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When MH370 vanished from Air Traffic Control screens on March 8, 2014, it set in motion a seven-year search for the plane’s endpoint. That endpoint was confirmed mathematically in 2016. But because few of us have friends like the great Jacques Cousteau, confirmation waited another five years.
Then, in May 2021, a ten-day scan of the mathematically predicted endpoint confirmed the remains of 9M-MRO, seven kilometers below the surface of the Indian Ocean. The Boeing 777–200 ER was then documented in detail.
But those involved in confirming and documenting the crash site were anything but “joyous” at their contribution. Animus was so thick that one of those on the voyage waited eight months to tell the author his math had been confirmed. In a disparaging note that is not entirely suitable for publication, the erstwhile marine biologist pecked the following cryptic note on his first-generation Blackberry:
Been an interesting couple of days talking to various groups involved in the MH370 plane and families.
I am personally done with this.
Sometimes we could all use a long vacation.