Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been missing for more than eight months. As the mystery surrounding the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane continues, one man appears to have an answer as to what really happened to the Boeing 777 that disappeared on March 8. As reported by IBT Malaysia on Nov. 19, “nine months after the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a new book by an aviation expert claims to give some closure to what actually happened to the ill-fated airplane.”
The book that IBT Malaysia is referring to is David Soucie’s Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: The Plane, the Passengers—and the True Story of What Happened to the Missing Aircraft. On his Twitter page, David Soucie describes himself as a safety and accident investigator. He is also a CNN Safety Analyst.
Quite interestingly, the book’s publication date is “February 17, 2015,” as stated on Amazon. Besides claiming that the book explains why and where the plane crashed, the book’s description provided by Amazon and the publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, also includes the following sentence:
“A year after its take-off, the plane and its passengers and crew are still missing.”
Apparently, author David Soucie based his book and the “detailed, true-story “ of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane on interviews with leading diplomats, militiamen, and family members of the 239 missing passengers and crew members. The author is being described as having 30 years of experience as an aviation safety inspector and accident investigator for the Federal Aviation Administration — working in the cockpit, as a mechanic, and as a first-responder—and a media correspondent covering plane malfunctions, hijackings, and crashes.
On his Twitter page, Soucie writes that he had nothing to do with the title of the book or the book’s cover which promise to reveal the true story behind the disappearance of the Boeing 777. “I had nothing to do with this cover amazon or my publisher is in deep doodoo,” he writes.
When writing his book, was author Soucie gambling with the fact that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 would not be found by February 2015, nearly a year after the plane went missing? Or was Soucie basing the publication date of his book on information gathered during his interviews?
On Nov. 17, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) published a video for the family members of MH370 trying to explain why the high-cost search efforts for the missing plane have not turned up anything so far. After watching the newly released video or reading the transcript (published by the Australian government), one has learned a lot about bathymetry — the study and mapping of the seafloor – and the involvement of the governments of Australia, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China – but very little about why a plane would completely disappear in a depth of up to 6 kilometers (about 3.7 miles) without leaving any signs.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been missing for more than eight months and while the family members of the missing passengers and crew members are counting the days, the latest updates seem to show no promise that the missing Boeing 777 plane will be found any time soon. Besides author David Soucie (whose book is available on pre-order for $21.59), who else is counting on that?