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Friday, March 21, 2014


IF THE disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 occurred in the Philippine airspace, one great possibility is that the Philippine Senate will conduct a probe in aid of legislation. The Malaysian government is in the receiving end of criticisms from families of the 239 passengers and crew, and the rest of the world, for failing to provide definite answers to the mystery that remains unresolved as of this writing.

What have added to the agony of those with relations in the flight are the theories that have been published in mainstream media and in social networks. Among the possibilities: the pilot/s’ deliberate plan; organized hijack by terrorists; mechanical malfunction; fire; decompression; accidental missile attack; and an alternate Bermuda Triangle in the Gulf of Thailand.

When we thought that nothing goes undetected in this age of spy satellites, military drones and GPS; and with connectivity becoming the standard with cellular phones and computers, how could a huge Boeing 777-200ER simply disappear in thin air?

Already 26 countries are participating in the search, with an Australian satellite spotting two “potentially interesting 24-meter-sized ‘blobs’” in a deep and remote area of the south Indian Ocean.

John Young, general manager of Australia’s emergency maritime response division, said they were not certain if the “blobs” are those of the missing plane. He said, “the satellite imagery wasn’t detailed enough to provide a direct link with the aircraft, in the form of the aircraft’s livery; or other structural identifiers.”

The advances in technology have benefitted the military establishment with manufacturers creating ultra-efficient satellites, highly-advanced planes, drones and soon “Marvel Iron Man”-inspired combatants. It seems, though, that the advanced countries in the world have been hesitant to openly share information on what may have happened to the missing plane–afraid that this could uncover their spying activities.

What is revealing in this sad episode in aviation history is that we are not in total control of technology; we are not in total control of our destiny.

Even with all the advances in science and engineering, we still are basically human, prone to error and subject to an all-knowing Higher Being.

Let us continue praying for those who remain missing. Let us provide whatever support we can give to the affected families. Let us hope for a resolution to this mystery–soon.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 22, 2014.

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