The notion that a $250 million, state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200ER could vanish without a trace seemed ludicrous until March 8, when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) dropped from Malaysian radar screens in the middle of the night over the Gulf of Thailand. At first incomprehensible, the reality of loss hit home when after 30, 60, 100 days, no trace of the aircraft had been found despite a massive search, estimated to be the most expensive to date. A new $60 million underwater mapping ...

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