The Search for the MH370 Aircraft Accident Site

The tragedy of Malaysia Airlines MH370’s loss is endless, at least for the victims’ families. The 777 aircraft accident search continues to sew false hope. What’re they looking for?
Let’s put aside the frustrating months spent searching a 60,000-sq-km (23,000-sq-miles) grid it may or may not be resting in; forget that it lays miles deep; don’t remember the underwater mountains and chasms that provide both horizontal, vertical, and every angle-in-between-type challenges. What’re they looking for? A 209 foot-long aircraft with a 200 foot wingspan and two large engines?
Basic Physics teaches us: of the three states of matter only gasses are compressible; liquids and solids are not. This means that when MH370 hit the water – no matter the angle or speed – it was essentially a hollow tube full of compressible gas; it struck the ocean, a non-compressible liquid. It won’t look the same as when it left Kuala Lumpur. Falling from 35,000 feet? The ocean’s surface would be merciless.
First off, the wings, engines, stabilizers, and tail section would separate, unrecognizable shadows of their former selves. They would flutter on the ocean currents to the ocean floor, perhaps hundreds of miles apart. The fuselage would begin to accordion – or flatten – according to the angle of impact. As the nose strikes the water, the cabin section compresses, the mid-section explodes outward jettisoning its contents over a large area. The sections of fuselage continue breaking up into small pieces, again fluttering to the ocean floor or catching on an ocean mountainside, indistinguishable from its surroundings.
That’s the cruel truth. Cultivating a false hope they’ll be found? In my eyes … that’s even crueler.

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