Two months on, missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 story is off the radar

  • Vignesh Radhakrishnan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 09, 2014 07:36 IST
Exactly two months ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am for Beijing, but vanished mid-air with 239 people on board. 
No trace of Flight MH370 has been found despite the most intensive search in commercial aviation history.
The mystery over the March 8 disappearance of MH370 remains unsolved; all that there is to show are hundreds of conspiracy theories and endless speculation.
When MH370 talk dominated internet
Almost for a month after the aircraft vanished, news searches on MH370 dominated internet traffic.
Even a shred of information on the missing plane, credible or not, became a hot topic instantly in the digital world. People shared whatever information was being put out immediately.
When government agencies posted satellite pictures of suspected MH370 debris in the public domain, they got shared around the world in a matter of minutes.  
Almost all websites constantly updated latest news on the aircraft, using live blogs and Twitter streams. There was no dearth of stories.
MH370 is still missing and the story count is down.
A look at search trends
Below is a 'Google trends' map that plots searches about MH370. 
The last time searches on MH370 peaked was on March 24, the day Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak went on air and said the plane may have crashed in the Indian Ocean.
After that there is a gradual drop in the search graph.
Even in the social media space, discussion around MH370 has waned.
Below is the tweet graph for the last 30 days.

Earlier this week, Razak expressed Malaysia's resolve to continue the search for MH370. "Although we have yet to come up with results until now, the government is determined to continue with the search with the co-operation of friendly countries, particularly Australia which has shown extraordinary commitment to help Malaysia find our aircraft," he said.
Malaysia has also released a preliminary report on the disappearance of the plane. According to the report, air traffic controllers failed to notice for 17 minutes that the jet had gone off the radar and did not activate a rescue operation for nearly four hours.
Here is a complete timeline of MH370 


With inputs from PTI

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