Expert: Malaysia Airlines plane disappearance likely not an accident
Posted March 10, 2014
Updated March 11, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Whatever led Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to disappear over the South China Sea Saturday, it happened quickly, a Raleigh-based accident reconstruction expert said.
The Boeing 777, with 239 people on board, was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared from radar. No distress signal was sent and no debris has been found as of Monday night.
The plane did not send out any communications prior to its disappearance, which is something to note, said Charles Manning, Jr.
“That usually means some kind of a catastrophe has occurred,”
said Manning, who runs his own accident reconstruction firm and oversaw NASA’s accident lab. “And what does that mean? It means that you might have had a bomb.”
An international effort is underway to find the plane. The U.S. Navy sent a second ship to help with the effort on Monday. The search
involves at least 34 planes and 40 ships from several countries working inside a 115 mile area between Malaysia and Vietnam.
Authorities have focused on two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports, but it is unknown if they were involved in the plane’s disappearance.
Whatever happened may not have been the work of a terrorist organization, but it wasn’t an accident, Manning said.
“I’ve done work for Boeing. I know that airplane,” he said. “The 777 I think is probably the safest airplane ever made.”