On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on a flight to Beijing, turned off course and disappeared. Its fate, and that of the 239 people on board, may be aviation’s most agonizing and perplexing mystery. As the anniversary approaches, here are some of the stories you can expect from The Associated Press:
SUNDAY, MARCH 1:
FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-SILVER LININGS
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — We haven’t learned what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but we’ve learned about a lot of other things. A look at how science has in some ways benefited from extensive ocean mapping and other research made necessary by the disappearance. By Nick Perry. 1,120 words, photos.
MONDAY, MARCH 2:
FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-MALAYSIA-TOURISM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Tourist numbers for Malaysia grew very fast in 2014, outpacing previous years, likely due to several factors but also getting a counterintuitive boost from Malaysia’s higher international visibility due to double airline disasters. By Eileen Ng. 1,000 words, photos.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3:
FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-KEEPING TRACK
NEW YORK — Will the industry ever adopt real time tracking that would make a disappearance like Flight 370′s unthinkable in the future? The airline industry is inching toward a form of tracking more elaborate than current capabilities but much remains undecided. In fact, a year from the disaster, nothing has changed and planes that are marvels of technological sophistication can still vanish. By Scott Mayerowitz. 1,060 words, photos.
FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-Q&A
SYDNEY — Despite the lack of fresh clues, Martin Dolan — the official leading the search for Flight 370 — is no less optimistic about finding the plane than when it began. Questions and answers about the massive effort. By Kristen Gelineau. 990 words, photos.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4:
FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-MALAYSIA AIRLINES
HONG KONG — What now for Malaysia Airlines? The state-owned airline is making deep job cuts as part of its revival strategy, but can it prosper under a new CEO brought in as turnaround agent, or will it shrink to a minor regional carrier? By Kelvin Chan. 1,100 words, photos.
With: FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-MALAYSIA AIRLINES-NEW CEO: HONG KONG — A look at Christoph Mueller, CEO of Ireland’s Aer Lingus, who will soon become the first foreigner to head Malaysia Airlines. By Kelvin Chan. 600 words, photos.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5:
FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-WHAT IF
SYDNEY — What happens if, by the end of the current search in May, the plane isn’t found? What are the options officials have for moving forward -- or does it get to a point where there is simply nowhere left to move? And if that is the case, how will the families cope? By Kristen Gelineau. Length TBD, photos.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6:
FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-FAMILIES UNITED
BEIJING — Families of the missing passengers of Flight 370 maintain an unprecedented level of organization. Relatives of the Chinese victims, who make up a majority of the lost, have a WeChat group where they not only communicate information but hold votes to approve certain responses to authorities statements etc. Gatherings by relatives are very emotional, and complicated by Chinese authorities wary of any kind of activism. By Didi Tang. Length TBD, photos, video.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7:
FLIGHT 370 ANNIVERSARY-LETTING GO
BANGKOK — When something is this big, this global, this anguishing for this many people, there is one question that lurks at the margins of pretty much everything: At what point do we finally say, “we’re out of hope?” Flight 370 is one of many historical events in which people have had to ask themselves this question. By Ted Anthony. Length TBD, photos.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8:
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