How Did They Just Disappear?

by Kathy on March 10, 2014 · 6 comments

in Coping, Life, Reality, Sadness, Waiting

“It’s just like what happened on Lost,” he said.

How had I not made that connection?

It’s surreal in this day and age, with technology and resources we have available, that it is possible for a 777 plane, carrying 239 people on board, to just disappear.

But that is the story being told in the news, around the world.

Many other planes and ships are searching for the wreckage of the presumed crash in the ocean.

How does this happen?

How did they just disappear?

When things happen in life that are beyond our control it can be difficult to understand and to reconcile.

Whether its natural disasters, baby loss, loved ones being diagnosed with cancer or other tragic circumstances…

How do we find peace and cope with our new normal? 

I have been saddened and captivated by following the coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Whenever I am going through difficult and uncertain times in life, I find comfort in trying to gather information, as if that will somehow allow me to feel more empowered.

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of those who were on Flight MH370, as well as to all those looking for the lost plane and trying to solve this real life, modern-day, mystery.

I am trying not to get sucked in to the conspiracy theories I am hearing about and not let my curiosity consume me.

I imagine that some parts of the plane will be located relatively soon and eventually we will know some of what happened on Saturday, March 8th, after Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur.

But in the meantime, I will read, watch, and wonder, along with the rest of the world…

How did they just disappear?

Do you feel a connection to news stories, even when you don’t know anyone involved?

How do you cope and find peace during times like this?

Cross-posted on BlogHer.

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1 Jjiraffe March 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I thought of Lost too.

Such a strange, mysterious and tragic situation.

There certainly are some news stories that capture my anxious imagination. I hate flying so much that the plane stories terrify me more than other events.
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2 Kathy March 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

It is truly strange, mysterious and tragic, especially with the newest developments (it is being reported that the plane could be seen on radar after the transponder was turned off or stopped working for over an hour) and conflicting information.

I forgot that you hate flying, but recall now you telling me that in the past. I can imagine how that makes stories like this that much scarier for you to follow. Thank you for commenting.
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3 RoseAnn March 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I thought of Lost and I also thought of Castaway with Tom Hanks. If the plane is not found, there remains that hope, however small, that those families must cling to.

I have a short flight scheduled next week. I comfort myself with the knowledge that car accidents are far more common and yet few of us hesitate to get in our cars perhaps multiple times a day.

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4 Kathy March 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Thank you for sharing what you thought about in those early days after it went missing, RoseAnn. Can you believe its been 20 days and they still haven’t found the plane? Though it looks like they may be zeroing on the debris field (though they have said/we have thought that before over the past few weeks).

I hope your flight went well and I too try to remind myself of the overall safety of flying when I do so.
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5 anexpatinuk March 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

it really is a mystery! I am following the story as well. I hope they find some answers soon, mostly for the families and friends waiting. It must be so hard not knowing what have happened and remain hopeful just the same in case they are out there somewhere, alive.
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6 Kathy March 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

20 days after the plane went missing, I am still very curious about what happened. As it seems they may be finally finding debris from the plane (though it wouldn’t be the first time if that isn’t what it is), I hope and pray they can begin to solve at least some of the mystery. As you say, if for no other reason than to bring some answers and closure to the loved ones of those who likely died in the plane.
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