In the months that have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared, there have been a number of theories put forth as to what went wrong.
We can accept that a series of errors followed by irresponsible handling of the investigation (largely on the part of the Malaysian government) made the recovery of the missing plane all but impossible.
While it won’t give the families of the 239 missing passengers the closure they still seek, perhaps the theories put forth in recent days can finally give the world an idea of what happened to the missing jetliner.
The Australian Transport Safety Board released a 55 page report about the incident based largely on similar disasters observed in the past.
Through a series of comparisons, Australian officials have worked out what they feel to be the most realistic scenario for Flight MH370.
“Given these observations,” said the board in its report, “the final stages of the unresponsive crew/hypoxia event type appeared to best fit the available evidence for the final period of MH370′s flight when it was heading in a generally southerly direction.”
A suffocation scenario means that the crew and passengers would have already been dead before the plane sank into the depths of the ocean.
Australian officials also believe that the plane was likely on autopilot during and after the crash.