Call of the Void: Seven years on, what do we know about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370?

Sidewalk art commemorates the victims of MH370. (Ted Alijibe)

“Good night, Malaysian three seven zero.”

Left: First Officer Fariq Hamid; Right: Captain Zaharie Ahmed Shah. Note that most Malaysians use a given name and a patronymic, with no family name; only the given name is used to refer to a person. Hence “Fariq” and “Zaharie” are used to refer to the pilots throughout this article. (CNN)
9M-MRO, the Boeing 777 which disappeared. (Laurent Errera)
The initial flight segment up until the point where the plane disappeared from radar. (Google)
The path of MH370 after it turned back toward the Malay Peninsula. (Andrew Haneen)
The twin arcs where the flight must have ended, revealed by satellite data. (Reuters)
Locations of the seven original rings revealed by the satellite transmissions. (ATSB)
A comprehensive map of all the sea searches. The early search for the black boxes is shown in the inset. (Andrew Haneen)
A distribution of possible flight paths calculated by the ATSB in October 2014. (ATSB)
In pink and purple, the actual width of the search area. In gray, the area the ATSB would have searched if it had infinite money and time. (ATSB)
Fugro Discovery, the ship which conducted most of the original ATSB search. (Michel Floch)
Authorities in Reunion recover a flaperon from MH370. (Reuters)
The area of the ocean infinity search, compared with the ATSB search and the ideal search zone. (BBC)
Street art in memory of the victims of MH370, created when there was still uncertainty over whether the plane had really crashed. (Ted Alijibe)
Sand art made shortly after the disappearance exhorts passersby to pray for MH370. (CBS News)
Blaine Gibson, right, with a possible piece of MH370. (Blaine Gibson)
Captain Zaharie Ahmed Shah, seen in a screenshot from his YouTube channel. (Zaharie Ahmed Shah, via YouTube)
In yellow, the actual flight path of the airplane. In red, the flight path found on Zaharie’s simulator. (New York Magazine)
Zaharie was known to leave awkward comments on the profile pages of young Malaysian models. (The Daily Mail)
Zaharie and his daughter Aishah, possibly several years before the crash. (The Mirror)
Which pieces of Mh370 have been identified so far? (CNN)
Excerpts from a June 2014 report give insight into the ATSB’s motivations for choosing the search area it did. (ATSB)
Another view of the flaperon found in Reunion. Note the trailing edge damage. (NBC News)
The 495-page Safety Investigation Report by the Malaysian investigation team, which despite its length managed to say relatively little. (The Sunday Times)
A part of a spoiler recovered from MH370 in August 2020. (Don Thompson)
Data from a drift analysis, 2021. (Richard Godfrey)
A common theme among memorials and commemorations to the victims was a refrain that the plane was still out there somewhere, waiting to land, stuck in some kind of eternal limbo. (The Hindustan Times)
Street art commemorating MH370 evokes an unfinished puzzle. (NPR)

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Admiral Cloudberg

Analyzer of plane crashes. Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit, @KyraCloudy on Twitter, or by email at kyracloudy97@gmail.com.