Netflix just put out a new documentary series that looks into what it calls the “great modern mystery” of a commercial plane that disappeared in the middle of a flight. In March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, when it went off the radar shortly after takeoff.
The plane went off course and is believed to have crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Now that it’s been nine years since the plane went missing, the Netflix show MH370: The Plane That Disappeared talks about what happened and some of the theories about what happened.
Officials have said that we won’t really know what happened to Flight MH370 and its more than 200 passengers until the black box flight recorder is found. But has the plane MH370 or any of its parts ever been found?
Has Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 or Any of Its Wreckage Ever Been Located?
The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has never been found, even though governments and private contractors have spent a lot of time and money looking for it. Between July 2015 and October 2017, 20 pieces of debris thought to be from MH370 were found on beaches on islands and on the coast of Africa in the western Indian Ocean.
The right flaperon, which is part of the plane’s wing, was the first thing that was sure to be from the plane. It washed up on the French island of Réunion in the western Indian Ocean, 2,500 miles away from the underwater search area, in July 2015.
In September 2015, officials said that serial numbers found inside the flaperon proved it came from MH370. After finding the body, officials looked in the same area and found what they thought were the remains of a suitcase as well as a Chinese water bottle and an Indonesian cleaning product, which matched the countries of some of the plane’s passengers.
In February 2016, a piece of trash with the words “NO STEP” stenciled on it was found off the coast of Mozambique, Africa, about 1,200 miles southwest of where the flaperon had been found. Officials in Australia looked at the debris and found that it was “almost certainly” a piece of MH370’s right horizontal stabilizer panel.
Another piece of trash had been found on a beach in southern Mozambique, 190 miles away, in December of the previous year, but it was not reported at first. This item had a stenciled code 676EB that matched the style used by Malaysia Airlines. It was found to be part of a Boeing 777 flap track fairing from the wing of the plane.
Experts were almost certain that it was part of MH370. Over the next few years, pieces of what were thought to be from MH370 were found on beaches in South Africa, Mauritius, and Madagascar, as well as in Réunion and Mozambique.
These things included a piece of an engine with a part of the Rolls-Royce logo on it, as well as more pieces of the plane’s wings and tail. Pieces of the plane’s interior, like a stowage closet door, and a few things that couldn’t be named were also found.