"They're Lying To Us" — Locals React To Netflix Docuseries Trailer On MH370 Disappearance
Nine years ago, the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines flight would grow to become one of the biggest unsolved aviation mysteries of all time
On 8 March 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) disappeared while en route to the Beijing Capitol International Airport from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The last time anything was heard from the plane itself was with air traffic control (ATC) approximately 38 minutes after takeoff.
With 227 passengers and 12 crew members onboard, the disappearance of flight MH370 was sensationalised overnight. Beyond being enlisted as one of the deadliest incidents involving a Boeing 777 aircraft, subsequent searches for the plane after its disappearance made it the most expensive search in aviation history.
Relying mostly on analytic data and proposed theories with little evidence found through the years, no consensus has ever been reached concerning its disappearance.
Nine years later, Netflix has created a three-part speculative docuseries titled MH370: The Plane That Disappeared, which brings together a global community of family members, scientists, and investigative journalists, all whom continue to search for answers as to what really happened to flight MH370.
Yesterday, 16 February, Netflix dropped the official trailer for the series, which shows a preview of the discussion of multiple theories as to why MH370 has still not been found
"Planes go up, planes go down — but what planes don't do is just vanish off the face of the Earth," began the introduction of the trailer.
From a theory that the plane was hijacked to suspicious findings in relation to evidence that accumulated over the past few years, the series sees multiple family members of the passengers on flight MH370 reacting to the disappearance of the aircraft in real-time back in 2014.
"Never in history have 239 people been declared dead on the basis of mathematics alone," opined Jeff Wise, science journalist and author of The Plane That Wasn't There: Why We Haven't Found MH370, an investigative publication dedicated to the investigation of MH370's disappearance.
"MH370 is not just an unsolved mass murder, it's potentially an act of war. How is it possible for an airline to disappear out of thin air? Someone knows the answer, the question is who," claimed Wise at the end of the trailer.
The trailer ends with a chilling soundbite from the pilot in command of MH370, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, wishing Malaysia goodnight.
Tying the events of this disappearance to other incidents relevant to the mystery, the series will also show a brief overview of the events that resulted in Russian-controlled forces shooting down MH17 later the same year
A press release of the series has also been released on Netflix: Tudum, a fandom-based website dedicated to the dissemination and discussion of Netflix productions. In the statement, the streaming service breaks down all three episodes for the series.
In the first episode of the series, experts will take a closer look at the first few hours and days following MH370's disappearance, which will include what happened when conspiracy theories and false accusations started to spiral out of control.
The second episode of the series is said to include a discussion of MH17, which was shot down as it was flying over eastern Ukraine later that year in July 2014. "Experts discuss how the chances of two aircraft from the same airline crashing in such a short time frame are infinitesimal, causing conspiracy theories to go even further," read the press release.
In the final episode of the series, experts will explore the large section of MH370's wing that washed up on the shore off the East African Coast 16 months after searching.
Skeptical for reasons that will be divulged, family members and journalists tied to the MH370 disappearance detail their continuing search for answers on the disappearance of the plane.
Making waves on YouTube, the trailer has racked up almost 500,000 views since its publication hours ago
Many people chimed in with their thoughts relating to this docuseries.
"I can't even begin to imagine what the relatives have been through. It's already nerve-racking enough to fly but flying and never returning is heart breaking," wrote one YouTube user.
Another person even mentioned no matter how many videos they've watched since the story first appeared, they will always remain confused and wonder about what happened to flight MH370.
"What's even scarier is that there might actually be a singular person who knows exactly what happened to those passengers on the plane," they penned.
A slew of Malaysians also reacted to the trailer in the comments section, expressing their heartfelt sympathy for the families of the passengers who have been lost for nine years.
"As a Malaysian, this is truly heartbreaking for me and everyone. I don't know what happened to them. This is mysterious," wrote one person.
Looking forward to the series, another Malaysian stated how every time they hear anything mentioned about MH370, it sends shivers down their spine.
Recalling the events of the disappearance, one Malaysian stated that the word 'MH370' brings back memories for them, as they remember the exposure and publicity relating to the events, but did not understand the pain of the families entirely back then.
"Thank you, Netflix, for making a docuseries about this, I hope the truth will be revealed soon," they added.
MH370: The Plane That Disappeared will premiere on Netflix on the ninth anniversary of the plane's disappearance, 8 March.
Will you be watching tuning in?
Watch the full trailer of the docuseries below.
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