The documentary is based the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, an international passenger flight that was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. All the 227 passengers and 12 crew members are presumed dead.
“In 2014, a plane with 239 people aboard vanishes from all radar. This docu-series delves into one of our greatest modern mysteries: Flight MH370.,” reads the synopsis of the documentary.
Even as nine years passed, the disappearance is still considered as one of the mysteries that remain unsolved. The three-part series will have scientists, family members and journalists who will share their insights as they still look out for an answer. One among the featured is science journalist Jeff Wise, who authored The Plane That Wasn’t There: Why We Haven’t Found MH370.
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappearance, also called MH370 disappearance, Disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Flight 370 took off at 12:41 AM local time and reached a cruising altitude of 35,000 ft (10,700 m) at 1:01 AM. The plane’s transponder was switched off just as the plane was about to enter Vietnamese airspace. Malaysian military and civilian radar began tracking the plane as it turned around and then flew southwest over the Malay Peninsula and then northwest over the Strait of Malacca. At 2:22 AM Malaysian radar lost contact with the plane over the Andaman Sea. An Inmarsat satellite in geostationary orbit over the Indian Ocean received hourly signals from flight 370 and last detected the plane at 8:11 AM. On March 24 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that, based on analysis of the final signals, Inmarsat and the U.K.’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had concluded that the flight crashed in a remote part of the Indian Ocean 2,500 km (1,500 mi) southwest of Australia. The search for wreckage was hampered by the remote location of the crash site. Beginning in 2015, pieces of wreckage that suggested the plane had broken up were found washed ashore in Africa and on islands in the Indian Ocean. In 2018 the Malaysian government concluded that the change in flight path had been done manually from inside the plane, but why the plane disappeared remained a mystery.
Despite extensive search and rescue operations involving multiple countries, no signs of wreckage or survivors were found. Even today, nine years after the disappearance, no one can explain how or why the plane disappeared. So, the question arises: What really happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?
Well, Netflix is trying to answer that difficult question with its new documentary titled ‘MH370: The Plane That Disappeared‘. “Someone knows the answer — the question is who”, asserts the hard-hitting trailer of the documentary which also features family members, scientists and investigative journalists trying to unravel the mystery behind the flight’s disappearance.