NewsHour to probe Flight 370 mystery

My late mother was fond of saying to someone who asked a question with an obvious answer: “I’ll give you three guesses, and the first two don’t count.”

Thus, you might be thinking: I wonder what the PBS NewsHour will be discussing Friday night when it airs from 6 to 7 p.m. on Panhandle PBS.

The answer is quite clear. I’m betting the lead story Friday will be the mystery surrounding Malaysia Air Flight 370. No matter whether authorities find the wreckage before the newscast airs, the story is going to resonate well beyond the foreseeable future.

What do we know about the disappearance of the Boeing 777 jetliner that took off nearly two weeks ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Well, we know that it took off for Beijing. It flew for a time, apparently took a hard left turn, someone on the flight deck said “All right, good night,” the transponder went quiet and then the plane disappeared apparently without a trace — so far.

The U.S. Navy has joined the search, along with ships from Australia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and New Zealand. The FBI is involved in the search, along with the National Transportation Safety Board, Interpol, local police and aviation authorities.

Was it a terrorist act? Did the plane malfunction? Is the flight crew involved? Was it a passenger? Did the jetliner explode? Did it vaporize? Was it hijacked and taken to a remote airfield?

And what about the families of those who are still waiting to learn the fate of the 239 passengers and crew? What are they thinking and feeling? We know what they’re hoping. They want closure.

PBS NewsHour will be all over the story Friday night.

Meanwhile, the mystery continues.

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