BoydBence

    Answers, we need answers on what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight370. We are dealing with the lives of other human beings. Look at the person beside you, think about the people you love. Would you want answers of they were on a disappearing flight? It is important to get answers on this for the family and loved ones of the people on Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Media helps people around the world know about what is going on. It helps getting people to help with finding out where the plane it and what exactly happened. The media can take it too far though and frighten the people who are listening. Media is only good if it is educating and not necessarily entertaining.” (paragraph 3, sentence 3. http://www.npr.org/2014/03/14/290242398/the-difficulty-of-making-a-modern-airplane-disappear) Adding to the mystery comes news that the plane appears to have been in contact with a satellite for several hours after it vanished.” The mystery of Flight370 raises innumerable questions. Is flying safe? Is flying safe only when not going over the oceans to other countries? Are the people on the flight alive? Dead? Why did this happen? Mistake or plan? All these uncertainness are raided by this trauma, and with educated media and discovering the hidden location of where this flight is, maybe they can be answered.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    It is very important that we find out what happened to Malaysian Flight 370 so we can try and keep that from happening again. Now naturally there are several theories going around such as hijackers, black holes, cyberattack, illuminati, and of course aliens. No conspiracy theory is complete without aliens. Some people seem to think that it is okay that the flight disappeared, but the truth is it’s not. People died on this flight. These people had families and did not deserve to die. I think that the most likely thing to happen out of the theories is hijacking. It has happened before and I think it will happen again.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia_Airlines_Flight_370_conspiracy_theories

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    It is import an to find the missing airline, so people that lost their loved ones will be able to explain to their children that what happened. This is also important to find so we can find what happened to this plane and it will not happen again. Therefore its cry important that we find out what happened so that the families who lost there loved ones can know what had happened. With the medias involvement its creates more question to the missing plane, but it also must bring sadness to the families tobe reminded that their loved ones are gone and missing.

    • Dustin Remiker

      It is important that we find the plane so that we can try to find out what went wrong with the planes flight and why it went down. The families of the passengers also want closure for there missing family members because they are hoping that there family members are still alive somewhere safe. Because of the planes disappearance some people might not feel that it is safe to fly until the plane is found. If the plane was hijacked by terrorists they would have to be really smart to be able to disconnect the tracking device on the plane because pilot’s of planes just like flight 370 said that they don’t even know how to turn off the tracking device that is in the plane

      • CarlosR_3BoydBence

        I can agree with you and how you think it’s important to find out what happened, but one missing plane isn’t going to effect the safety of the thousands of daily flights. http://www.flixxy.com/scheduled-airline-flights-worldwide.htm The video i just linked here is a visual of how many flights are taking place in one day. Really, the importance of the flight is only in the missing lives of the almost 300 people who were in the plane. Also, it is important to find out where the plane is now. Even though I don’t like many of the conspiracy theories some are very much possible, and answer many of the questions posed by the incident. Questions like “Could the plane have been high jacked?”, “Is it not in the ocean, but in the middle east as predicted by analysts?” The biggest theory that answers the most questions would be the terrorist attack.

      • JohannaS_BoydBence2

        Dustin,
        I agree that finding the plane is important to a lot of families. I actually know someone who had relatives on the plane, and it’s especially difficult for them. However, I don’t want to detest the theory completely, but a quote from http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/opinion/bergen-flight-370-terrorism-role/ said “If this were a hijacking for political purposes, the hijacking would have been followed by an act designed to send a political message, such as the planes hijacked on 9/11 that were then flown into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Or there would be set of demands.(…) Or there would be a credible claim of responsibility.”

        So while it is still possible to be terrorists, no one has claimed their actions yet and no one (that we know of) like the article explained, had any reason for doing this. It’s still important to find it so that we can know for sure that this wasn’t terrorists that might’ve been using this plane for something on a larger scale or something thereof.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    Q: Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?
    A: We need to fid answers to why the plane crashed because if people do not know what happened, then they will not feel safe when flying. We have already seen this with the Malaysia Airlines Stock (Stock Code MAS). It was on a decline since February, but has dropped steeply since March 8th and is at an all time low.
    Q: Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search?
    A: The media is not helping or hurting the search. They are in fact hurting those who knew members of the plane, as with each passing story they write about a conspiracy or a possible way that their could be survivors, they are giving family members a false hope.
    Q: What questions does this mystery raise?
    A: The most obvious question that this mystery raises is what happened and why. However, it also raises questions about the safety of air travel and security.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    Its important to find the plane because we need closure.We as concerned citizens and even more the families of these people aboard the plane. Sadly because we have no closure we don’t know for sure of these people are still even alive.
    Is it possible that it heard a ping from the depths of the Indian Ocean?
    The hydrophone the Chinese used to detect the pulse is “designed for shallow water applications,” not for the deep water, said Thomas Altshuler of Teledyne Marine Systems, manufacturer of the hydrophone.
    “They are using it in a scenario outside of our normal operation,” he said.
    “It is possible, but it would be right at the edge of that detection (capability),” he said.

    source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/06/world/asia/mh370-black-box-pings/index.html?iref=allsearch

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    It’s very important to find out what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 because the passengers’ families need to know what happened to them. It’s upsetting and scary not knowing what happened to your loved ones on a missing plane. We also need to know what happened to the flight, so we can avoid this in the future. One theory is that the plane’s transponder was turned off or there was a power failure. Another one is that there was a problem with the windows or the door wasn’t closed properly, which causes “a freezing fog and giving crew members only seconds to don oxygen masks before becoming disoriented and then incapacitated” Both of these theories are from this CNN article, http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-questions/. If one of these theories were to be the cause of the missing plane, then we can avoid these problems for the future.

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    The disappearance of flight 370 is one of the biggest events in the media right now. 239 people are missing somewhere in the India ocean. According to CNN, American officials say the plane flew for hours after they lost connection. “It was scheduled to
    arrive in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. the same day, after a roughly 2,700-mile
    (4,350-kilometer) journey. But around 1:30 a.m., air traffic controllers in
    Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lost contact with the plane over the sea between
    Malaysia and Vietnam.” (http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/10/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-knowns-unknowns/) This is some of the only definite information on what happened to the plane. Experts say that the plane is probably somewhere in the bay of Bengal, but that is still a large area to search and the currents could have taken them by this point to many other locations.

    Like mentioned before, 239 people were aboard the plane. That’s 239 people who have friends and family worried about and missing them, 239 people who had lives to get back to. This alone should be enough reason to find out what happened to the flight. To provide some closure for their friends and family. Another reason to find out
    what happened to provide ways to keep situations like this from happening in
    the future. If we can learn what exactly happened that caused the plane to go
    missing we might be able to prevent a situation like this in the future.

    One way of finding the plane or something that can lead us to answers of what happened to it is raising awareness. Someone might know something valuable to the search but doesn’t speak up because they didn’t even know about the situation. One
    of the best ways to get the word out is media. Because of this it is very
    important that the media thoroughly covers the facts of what happened. I’m not
    opposed to them presenting conspiracy theories as long as they are presented as
    what they are, theories. These theories should not be confused with factual information. Presenting these theories as something they are not can only
    hurt the search efforts and cause confusion.

    Flight 370 is a huge mystery that raises many questions, many of which are hard to answer as of now. What caused the plane to lose connection? Where did the plane end up? Were terrorists involved? If so, what happened and who was behind it? Or as this article points out,
    “1) Was the plane
    ordered to turn back, if so who gave the order?

    2) Was the plane
    turned back manually or by remote control?

    3) If the latter,
    which country or countries have the technologies to execute such an
    operation?”

    The article also brings up the question of if the plane was loaded
    with weapons before take off and if china was the target. They also ask if so, why?
    (http://intellihub.com/15-questions-flight-mh370-media-isnt-asking/)

    All of these are legitimate and thought provoking questions that need to be answered, but unfortunately might not be. This is why it’s the job of the entire nation to
    contribute and help try and find this plane or at least some answers, as they
    could benefit us all in the future.

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    When this whole ordeal began and I heard about it, I thought it was crazy. How can an entire airplane be missing with no trace from any of the passengers or pilots? This is why it’s so important to find it. Because we don’t know where it is and what happened to it, tons of conspiracy theories have arisen. Some of them are a bit far fetched like the one claiming aliens took the plane, but others are totally feasible. One of the most popular is the theory that it was hijacked and the hijackers are planning some sort of attack. We won’t know for sure until we find the remains of the flight 370.
    I think the media’s coverage on this event helps and hurts at the same time. Too much coverage can lead people to become disinterested and groan every time they hear mention of it (CNN for example). However, it’s still important they inform everyone on any updates in the search or anything that happens.
    I think at this point it’s most important to just find the plane. There are conspiracy theories about everything, and this is no exception. It’s astonishing how nothing could be defiantly tracked. Once we find the plane, there might still be many unanswered questions. How did the plane crash if it did crash? I think the reason this is such a big deal, is because it’s such an oddity. The people searching for the box seem to be closing in, and I hope they discover the plane soon and put an end to terrorist and alien theories regarding the disappearance.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    It is very important to find out what happened to flight 370. People affected by this need closure, and I believe that they need to keep searching until they can give the families accurate and proven answers. Understanding what happened to flight 370 will allow all the airlines to be able to enforce security and make sure that they will know what to do if this happens again. The medias coverage is somewhat helping somewhat not. It is giving some families false hope. They are coming up with their own theories which some people families are believing, and when it is proven wrong they get mad. The media is having debates about this, bus are not considering everything as they talk. They are blaming whatever they want, like the pilot. Everyone is really curious. We want to know what happened. Was this plane hijacked? Did is crash? Or did it land

  • 18vmon

    I think finding the plane should be a top priority. With our technology we should be able to find the plane. The families and friend should be able to have closer if the people are I fact dead or not.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      I agree, but what happened to the plane was completely unnatural and the plane could be at the bottom of the ocean somewhere so that it would be very hard to find.

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree i think that we need to find that plane fast because there are a ton of people on it and I agree with our technology right now we should be able to find the plane and since we can its upsetting the families and we should know by now what happened to the flight.

  • 18tmon

    I think that this mystery does raise a lot of questions. It’s scary or even disturbing to know that in this day and age a plane could go missing for weeks. All the factors that go into this make it even more complicated. The cost of this huge search. The relationship between the countries involved. How the media has helped or harmed. With more and more questions popping up every day and time running out, people are starting to lose hope.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree that this mystery brings up a lot of questions. I would like to add to what you said about the plane just going missing is strange. Many people are saying that it’s impossible to lose the signal from the black box, but that;s not true. The area where the plane may have been lost is roughly 15,000 feet deep, and black box signal are only good for roughly 14,000.

  • 18jcol

    I think that it’s important to find out what happened because the people might still be alive so it wouldn’t be right to not help them if they’re alive and if they died I think the relatives need closure.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      18jcol i
      Agree it’s important to find out what out
      what happened to the plane “239 People On
      Board The Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight”
      239 people are missing from there families. The passengers families deserve an explanation on what happened to the people they love. We shouldn’t stop searching we should get more states involved until we get an answer”Malaysia and Australia are leading the search effort”
      “Many other countries, including the United States, are involved in the massive search.We need the more countries and states to be involved
      8jcol here is a link (http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/meet-a-few-of-the-239-people-on-board-the-vanished-malaysia)of some of the 18/239 passenger that are missing

  • ChristianH_2boydbence

    The disappearance of Flight MH370 in just a huge ball of unanswered questions. People don’t know what to think, a plane simply disappears over Gulf of Indonesia and supposedly falls into the Indian ocean, no more contact. It raises questions. People are asking how did this happen? Why was it my son? Who took my family away from me? Citizens of Malaysia are asking the questions they need to know, and the answers aren’t what they really need. Conspiracies like aliens took the plane or the government is holding back on us. They’re causing families to climb the ladder and go further, and it’s causing the government to to take steps further also. “We are a victims family from Beijing, we have been here for more than 10 days.”There are more than 20 of us here. They keep brushing us off, saying keep waiting and waiting for information. I don’t when we are going to wait till…it’s already been 12 days. My son where is my son.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hypNJm0Fl-c). These words rang out from a distraught mother at a Malaysian press conference. Moments after this event she was drug out by security and thrown into closed doors. “it was truly a heart breaking scream.” As reported by Atika Shubert. If we want to calm the people affected and keep events like this from happening again we need to find the answers to who and why this happened. If the government won’t answer these questions the media can at least help. Covering the story allows people to find the facts about why this happened and to hopefully inform them about their family. It can answer the questions the government can’t or won’t answer. But the media coverage isn’t constantly good either, even though it’s providing coverage too much can hurt the masses too.Having the constant reminder that your son is missing, or the fact that the governments aren’t cooperating, and that people just don’t know how. It fuels the theories stated before like a aliens or government coverups. We need to answer the questions of why and how in anyway possible to help the families and to end conspiracy.

  • Tanya

    I think that it’s important to find answers to the missing Malaysian airplane because if we don’t, then other airplanes could be taken too. Also, the airplane could be crashed or stranded somewhere. If that is the case, then we need to find it quickly before the passengers die. If someone did take it, we need to stop them before these people are killed, or before other airplanes are taken too.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I completely agree with you on the fact that it would help prevent it from happening again, although I have a few things to add. Not only would it help the Malaysian government from keeping it from happening, but it would also help the entire world. Extremists all around the world may be getting ideas and everyone needs to prepare for it. Finding out what happened will not only prepare but hopefully stop the extremists from doing it.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Very true, we need to find out what happened to this plane to prevent it from happening again and hopefully if the plane is still alive maybe we can save the passengers too.

  • KnowEl

    I believe that the media coverage and conspiracy theories can be upsetting and confusing. Yes, someone might find something credible and real, but actually getting that information to the right people is like trying to find a real piece of info in a pile of fake info and conspiracy theories. Pretty near impossible.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      I agree with you that some if not most of the conspiracy theories are upsetting and confusing. What I don’t get is why these weird theories need to be put on the news so that the families that have people that went missing on the plane worry. Was it aliens? We may never know.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      KnowEl,

      I agree. It’s fine for the media to to share some theories people has as long as they present them as theories and not factual information. Having said this, the media needs to focus on keeping the world updated with facts. As said in this article on the media’s coverage of the missing plane from Fox news, “It exploited the airliner story to manipulate viewership. It allowed charlatans to put forth preposterous theories, and that denigrated the entire journalism industry.”(http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/03/24/%E2%80%98embarrassing-irresponsible-dishonest%E2%80%99-o%E2%80%99reilly-slams-coverage-missing-flight-370)

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Very true, ever since this story came up some people think it would be funny to make fake stories and false leads. This is a very important topic to many families and they deserve to hear the truth not some lie some kids made up.

  • Pinya Colada

    We need answers for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 because there are so many families missing their loved ones. How would you feel if you lost a family memeber or a friend in an airplane that could be anywhere? Also, Malaysia Airlines could be keeping a lot of answers.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Pinya,
      I agree. We need the answers, soon. But perhaps maybe we don’t have enough resources to provide those answers. And it would be terrible t loose anyone on the plane, not just loved ones..It could’ve happened to anybody.

      It might not be just Malaysia keeping answers from us.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree, the families and friends should know what happened to their loved ones just so they don’t have to keep up with the mystery of it their whole life. Not knowing is one of the worst things that could possibly be done. At the end you say Malaysia Airline could be keeping a lot of answers, could these answers solve the conspiracy theories or make them grow? Like said in the article “Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this mystery,”

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I agree, several families and friends are missing their loved ones and want to know what happened to them. It is unfair to them not continue on with the search, no matter what or how long it might go on. I also agree that the Malaysian Airlines could be withholding information from the public. This could be the case with any or all parties involved in the search for Flight 370.

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree friends and families are missing their loved ones and they want to know what happened to them and were the plane went. We need to go on with the search of the plane so we can get those people back to their families and friends and I also think that the Malaysia Airlines could be keeping alot of things from us.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      I agree with you , there are so many families that are hurting not knowing where their loved ones are and if they will ever find them again. ” Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this mystery “. We need to find out what happened on that plane to cause it to disappear. Why did this happen? What could have caused this? I know that everyone has their own opinion and some may believe that they are dead and they could care less. But they need to realize what if they were on that plane and no one cared? What if someone they truly loved was on that plane? Would you hurt than? These families hurt everyday not knowing whats going to come next. If they will ever get to see the boy/girl they grew up with. The search needs to keep going as long as it take WE NEVER GIVE UP!

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree, the families need closure or at least some piece of info on what happened to their loved one. We need to figure out if the plane crashed or hopefully still alive with its passengers safe too. These questions are very important to these families and many demand that they be answered.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Pinya Colada I agree with you there are so many unanswered questions that need to be answer to give the passengers families closure.
      “239 people on board, disappeared”(http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-26544554) there are 239 people who dont know what happened to their loved ones we need to give theses families the closure so they can move on.

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      I disagree with the fact that Malaysia Airlines is keeping secrets. What good would it do for the airline? All it would do is get the name out to the world. That’s not a very good way because it will get people not to fly with them because people will have a fear of going missing. Although I do agree that we need to find answers fast.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree and disagree. We should definitely keep looking for the plane so we can give closure to the families of the 239 people on the plane. I don’t think that Malaysia Airlines is keeping secrets though. There are very few scenarios in which keeping secrets from the rest of the world could benefit them.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. The family members of the passengers and crew want closer on what happened. If we don’t find out what happened, they’ll have to live with un-solved answers for a long time.

  • Brent_L_Per1

    I think it’s important to understand what happened to the plane so we can prevent any future incidents. This is the most major incident that has ever occurred with a Boeing 777 so finding the black box can give us a hint as to what happened and how we can stop it from ever happening again. I think all the major media outlets are over reporting, it reminds me of the Boston Marathon bombing when news networks were stumbling all over themselves trying to get info out before their competitors, even reporting false information. It seems ridiculous to have constant coverage of it’s a long drawn out task to find a plane in the ocean. The disappearance is really drumming up a lot of confusing theories. Some saying god took the plane into heaven, some saying it was hijacked by North Korea. It’s all just insanity, coming up with crazy theories doesn’t help the searchers and what we really need to focus on is how to prevent a disaster of this scale from ever happening again.

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I think that it’s important to find out what happened to the plane so this doesn’t happen again. This isn’t the first time this has happened though. Their have been many ariel disasters, but we haven’t been able to stop it from happening again. Hopefully, we will find out what happened to the plane and not have this happen again.

    I don’t think that the media’s coverage is helping the search, but I don’t think that they are distracting the searchers either. The media is just informing us about what is happening. They are also giving us any new information that they find out.

    This website shows the different airplane disasters that occurred in the past. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aerial_disappearances

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    Finding answers on what happened on Malaysian Flight 370 is very important. The victims’ families deserve to know what happened to their loved ones and friends. As Cass Sunstein has said, there are many conspiracies concerning the missing plane. Who knows if the conspiracies are true? We can take safety measures in order for this not to happen again in the long run. There is nothing wrong with the media covering the story, but the media is starting to overly sensationalize the story for entertainment purposes.This is a very sensitive matter to the families of the victims. This raises many questions such as “Were there any malfunctions on the plane during the flight?” or “How could this have happened with all of our modern technology today?”.

  • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

    Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? Because in this day and age it is unbelievable that they cant find it with our modern technology
    Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? Its hard to know wether the media coverage is helping the search because there is so many opinions and conspiracies, who would we have to believe? Some of it sounds like propaganda
    What questions does this mystery raise? how could a plan this size just disappear? With this modern technology? Honestly, I just think one of the countries is not speaking up about having the plane..Who wants to steal a plane?

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    The disappearance of flight 370 is not only baffling to me, but millions across the world. The conspiracies that are being put out there into the media are not always right either. I do believe that the media could help us find this missing airplane, or any one for that matter, but it’s in our nature as humans to be curious. We love to hear the stories that are put out there, but do we ever really know if they are true? One conspiracy that I heard was that the pilot of 370 had planned for this to happen, that he flew the plane out into the middle of the ocean and crashed on purpose, but if that was someone in your family, or one of your friends would you like to believe it? One thing I’ve noticed that the media does is not help us, but helps us blame others.

    Another thing that the disappearance brings forward is many questions. “What happened to the Malaysian Airlines flight 370?” is just one of the many. Where is it? Was this planned? Did he do it? Did she do it? All these things are just hearsay. We cannot truly understand what happened to this plane until it is discovered.

  • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

    The passengers on Flight 370 boarded thinking that they were going to get to their final destination. That did not happen. Their families had no clue that they would never see their loved ones again. It is important for us to find the plane so that we can put the families worries to rest, and to find out if this was planned or if this was just a mechanical issue. That is one of the questions that was raised; was this planned? In the introduction it says, “There are many theories as to what happened.” One of those theories is that the plane was intentionally flown off course. Could this be true? I think we all want to know the answer to what has happened on that flight. The media has done a good job of keeping us informed, but I think that they aren;t giving us all the information. I was watching some videos about the flight, and I heard a lot of information that I had not heard on the news before. So, no I do not believe that the media’s coverage is helping the search.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    Its very important we figure out what happened to the plane so we can tell family and friends what happened to their loved ones and so we can prevent this from happening again. Its scary to be in a situation where you don’t know what happened to your family, where people are telling you that the plane got sucked into a black hole or they where captured my aliens and part of these scenarios are due to the media. Even though these are very far fetched scenarios people still do believe them. If I had to put myself in the families shoes I would want to know what happened to my family and I wouldn’t want people to be telling me things that aren’t true. Secondly, we need to find out what happened so we can prevent this from happening in the future. Once we figure out what went wrong we can fix that and hope that other flights don’t get caught in the same situation. Overall we need to find out what went wrong so we can inform the families and prevent this from happening again.
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    In the case of missing flight 370, it is important to find out what happened, if not to give closure to the families of the missing-possibly-dead people on the flight, but to help make sure this doesn’t happen again. As said in a BBC Infographic Article, GPS is currently unused in the “black boxes” carried by airplanes that record the trip or any malfunctions that occur, which could be part of why we can’t find it, along with it being battery powered which runs out in about a month. Media coverage does not help the searches. All it does is create unnecessary strife. We don’t know what happened! For all we know, it could have been a hijacking and people responsible have caught wind that it’s being publicly covered to the degree that it’s being covered and they’re lying low. However, disregarding my vivid imagination, with media coverage comes debates and theories. According to the podcast given to us in the article, “Conspiracy theories come from a sense of helplessness.” This is NOT OKAY. It degrades the incident and reduces it to no more then a joke! Sure, feel sad about it. But fact of the matter is that Area 51 is not hiding anything except maybe the occasional shocked jack-rabbit. I mean, come on. It’s just plan insensitive. But, we still have the question of what happened. We don’t know, and may not ever know. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to find out.

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    It is important to find out what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 so that we can make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s also important because people’s families were on that plane and they deserve to know what happened to their family members. Also the longer this goes unsolved the crazier the theories and publicity is going to get. Once we figure out what happened it will be a lot easier to keep it from happening again. I think the media’s coverage does and doesn’t help the search. In other words, it keeps people thinking about it, but it’s making the drama escalate by the day and isn’t going to stop until answers are found. Obviously this mystery is going to raise questions like what happened to the plane, or how was no data being transmitted, and how did the plane go under the radar. Then there’s other questions like did the plane turn back, if so why, was it terrorism, did the plane make an emergency landing somewhere. The article says “Could the plane have landed somewhere?”

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    I believe that we need to find answer to the flight 370 because we need to know who and what caused this, so that way in the future we can prevent things like these from happening again. I think that we need to know if this was an act of terrorism or a mess up with the plane and it could have been a crash. When events like these occur i think that whatever country it is from or wherever it originated from that they should be the most involved with the situation. On that same topic I think that the media should be on top of this the whole way through. There coverage and how much they provide for the people is very impotent. They musyt be up to date on this event and make sure that the information given to the people is valid and has a source. More people will watch the news than them actually seeing the search with there own eyes so it is crucial that the media stay up with the search and that they are given all of the latest news on Flight 370. I think that the most commonly asked question is that are the family’s on the flight going to be ok? I believe that the government should be taking full care of all of the family’s who had loved ones on booed of this flight. While the family still wait in there homes to hear form the news and other resources about there loved ones , the search continues to this day, i think they will not stop until something is found that proves on side or the other. In my opinion I think that we need to keep looking for the plane and we can not stop until we do. it is impotent that The Us can help out in some ways but the surrounding counties of where the ascendent happened is where they should be most involved.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      This picture goes along with my main response. This is an image of a woman posting an message on this wall along with hundreds and even thousands of notes the there loved ones on the flight 370.

  • John Jackson

    There are many superstitions about what happened to flight 370. Some are plausible, others… not so much.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree, at first it seemed like it might have been hijacked but now it doesn’t make sense. It wouldn’t just disappear, I feel that a lot the theories seem impossible now that so much time has passed.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    Its very important we find out what happened to the flight 370 so the passengers families can have closure of what happened to their love ones and so we can prevent this from happening again.
    The flight 370 disappeared from air traffic control screens when its signal stopped. “The signal went on for at least five and a half hours after the plane vanished off radar scope”(http://www.npr.org/2014/03/14/290242398/the-difficulty-of-making-a-modern-airplane-disappear)If we find out what happened we can work on building a stronger signal.So if we figure out what happened to the signal
    we can prevent it from happing again
    Malaysia and Australia are the top ones looking for the plane 370 and other countries, including the us (United States). There isn’t a single theory about what happened to the aircraft so we need to keep looking till we find the plane. it’s right for the families to know what happened to their loves ones.

  • taylor_w_2nd

    It is very important to find the Malaysian Airplane flight 370 because not only is an airplane missing, but also 239 people. These people may still be alive, but if they are not found immediately, they will not be able to survive. Making sure these people survive is extremely important because each and every one of those passengers has friends and families. These people have been worried about the flight and the well being of the people they love. These passengers may bust be another random group of 239 people to you, but to these friends and family, they are the world. To find answers on what happened to the flight will change everything for these people because flight 370 isn’t the first time something, or some one, went missing. The media is doing a great job at helping these loved ones, and anyone else who may be concerned, by helping spread the word of the missing flight and the progress in locating it. The whole situation has everyone strung out and full of questions. ‘Whats happening in the search?’ ‘Is anybody safe?’ How much longer till its all over?’ and other things like these float through everyones mind. For me, the real question is how can we help? What can we do? and How much longer till everyone else takes action with me. If my family was out there, I’d want everyone to help me, so I’m stepping up and helping them.

  • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

    It’s important to find answers on the mystery with this
    flight, so that we can help strengthen our technology in airplanes to prevent an
    event like this from ever happening again. The location transmitters need to be
    made so that a plane can be tracked throughout its flight. This technology is
    available, but many airlines don’t want to spend the extra money to make this
    work. In an article I found in wired magazine it states “Bombardier, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, when they
    announced in 2010 that their new CSeries narrow-body jets, scheduled to come to
    market in 2013, would be the first commercial airliners built with the capability
    to transmit telemetry data instead of merely recording it. The idea is to
    stream black box data in real time, either directly to a ground station or by
    satellite relay”, has come up with a solution to the location tracking.

    link to site: http://www.wired.com/2011/06/ff_blackboxes/

  • VIIVIIVC

    I think it’s really important to find answers of what happened to the missing plane, that way we can make sure this will never happen again. I don’t think the media’s coverage helps the search, it’s a bit too much and some of them are giving people a negative thought. The questions raises by this mystery are a lot, such as why they could’t reach the black box? Why the plane changed it’s original direction and went to another way? Why Malaysian government published the deserted of the missing plane but with out found any remains? Their are so many questions raises about this mystery.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree completely. We need to find answers to ensure prevention of this happening again. The media’s covering is somewhat helping, but I agree that it’s too much. They are starting to make the story for entertainment purposes instead, which is very inconsiderate towards the victim’s families.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I believe that when the news comes out, it is good that the news channels cover it all around. I also completely agree with the questions that you are asking. According to some polls people have been asking those same questions. I hope that the gov’t answer these questions for the world!

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      In reply to VIIVIIC,

      Hm. Good Point. Why did they change course? Well, who knows at this point. We can only speculate while media and the Internet spews a bunch of conspiracy theories and speculation. Media is good for bringing awareness but other than that there’s so much bias in the shows it’s sickening. As for negative thought, maybe sad thoughts for families but not really negative as far as I can tell. But, we can never fully prevent these things from happening fully. Technology comes with error once in a while, even if we were to provide full AI Intelligence to machines that make it all work out with most there will always be that one plane. Adding GPS to the boxes that they look for when trying to find a crash may help, maybe adding more power sources to the monitors that give off the signals the searchers are looking for. We can always improve on it somehow, but nothing is always foolproof.

    • David_N_2

      I can slightly agree with you. Of course incidents such as this one will happen again. It’s inevitable, but such incidents like these could help with the search of future incidents. Also, it’s obvious that the any ocean isn’t smooth and perfect. The water will have different layers of water. One layer could be a different temperature than the one surrounding it, and this causes the sound wave of the pings to be deflected. This explains why we have 2 different pings about 400 miles apart. Yes, there are many questions that have arose, but there’s always an explanation to them.

  • KikiP

    I think it is important to find out what actually happened to the Malaysian airplane. Because think about it, there is hundred of the relatives of those passengers are holding hopes, and if the airline company just said that the plane was destroyed in the Pacific Ocean without even found the debris that would make those people who are hold hopes heart broken. And I think at some point, it might be a conspiracy theory because there are so many mysteries and so many things that can not be explained appropriately.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Kiki,
      I agree we need to find out what actually happened to the Malaysian airplane. It is also true that finding out these family members are dead would be a massive heartbreak. Although this is true, I still believe media coverage is important and its a good thing that we have it. Without media coverage no one would know what is happening and therefore no one could help. If you knew someone on that plane, wouldn’t you want everyone possible to help?

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      It is important to find the plane because we need to know what happened to those people. It is good to find the people since, their families are worried sick about them. But what do mean by a conspiracy theory? Why would the gov’t hide these things.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with you; first off the plane has been confirmed to have plummeted in the Andaman Sea. Which is a part of the Indian Ocean, not the Pacific Ocean. Plus in my opinion I don’t think the families have hope anymore, it has been confirmed to have touched down in the Andaman Sea by many broadcasting networks. The only hopes that I would imagine are that the victim’s families have a body to bury. It’s the real world, and unfortunately hope just isn’t enough. That is why I disagree with you.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I think it’s important to find the plane not just for the sake of the people who need answers for the disappearances of their friends and family, but also because it could potentially help prevent a tragedy like this from happening again. While I doubt the conspiracy theories, I feel they are still a possibility, and we need to find out how this happened so it doesn’t happen again.

  • Erica Z

    I think is important to find an answer to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370,because people need to know the truth,and the families have the right to know what was happened to their relatives.Although the media’s coverage can not help to search,but it can let people know the news,because all the people take care about this accident.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Erica,
      I completely agree. We need to find this flight and the media is a source to provide information to the public. Spot on.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree, the families and friends of the people need to have their questions answered. The only way we will ever know what happened is through finding the plane, there isn’t enough information otherwise.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I somewhat agree with you, the media is crucial to the investigation and people everywhere. By informing the public and the victim’s families they become more mentally stable. They become less paranoid, and the only way they can learn about the search is by watching the news. Thus by not having the media cover the story, many people will continue to be paranoid and be mentally unhealthy. Plus the media can have valuable clues and information for search teams. By tipping search teams, they narrow down the range to look and make the investigation faster. The other day, early in the investigation I watched a CNN video on YouTube, it stated that the oceans current was a major factor. Moving at 2mph the aircraft could have potentially drifted an estimated 150 miles from the point it first met the sea. If this didn’t air I might not have even found this information myself, and I’m sure that many others were the same way. The media’s job is to inform people, I have been informed about this investigation, and many others have as well. This is why the media’s coverage can help, and that is why I do not concur with you.

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      I agree with you on the fact that we need to find the plane on the account of friends, families, and the media’s closure. The media is not helping, and they’re getting annoying about it and at least I want it to stop.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you completely. We need to know what happened to make the airplane go down, and if there’s more to it, we need to know what groups were involved. The families also need to see their lost friend or family member and be able to know if they’re still alive or not. I also understand what you mean with the media not helping the actual search, but they are helping by spreading the word and updating the public. I do have some additional information that I researched about the flight and the most recent news with it. It can be found in a link below.
      Prezi: http://prezi.com/occoxpcypymq/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree that we need to find it so we can provide for everybody, especially the families of the passengers. I don’t think we should continually have the news cover it though. Once the story and all of the facts are out there they should only give updates when new FACTS are discovered. They shouldn’t report on every dumb theory people have come up with.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you its important to find the answer to what happened to the malaysian Airlines flight 370. With out the answer it leaves people with question like was it taken by terrorist, or was it caused by a new Bermuda Triangle. There were even some conspiracy theory that claim that it was alien activity. People are wondering “why did it disappear” and “what is the reason for this” according to the podcast.

    • Brandon Burlison

      I agreed with you that it is important to find this flight for the families, because I would want to know where my family member is if they were missing and i think everyone is owed that.

  • Yvonne Zhang16

    In my opinion, i agree we need to find out what happened to the plane and prevent this doesn’t happen again in the future. It is goof for the visitor family member to accept the event. Let people get reassurance for the plane and the world, because the media coverage is a bit too much and doesn’t really help the search in any way. There are many problems about the plane and Malaysian government. Many different conspiracy theories happen every day. It depend what you believe and we cannot give up and lose confidence in the world.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      It is true that the media’s coverage does not actually help the search, but it informs the public. It is also true that the media is very repetitive and needs to slow down a bit.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Yvonne,
      I agree that it is important to find the plane and prevent this from happening again. It will allow the family to cope along with the world after this tragedy. On the other hand, i do not agree that the media is a bad thing. I believe that the media coverage is a good thing, allowing people to understand what is happening and progress being made.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you. I feel like this is a Malaysian matter and not of the US. I feel like if we go out and spend 4 million of finding a plane that is not even ours is our rages.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. The media coverage is not helping the search in any way. The media just informs us of what goes around the world.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with you, the media helps everyone. If families of the victims on flight MH370 were watching the news, it would make them more mentally stable than if we were not to show them the news. Plus the news can provided valuable tips from investigation teams, the other day early in the investigation I watched a CNN video on YouTube, it stated that the oceans current was a major factor. Moving at 2mph the aircraft could have potentially drifted an estimated 150 miles from the point it first met the sea. I would not have known that and I am sure that many others watching globally didn’t either. The media makes us feel comfortable, and potentially help search teams find flight MH370 faster. That is why I disagree with you.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree with you, we need to solve this case and see what cause this inside to happen. The only way we are going to prevent things like this from happening in the future is we get our answer now and the media need to keep letting the rest of the world know hoe the search is going.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree that we need to find out what happened to the plane, so we can prevent this from happening again. If we don’t find out what happened to the plane, then we won’t be sure if we can stop this from happening again.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Yvonne Zhang16 I agree we need find out what happened to the plane 370 so the passengers families have closure right now we have no answers. Even though Malaysia and Australia are the leader’s of the search that is going on.” Many other countries, including the United States, are involved in the massive search.”So as of now we need to keep looking for that plane 370

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree the media is covering this a bit to much and should be covering much more important topics. We should look more into finding out what caused it instead of making weird silly theories like aliens…

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I see what you’re saying with how we should find out what happened so that it doesn’t happen again, but seeing how the plane has already crashed, the family has to accept that the plane is missing. I feel that although the media coverage can get out of hand, overall it’s helping to update us on the status of the issue, and for now that’s the best we have. Below is a picture that proves my point. Also, until we find the plane and what went wrong, there shouldn’t be any attacks made on the Malaysian government or anything else. I understand your opinion and where you’re coming from, but there are other things which I don’t quite agree with.

    • Claire S 2

      Exactly. If we just leave this alone, what’ll we do if it happens again? It’ll just be the same thing over again. Only if we help this now can we really figure out what happened so the same issue won’t happen again.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I agree with most of what you said in your post. We should not stop until we find the plane and let people have closure on what has happened to their families. One thing that I do not agree with you is about the media. I believe that the media should do coverage on this situation because it makes people aware of whats going on and how important this really is. I do think that the media should only go so far with what they say and be careful to not spread false things about the Malaysian Airline Flight 370.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I completely 100% agree with you. The only way to know it won’t happen again is to find out what happened to flight 370 in the first place! Also, people shouldn’t come to their own theories that don’t actually have facts to back them up. It just leads to confusion and accusations.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. The family members more than likely want closer on what happened. Their are so many conspiracy theories and stories made up by the media and everyone, and that’s another reason why we need to find out what happened.

  • Olivia Zhu

    I agree that the most important thing for now is to find the airplane and confirm what happened to this plane. It makes people feel uncomfortable and worried that such a huge plane can disappear and can not find it for a month!!! How could people relieve if this plane haven’t been found? It seems like every farewell should be considered as the last one. Therefore, media’s coverage doesn’t provide practical assistance for the search. While it can make government recognize how serious it is and how enormous the power of the mass of the people it is. I really wonder why Malaysia doesn’t ask the US for assistance since it owns the most advanced technology in the world? It is just not responsible.

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree at this point its just important to find out what happened just to let the public know what happend to the plane. At this point we can all say there most likely dead because its been over a week and we cant find anything and we haven’t herd anything so most likely there dead… sorry to break it to them and everyone but thats the most possible outcome and now its just about finding out what happend.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you about how we need to find out what happen to the plane. But in all honesty it is not a matter for the US. It is not our plan not on our soil or in our our air space. So I think it is best if we just sit this one out and let 26 other countries have this one.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Families that have lost their loved ones on that plane need closure. People are curious on how you can lose such a large plane. The media makes everything more complicated than it needs to be.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree that finding out what happened is important. I don’t think that it is the most important thing that is happening right now. Their are other things out there that the news covers that is more important than this right now.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      While I think that this search isn’t the most important thing that media and news should cover. We should try to find out what caused it and possibly find a solution to it.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      In reply to Olivia Zhu,
      I must disagree about your statement. A missing plane, no matter how tragic, is slightly less needy of news than, say, a war or something. I do agree that the media does not help though. So many news stations are more biased toward one side of the fence and that side of the fence may or may not be the most truthful when it comes down to the cold, hard facts. Yes, it can help change for the better along and bring awareness to people halfway across the world, and Malaysia knows that we know, it may just be that they’re scared. Scared of what they’ll find, scared to know that something that could have been 100% preventable could have been prevented by them, by the airline, and scared of the guilt knowing so, because so matter what, good wishes can’t bring back the dead.

    • David_N_2

      That’s very true. When it comes to the lives of other people, what must me done to save those lives should be done first. Families are shedding so many tears it could fill up a lake. It is indeed a very large plane, and it’s disappearance is creating tension, but you must understand how small it is in comparison to the Southern Indian Ocean. The Southern Indian Ocean stretches from Antarctica to Asia. It’s really not surprising that no wreckage has been found because it could have drifted or is drifting to Antarctica or another landmass. Everything doesn’t quite seem to add up with all the information that has been collected which is causing people to come up with conspiracy theories. People believing in conspiracy theories without any fact or evidence could lead to dangerous actions. Finding the plane will ensure closure to families and either confirm or refute any conspiracy theories.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      In some ways I agree. I understand the importance, especially to those related to the people on the plane, of finding this plane. But first off, the government is fully aware of the situation, but most of their satellites can’t because, “Although… the U.S. has the best such imagery, many of its military satellites wouldn’t be tasked for such searches.” Also, it’s not Malaysia’s fault that the plane hasn’t been found yet or that the US hasn’t been contacted. There are at least three countries working on this already, and even though I greatly grieve for these people and their families, there are current events that are deemed more important in the government’s eyes.

      Satellites article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2014/03/15/satellites-unlikely-to-find-malaysia-airlines-boeing-777/

    • Claire S 2

      I agree with everything you’ve said, the media doesn’t really help much anymore, and we need closure on this issue, otherwise people will never even know what happened to their loved ones.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Olivia, I agree with you. This is an awful thing to happen and we should NOT give up no matter how long it takes. I know that if it was my family then I would be so scared, worried, and wonder if I would ever get to see them again. I am sure that the families of the people on the plane feel the same way as if I were to lose my family on a plane.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree that we shouldn’t give up. Finding this plane could help improve airline safety for everybody and will give closure to the families of the passengers. I also agree that the media coverage doesn’t really help. Its good to let people know about it. It doesn’t really help though.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, Olivia. How do we know that this isn’t the first of a chain of hijacks? There could be lots of people in danger, but the Malaysian government doesn’t seem to be doing enough, and the media certainly isn’t helping!

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. Something about having a mystery not solved is hard to deal with. And its also harsh on the family members of the passengers and crew. We want closure on the case, and that’s why its so important.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I dont completely agree with you according to podcast onnpr.org “the plane in contact with a statelite for several hour after it vanished”. Which this raised the theory that someone in intentionally turn of the system.

    • Brandon Burlison

      I agree with you olivia, it is the most important thing for the government to find the plane, and media coverage helps encourage the people to encourage the government to put more efforts into finding the plane

  • SpencerH_4

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  • SpencerH_4

    At this point its just important to find out what happened just to let the public know what happend to the plane. At this point we can all say there most likely dead because its been over a week and we cant find anything and we haven’t herd anything so most likely there dead. Sorry to break it to them and everyone but thats the most possible outcome and now its just about finding out what happend.we need to keep looking until we find some type of evidence of what happened to them! Either finding the blackbox or something that can prove what happened to them. we need to find out what happened also so we can give the media the real story.

  • JTM_3boydbence

    I feel like that the US has not need to join the search for flight 370. The resin for that is I as a taxpayer do not want 4 million of my money should be going to something that does not involve me. This did not happen on american soil or even is american air space and it was not even our problem this should be left up to the Malaysian government and the 26 other random countries that have decided to join the search. I really don’t feel that the media coverage is needed but it is a constitutional right therefore we have to let them do it. I really don’t believe at all in the theories that have been thrown out there but some of them are really funny.

  • Guest

    The
    importance of finding out what happened to this Flight 370 is critical for the
    Malaysian government so that they can prevent it from happening again. Whether
    this was a breach of security, a problem with the plane, etc., they need to
    learn and evaluate the situation to prevent it from happening again. Taking
    away the focus from the future and putting it on the present, there are 239
    families that are searching for answers on what has happened to their loved
    ones. There are MILLIONS of people scared if something similar could happen to
    them.

    Going off of this, I think that the media is not
    necessarily too involved, but that they are not sharing the correct information.
    News outlets are meant to share facts, not myths or conspiracy theories. They
    should be focusing more on what they know, not what they want to know. If this
    change was made, there would be a lot less to say, making the amount of
    coverage on this topic go down, pleasing the people who are tired of hearing
    about it. According to Peoplepress.org,
    the number of Americans watching the news or looking at it on the Internet is
    going up (which is shown in the chart below), and if we continue to show myths
    and conspiracy theories the more confused and twisted what “really happened”
    will become.

    This raises a lot of questions about what
    kind of holes there are in airport/airplane security, and are we ready for
    every possible scenario. Now obviously, it would be impossible for us to
    predict everything that is going to happen and what these people are going to
    come up with, but knowing this, how safe are we? I also think this raises the
    question of how safe international flying is. Should people be more aware of
    the dangers that come with it? I definitely think so.

  • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

    The
    importance of finding out what happened to this Flight 370 is critical for the
    Malaysian government so that they can prevent it from happening again. Whether
    this was a breach of security, a problem with the plane, etc., they need to
    learn and evaluate the situation to prevent it from happening again. Taking
    away the focus from the future and putting it on the present, there are 239
    families that are searching for answers on what has happened to their loved
    ones. There are MILLIONS of people scared if something similar could happen to
    them.

    Going off of this, I think that the media is not
    necessarily too involved, but that they are not sharing the correct information.
    News outlets are meant to share facts, not myths or conspiracy theories. They
    should be focusing more on what they know, not what they want to know. If this
    change was made, there would be a lot less to say, making the amount of
    coverage on this topic go down, pleasing the people who are tired of hearing
    about it. According to Peoplepress.org,
    the number of Americans watching the news or looking at it on the Internet is
    going up (which is shown in the chart below), and if we continue to show myths
    and conspiracy theories the more confused and twisted what “really happened”
    will become.

    This raises a lot of questions about what
    kind of holes there are in airport/airplane security, and are we ready for
    every possible scenario. Now obviously, it would be impossible for us to
    predict everything that is going to happen and what these people are going to
    come up with, but knowing this, how safe are we? I also think this raises the
    question of how safe international flying is. Should people be more aware of
    the dangers that come with it? I definitely think so.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    Ever since the disappearance of flight MH370,
    the world has been left scratching their heads wondering what happened. Many
    care about finding the aircraft, and others don’t. We all should care and
    respect the importance to find flight MH370. If we find out what happened to
    the plane, airlines around the globe can take whatever evidence of what went
    wrong is left and make it a priority to not make the same mistake. Finding the
    aircraft will only benefit our safety. A crucial part of this search is the
    media, the media may mention clues and theories that will give search teams a
    lead on the investigation. In fact when I was looking for evidence and
    conspiracies, I saw on a CNN YouTube video that the oceans current was a major
    factor. Moving at 2 miles an hour, when this video aired on live television the
    plane had moved an estimated 150 miles from it’s impact with the sea. This
    could help the investigators in their pursuit to find the aircraft faster, and
    have a less stressed time locating the plane. This unusual incident raises many
    questions. Was it an accident or on purpose? How did this happen? Was it human
    error or machine error? Unfortunately we are unable to answer these questions
    at the moment and may never be able to. As far as I’m concerned the only
    important question is “Where is flight MH370?”

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    About a month ago flight 370 went missing. Families were devastated that their loved ones were on that plane and that there’s a chance that they might not see them again. The social media blew up, there we’re a lot of accusations and theories about what happened. Hopefully within the next month or so we will have answers. Those families that lost their loved ones need closure. They need to know what happened so that they can rest in peace knowing what happened to them. We also need answers so that the social media can get the story that they have been longing for. I don’t think that the media is helping find flight 370. In my opinion its making it worse. They have no hard facts for the accusations they’ve made. All they are doing is causing trouble for everyone. The number question that is going around my house is ” Who is responsible for flight 370’s disappearance?” That question has not yet been answered, hopefully in a few months we will get that answer.

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    The importance to find flight 370 is that we need to figure out what happened with the flight and why it went off the grid. We need to answer these questions to prevent this from ever happening again to save future lives. The sudden disappearance can not happen again and raises many questions. The biggest question was what was going o in the plane? Was it hijacked? Did the plane malfunction? The only way to answer these questions is to find the plane’s black box, which is no where to be found raising another question of what major event caused people to die and no evidence of it ever happening. The media’s coverage is very beneficial to the nation for the reason that is keeps us, the nation, informed on what is happening and if any new leads about the disappearance of flight MH370.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    I think that it is important to find the plane. Not only because, we can give news to their families, but to find flaws in our systems. I also believe that when we find the flaws in our systems, it will make it less probable that this happens again.

    The media’s coverage of the missing plane doesn’t help the search at all. But it also doesn’t hurt the search in anyway. The media is there just to tell us what is going on in the world and help us understand it. As the graph depicts, the older age groups see the daily news or reads the newspaper. But, the younger generations tend to read more of the journals and magazines. I believe that of the media can convince the younger age group to watch the news, the media will be doing its job, by informing the people.

    I think that this raises a few questions. ‘How do we lose this plane?’ is the main question people have been asking. ‘With today’s aircraft safety, is it possible that terrorists have hijacked the plane?’ That question is the most concerning one of all. If the answer to that question is yes, what have those people that have hijacked the plane doing with the passengers, and where are they now?

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    I feel the reason it’s important to find answers to what happened to Flight 370 is because it could help prevent it from happening to other planes. It would be terrible if something like this were to happen again, especially seeing as how the families of the victims don’t even know what happened to their loved ones. Another thing that infuriates them is that the Media isn’t doing much other then restating what we already know, which seems to be increasingly annoying the families as they wait for answers as to what happened to their loved ones. Saying something we already know is just playing Captain Obvious and isn’t gonna help anyone. This also raises the question: what happened and could it be prevented? Only time will tell it seems.

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    It’s important that we find out what happened to the Malaysia flight because if we understand what went wrong as well as what we can do to fix it, we can stop it from happening again. Depending on if it was the Bermuda Triangle or an invisibility cloak or even aliens (all from a list of top conspiracy theories) in the future we can do our best to prevent events like this. Also sitting this next to what happened on 9/11, we had to find out why and what had happened so that we would be safer next time and the same thing applies today. With the question of if the media is helping this out, I feel that overall, news clips and articles help out the search. They do this by updating the public, like in a recent CBS article concerning the black box location. More information can be found below. And although that article may be genuine, there are others that may blow some details out of proportion or add some drama into the situation. Below is a Huffington Post article that instead of talking about what actually happened to the plane, it focuses more on the defense and attack of news coverage from CNN. Addressing the last prompt, the questions that this mystery raises are in a wide range. Some of them I listed in the beginning, but below there are 15 questions that apparently the media isn’t asking like, “Was the plane turned back manually or by remote control?…Was the plane weaponized?” Some of them are more relevant than others, but each could have the potential to lead us to the answer and the lost plane.

    Conspiracy theories: http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/flight-mh370/58037/flight-mh370-conspiracy-theories-what-happened-missing-plane
    CBS Black Box article: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-a-most-promising-lead-in-search-area/
    Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/cnn-flight-370-coverage-new-york-times_n_4985361.html
    Not asked questions: http://intellihub.com/15-questions-flight-mh370-media-isnt-asking/

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    It’s important to find out what happened to the Malaysian flight in many ways, from a software/hardware error a pilot error etc. It’s also under investigation to find out what happened to the plane and it’s passengers.
    I think that the medias coverage even if not right can help spread awareness to the people that may even volunteer to help search and raise awareness.
    This can raise many questions from what caused it? Hardware malfunction, Pilot error or even terrorists can come to mind when thought of losing a plane half the length of a football field.

  • Claire S 2

    The fact that over 200 people are missing should be an important enough reason as to why we should find this flight. That and once we figure out what’s happened to the passengers, we can understand what happened and why so that it can be fixed, and so it won’t happen in the future.

    The media’s coverage is both helpful and harmful. While it is good for publicity and letting people know so that if, by chance, they see anything they can report it, it also can be harmful by, technically, rubbing salt in the wounds of those who are missing a relative, and even muddling what we know so far and causing havoc in terms of what everyone believes.

    There are a lot of questions. Some may be asked all the time, while others haven’t been asked at all, and this is rather problematic as the questions we really should be asking are very important. There’s even an article on questions that would be very helpful to be answered, but for some reason, nobody’s asking them. You can find that article here: http://intellihub.com/15-questions-flight-mh370-media-isnt-asking/

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I don’t think that we should trust the media to get the word out. The word they get out is the one that makes a better story- whether it is true or not. The government should be the one’s to inform people about the situation, not the media.

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    The Malaysian Airline Flight 370 disappeared about one month ago. The whole world is watching as people are eagerly trying to find flight 370. Here is a quote from CBS News,”If confirmed, the signal would further narrow the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished on March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard.” There are many important reasons to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. The main reason is that so people can have closure on the situation. Especially those who have family members or relatives on the plane. The families NEED to know what has happened to their loved ones. It is a very scary thing to not know where a plane has gone and even scarier for those who know people on the plane. Another reason on why it is important to find answers is so that other airlines know how to not make this same mistake. This situation could cause the Malaysian airlines to go bankrupt. I am sure that other airlines are taking very close observations on what to do so this will not happen to them.

    I do not think that the media’s coverage is helping in the long run. Yes, it is good to be aware on what is happening in our world, but there comes a point when it is no longer needed. The media has been saying that they are very close to finding the plane or they have detected a large mass on the satellites. Here is a quote from CBS News, “This morning search crews looking for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 picked up another possible underwater signal. It was detected in the same area as four other signals that may have come from the planes data recorders. Those possible pins are helping ships and planes narrow their focus…” Then later on they find out that they have not really found the plane. These kinds of things give people a little bit relief when they hear it, but in reality they are just being lied to. The Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 situation has been going on for about a month now. I believe that if the media wants to say anything more about the subject then they should wait until they know that the information is accurate.

    This mystery raises many questions. Many questions and conspiracies that I have been hearing are: Did the plane catch on fire? Did the plane get sucked into the Bermuda Triangle? Did aliens in UFOs suck them into space? Here are some of my questions: Did terrorists hijack the plane? Did the plane crash into the oceans or on land? Did the pilot purposely redirect the route in plans for something else?

    Here is a link to an interview I made about the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: http://youtu.be/CwOeSQDA5kk

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    It is important to find to out answers about what happen to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, because it provides closure for family members. finding out the answer to what happened to the fight because it keep people from having conspiracies. People want an answers so they create theories and conspiracies.”The human mind gravitates to trying to figure out some kind of agent or force that behind it all.” The media coverage helps inform the people what’s happening, but also creates a lot of mystery of the public. The media only tells us what they think we need to know a . it leaves people with question like was it taken by terrorist, or was it caused by a new prytia triangle. There were even some conspiracy theory that claim that it was alien active. People are wondering “why did it disappear” and “what is the reason for this” according to the podcast. The search for the plane now stretches from the gulf of thailand to the Andaman Sea. According to podcast on npr.org “the plane in contact with a statelite for several hour after it vanished”. Which this raised the theory that someone in intentionally turn of the system.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    I think we should continue to look for the flight out of respect for the families of the passengers and so we know what went wrong and how we can possibly prevent it in the future. I don’t think the media coverage really helps. It for the most part isn’t doing harm, but I think they should stop covering impossible theories such as black holes. They should only cover the facts. I think the fact that we could just completely lose a flight raises the question of how safe our planes actually are. How carefully are they tracking the location of our planes if we could just have no idea where one went.

  • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

    It is important to find out what happened to the passengers of flight 370 because what if this is about more than just one plane? What if there is more than one person waitiing to hijack another plane? There are also the families of the 239 passengers who want to know what happened to their loved ones. Anyhow, the news media companies like Fox are not helping the situation. I think drives people to false assumptions, and that is when chaos occurs.

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    It’s important that we find out what happened to the Malaysia flight because if we understand what went wrong as well as what we can do to fix it, we can stop it from happening again. Depending on if it was the Bermuda Triangle or an invisibility cloak or even aliens (all from a list of top conspiracy theories) in the future we can do our best to prevent events like this. Also sitting this next to what happened on 9/11, we had to find out why and what had happened so that we would be safer next time and the same thing applies today. With the question of if the media is helping this out, I feel that overall, news clips and articles help out the search. They do this by updating the public, like in a recent CBS article concerning the black box location. More information can be found below. And although that article may be genuine, there are others that may blow some details out of proportion or add some drama into the situation. Below is a Huffington Post article that instead of talking about what actually happened to the plane, it focuses more on the defense and attack of news coverage from CNN. Addressing the last prompt, the questions that this mystery raises are in a wide range. Some of them I listed in the beginning, but below there are 15 questions that apparently the media isn’t asking like, “Was the plane turned back manually or by remote control?…Was the plane weaponized?” Some of them are more relevant than others, but each could have the potential to lead us to the answer and the lost plane. Also below is a Prezi with a sum up of what the Malaysia flight it and what has happened so far. There’s been a lot found, but there’s still a lot more to find out.

    Conspiracy theories: http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/flight-mh370/58037/flight-mh370-conspiracy-theories-what-happened-missing-plane
    CBS Black Box article: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-a-most-promising-lead-in-search-area/
    Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/cnn-flight-370-coverage-new-york-times_n_4985361.html
    Not asked questions: http://intellihub.com/15-questions-flight-mh370-media-isnt-asking/
    Prezi: http://prezi.com/occoxpcypymq/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    Its important to find answers to the missing flight because this could be a machine failure. Machines aren’t perfect and often can fail and create terrible disasters. If we find out what happened to this plane and why it crashed this could save lives in the future.

    The media sometimes over cover stories and i think thats whats happening now. Lots of people say that they tune out this story because they hear it a lot. But the media should still cover it because it raises awareness. The more people who know, the higher chance that people will find it. This goes the same about any news. The reason we broad cast it is so that people hear and people can help.
    When people have little to no info about something questions and assumptions come up. Some of these could be like. Is it a machine failure? Was it caused by terrorist and is there another attack being planned? This is human nature to ask questions and be concerned but we need answers for everyone and especially the grieving loved ones.

  • Brandon Burlison

    I think it is important to find flight 370 and what happened to it, this sort of thing doesn’t happen everyday the government should be putting forth all of their efforts to find the flight and give the information to the families that are going through a struggle right now due to a loss and it is not right to hold back that information

    • http://otakubosschick.tumblr.com/ JulieB_2_BenceBoyd

      Brandon Burlison said,” I think it is important to find flight 370 and what happened to it, this sort of thing doesn’t happen everyday the government should be putting forth all of their efforts to find the flight and give the information to the families that are going through a struggle right now due to a loss and it is not right to hold back that information”.
      While that is important, there are also several other countries involved helping searching for flight 370 like China and Australia. Also as of Saturday the 13th of April they have lowered the search area to about 6000 to 8000 miles which is a significant decrease.

  • Sierra Spring

    I thought I read or heard somewhere that the plane crashed in water, because the pilot was very careless when it came to him checking the vitals; I could be mistaken. If not, then I would think that this airplane was taken over somehow, because it’s a big machine. The airplane shouldn’t be too hard to find if we look at where it was going, but if what I previously read was correct, then they found it in the Indian ocean with no survivors going the completely wrong direction.

  • Dustin Remiker

    I feel that we need to find the plain so that we can figure out what is wrong with the plane and why it vanished with out any trace to were it. If the plain would of crashed there would of been parts of the plain on the surface of the water so we would know to find it but making up theory’s for what happened to the plane.

  • k fredericksen

    I’m a little stumped about the LACK OF information and analysis on one, I think, very important aspect of this investigation; and I’m hoping there may be someone on here with some real aviation knowledge that might be of help. My question deals with the fact, to my knowledge, that not one piece of debris from this plane has been found anywhere in the world. That may not have meant much early on, but 6 weeks out that seems to suggest that there was no debris, or very little from the plane when and where it (presumably) entered the ocean. I say that because said debris would have spread far and wide by this time and it seems nearly impossible that none has been sighted or washed up on beach somewhere.

    The significance of this to me is that of the two most considered scenarios – some type of mechanical failure vs. deliberate act – this fact seems to strongly favor deliberate act if my assumptions are correct. Much speculation has occurred in the media about both of these scenarios and how they might have affected passengers and crew if this was a mechanical failure, i.e. did the cabin accidentally or intentionally depressurize killing the occupants quickly or were they all alive through the remainder of the trip before it appears to have entered the ocean somewhere west of Australia.

    If this was a mechanical failure that caused the plane to fly essentially uncontrolled for hours at a fixed altitude until it ran out of fuel hours later, and then fell into the ocean, that fall and contact with the water would be fueled by gravity, seemingly a very violent collision that caused the plane to break up at that point and leave a lot of debris on the water to be found somewhere by now? However, if a deliberate act where the plane was flown by someone until it ran out of fuel and the pilot is still alive, then it seems the pilot could manipulate the controls and glide the plane into the water in sort of a landing where it made it into the water intact, and then filled with water and sank – with little or no debris? Such a water glided landing would tricky to say the least, from what I know, but not impossible, especially if all power to the engines (and many other systems?) had been lost; but likely there were warnings advising there were only minutes of fuel left and the plane could have been maneuvered into the water just before the fuel ran out.

    If I’m correct in these assumptions, then the lack of debris seems to strongly favor intentional act in my opinion.

  • andrea

    the PINGS could be tracing devices on whales,orcas etc. and therefor the PINGS are moving.