Remembering MH370, eight years on

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KUALA LUMPUR, 8 March: Today’s date, the 8th of March marks the eight-year anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing from the Beijing-bound flight from Kuala Lumpur.

To this day, the disappearance remains one of the world’s biggest mystery, leaving the whole world clueless.

Former Director-General of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department (DCA), Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the early hours of March 8th, 2014 still haunts him to this date.

Eight years have passed, yet many questions on the mysterious disappearance of MH370 are still left unanswered.

Families of the 239 flight crew and passengers of the missing aircraft are still waiting for an answer to their tragic losses.

The discovery of debris near the waters Southwest of the African coast, believed to be from MH370’s wings and fuselage raises questions on how the aircraft could deviate far from its original intended course.

Sharing his experience of handling the largest tragedy in the history of aviation, Azharuddin said the loss of MH370 was a bitter experience and the memory still scarred him to this date.

“In the early morning of March 8, I woke up in the morning to perform my prayers and I found that I received many missed calls and texts saying that a plane went missing. How can an aircraft be missing? I could not read all the text from our officers saying that we have lost an aircraft that flew from KL to Beijing,

I was supposed to attend a wedding that morning. It is a huge and tragic incident so I went straight to Sama-Sama Hotel for the first press conference,” Azharuddin said.

He added that the first press conference at Sama-Sama Hotel on March 8th, 2014 is still fresh in his memories, with hundreds of officials and media gathered at the hotel’s auditorium.

“When I entered the auditorium of Sama-Sama Hotel, my heart was pounding. Hundreds of media personnel with their cameras gathered. I even have forgotten what I initially intended to say regarding the disappearance of the aircraft,” he expressed.

Various conspiracy theories flooded the web claiming to know the reason behind the missing aircraft MH370.

Multiple efforts and theories have been presented to track the Malaysian aircaft, but to this day, to no avail.

The last words of the captain of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, saying “Good night, Malaysian three seven zero” are still clear in the mind of Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman as it was the last known communication coming from the missing plane.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from radar on 8 March 2014 while on a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China with 239 passengers on board. – TVS

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