Let me begin with this note up front. This entry is in no way to make light of this terrible situation. The goal of this blog is to point out how art imitates life and vice versa. Many times, I get in awe of scientific concepts on scifi shows and when times catches up to make those concepts a reality, I am blown away. So, going back to the Malaysian Airlines flight 370, this brings up scifi themed movies and shows that brings up the point, “Can a plane simply disappear?”
Remember Amelia Earhart? Her famous journey to fly solo around the world and still to this day, neither she nor her plane have been ever recovered. Yet, science fiction leads up to believe that on Star Trek: Voyager Season 2 Episode 1 “37” Amelia Earhart was found in a cryo-stasis by the Voyager crew. So how did Amelia appear on the almost opposite side of the galaxy? Alien abduction.
Another plane related tv series was Lost. This series finds survivors of a plane crash on a remote island filled with secrets. After 6 seasons of episodes, not all the questions posed were answered but did not diminish this great show.
Let’s not forget the tv mini series called The Langoliers created by Stephen King. A red eye flight from Boston to LA, a handful of passengers wake up to find everyone else missing including the crew.
In the late eighties, there was a movie called Millennium not to be confused by the tv series by Chris Carter (X-Files). This movie dealt with humans from the future replacing all the humans moments before a plane crash with fake replacements. These future humans were trying to save humanity by bringing people from the past, who were going to die, to the future where they would live out their lives.
Now, go back farther to a little know Airport movie. This really started the whole disaster movie genre like Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Towering Inferno. Like with all disaster movies, we were treated to an all star casts but unless you grew up in the late 60’s/70’s you will not know many of the stars. However, the success of this movie gave us: Airport 75, Airport 77, and Airport 79. If you want to know the premise of 75, watch Airplane. 77 shows us a plane crashing into the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle. 79 dealt with the no longer running Concorde – the plane that could travel twice the speed of sound.
Last but not least, one of the few books, an actual books not comic books, that I read as a kid was called The Ghost of Flight 401. This story was based on the real plane crash of Flight 401 which met its demise in the Florida Everglades near Miami. From the few details I remember, this book was more about ghost sightings of the deceased crew members appear on other flights. I could be wrong but the connection with the sightings were due to the salvage pieces from Flight 401 being put into other planes. Creepy yes but reading this stuff was truly fascinating.
Let’s all hope, from the searchers involved to the family/friends of those on board the Malaysian Airlines flight 370, that they are all able to have closure soon.
Details concerning the sudden, Saturday disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continue to trickle in. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, said the missing Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers presents an “unprecedented mystery.”
Here’s what we do know: The flight disappeared on Friday night/Saturday morning en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was at cruising altitude (35,000 feet) and weather was more or less clear. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam say contact with the crew disappeared about 120 nautical miles east of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and radar signals suggest the plane may have turned around before losing contact.