March 29, 2023
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MH370: The Plane That Disappeared: Documentary on Netflix in 8 March

In 2014 a plane with 239 passengers disappears from all radars. This documentary series delves into one of the greatest modern mysteries: flight MH370.

What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? “Someone knows the answer, the question is who.”

That claim is made in a brand new trailer for MH370: The Plane That Disappeared, a new Netflix documentary that examines the plane’s 2014 disappearance, a still-unsolved mystery.

The Boeing 777, carrying 239 people, disappeared over the South China Sea on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia to the flight’s scheduled destination, Beijing International Airport, in China.

Directed by Louise Malkinson, the film MH370: The Plane That Disappeared will explore some of the biggest questions — many of which remain unanswered — surrounding the plane’s disappearance, according to a Netflix press release.

The series – which premieres on March 8, the nine-year anniversary of the plane’s disappearance – will also explore three of the “most controversial theories” about the flight through interviews with family members, scientists, journalists and others determined to find answers .

Malkinson, a 15-year veteran of observational documentaries, says the MH370 case is “one of the most complex stories” she has ever come across.

“The deeper you go the more the story spirals. It’s brilliant,” he says in comments included in Netflix’s press release for the film, which is as much about what experts don’t know as what they do know.

The mysterious disappearance of flight MH370

The plane lost contact with the control center less than an hour after takeoff without sending a distress signal, Malaysian Airlines said, according to the BBC.
Officials said the plane’s transponder was disabled over the South China Sea shortly after a person – believed to be the pilot or co-pilot – said “goodnight Malaysian three seven zero”, according to the report.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the missing plane was last seen over the southern Indian Ocean, far from possible landing sites.

In August 2015, a 10-foot-long piece of debris was found off the coast of Reunion Island, a French territory east of Madagascar.

Prime Minister Razak later said the fragment – believed to be part of a wing – came from the missing Boeing 777, but officials from the United States and France disputed this.

The apparent discovery is examined in the Netflix documentary. “There are no other missing 777s in the Indian Ocean, so experts believe it could only be from flight MH370,” reads the description of the film’s third episode. “But MH370 relatives and journalists are divided. Some believe that the wing is from the aircraft, but those who are more wary of the authorities are not convinced.”

The Netflix documentary tries to shed light on the mystery

Questions about the plane’s true fate are part of what’s fueling the fire of the upcoming Netflix documentary.

“MH370 was an aircraft, 200 feet long, with 239 people on board. How on earth does something like this just disappear?” asks series producer Harry Hewland in the press release. “And, even worse, remain missing for nine years? How is that possible? That’s one of the questions that makes it so exciting for me.”

Another theme explored in the documentary is the “trauma” suffered by family members who lost loved ones on the flight. Some of them appear in the film.

“There were so many nationalities on that plane. I think we’re really, really proud of the people who have chosen to talk to us, as they’re a real crossroads of the MH370 community,” says Malkinson. “Some of them are veteran representatives now, unfortunately, but they speak with such passion. All of us felt from the beginning that it was our duty to do justice to these people in this order.”

“People want to keep talking about it,” the director adds in the press release. “Families want a platform where they can say, ‘Come on, it’s been nine years. They were all in this together.'”

Both Hewland and Malkinson agree that there are answers to outstanding questions about the mystery of flight MH370, but they have yet to be revealed.

“More than anything, we want to bring out the hidden truths about flight MH370 and remind the world that this is still a never-ending story, an unsolved mystery, that someone out there knows more than the world has been told. says Hewland. “And if we can raise the profile of the story again and amplify, even by a decibel or two, the clamor for further investigation, we will have done something useful.”

Is MH370 still being searched for?

As Episode 3 of MH370: The Plane That Disappears explores, the answer to that question is just as complicated as the mystery itself. After 16 months of fruitless searching, a large section of a plane wing washed up on the shore off the East African Coast. Experts and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed the wreckage was from MH370, but some journalists and family members are skeptical for reasons explored in the docuseries. In the meantime, they’re still searching for answers. 

The documentary “MH370: The Plane That Disappeared” premieres March 8 on Netflix.