Why Malaysia Airlines Jet Might Have Disappeared

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March 09, 2014 AT 3:20 AM
The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth. So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea, has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots no time to place a distress call.It could take investigators months, if not years, to determine what happened to the Boeing 777 flying from Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. Todd Curtis, a former safety engineer with Boeing who worked on its 777 jumbo jets, said "At this early stage, we're focusing on the facts that we don't know." Malaysian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhair Yahya, says the company is working hard to notify the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew: