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HOW CAN A COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE JUST DISAPPEAR?


THE LOSS OF AIRASIA QZ Protected content THE SECOND TIME A MAJOR AIRCRAFT HAS VANISHED WITHOUT ANY WARNING THIS YEAR
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“It’s unusual that if they were in some kind of emergency, that the pilots didn’t come back with a mayday or some kind of emergency declaration,” Vernon Grose, a former investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board and former scientist for the Federal Aviation Administration, tells Popular Science. “However, if the force of nature was sufficient and tore the wings off the airplane, the pilots wouldn’t have any time to communicate. But that’s pretty rare that you have two accidents like this so close to each other in the same year.”

“That just says that life itself isn’t predictable,” Grose says. “It’s tragic and ironic that Malaysia airplanes have had three tragedies in less than a year.”

HOW CAN A COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE JUST DISAPPEAR?

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