Despite assurances from Malaysia and Australia that the search will continue for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the lack of significant leads after almost seven weeks are leading many to ask: What if the jetliner that disappeared over the southern Indian Ocean is never found?
At the start of the massive international search effort, such a question would not have even crossed the mind of investigators and the public. But as days pass, it has become an unwelcoming possibility.
Here, global news network CNN takes a look at what happens if the plane carrying 239 passengers and crew is never found.
1. It will go down as one of the world’s most enduring mysteries
The disappearance of flight MH370 would rank right up there with Amelia Earhart. The story of the daring female pilot who disappeared after embarking on the first around-the-world flight at the Equator in June 1937 has intrigued millions for years.
A search never found any trace of her, navigator Frederick Noonan or their plane. Some believe they ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea – similar to one theory of what happened to the Malaysia Airlines plane, said CNN.
Then there’s the Bermuda triangle.
Many ships, planes and people have disappeared in this section of the Atlantic Ocean – a “triangle” marked by the points of Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
US officials cite hurricanes, sudden storms, the powerful Gulf Stream and shallow Caribbean waters as reasonable explanations for the lost vessels.
But so far, there’s been no explanation for flight MH370′s disappearance, said CNN.
Of course, not all mysteries last forever. Continue reading