It has been one year since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing. The airplane disappeared over the Indian Ocean on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane, a Boeing 777, was carrying 239 people.
The past 12 months have been a difficult time for families with loved ones on the plane. They are no closer to knowing what happened. The only thing confirmed is an airline official's statement from one year ago.
"MH370 lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 a.m. this morning..."
Satellite records show Flight 370 likely crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. But months of air, sea and underwater searches have failed to find any evidence of the plane.
More than 20 countries joined in the investigation. At first, crews looked along the expected flight path and in the South China Sea. They later expanded their searches across parts of southern Asia. In all, crews searched more than one million square kilometers. The search of a smaller area is to be completed in May.
Already some people are asking, if the plane is not found, what then?
Malaysia officially declared the plane's disappearance an accident earlier this year. That announcement cleared the way for Malaysia Airlines to make payments to relatives of the victims. But the move angered families in both Malaysia and China.
American Philip Wood was on Flight 370. His partner, Sarah Bajc, spoke to reporters after Malaysian officials made the announcement. She said they provided no proof or physical evidence to support the declaration.
In her words, "There still is absolutely no verification for what they've done to come up with this decision. Just a few months ago, they were saying the flight was under the control of a hijacker. So how is it all of a sudden an accident?"
Sarah Bajc was not alone in her calls for more clarity.
Most of the passengers of Flight 370 were Chinese nationals. In their search for answers, some family members organized protests. This has led to the government questioning their moves and watching their activities.
Recently, some family members traveled to Malaysia to demand answers. Jiang Hui says one of their demands was to see images of their family members entering the airplane.
He says the family members have always asked for a recording of the passengers as they prepared to leave for Beijing. "As far as I know," he says, "there are some Malaysian family members who have already seen it. They are family members (just like us). Why can't we see our relatives?"
Steve Wang did not go to Malaysia with the others. But his mother was on Flight 370. He says the families are seeking to show the world that they want the truth.
"When such kind of things happens, you have to take action. Just, just, just imagine that I am a common peoples in, in the Malaysia. If such kind of things happens, I would be scared."
Steve Wang says his mother was a retired professor. He says she loved taking pictures and was on her way home from a trip to Nepal.
"She go to every place in China and other countries. I think her life is really, is really happy, because it is the best time for her to enjoy the life -- just retired, still young, still have energy and still have passion."
He adds he is sure the truth will eventually come out, although that may take years. When asked to describe what the past 12 months were like, he had three things to say.
In his words, "The first is nightmare. The second is sadness and pain. And the third is try to be strong."
Aviation industry leaders are looking to improve safety worldwide. They hope to get better, more dependable equipment to monitor the movement of planes. The International Civil Aviation Organization has been considering several ideas. One proposal is to require aircraft to report their position once every 15 minutes, instead of the current once an hour. That requirement is expected to be in place by November of next year.
In another measure, the United States plans to do away with flight recorders, or black boxes, that have battery power for 30 days. Newly-manufactured devices will last 90 days. They are to be required in U.S. aircraft by 2020.
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1.MH370 lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 a.m. this morning...
lose contact with和…失去联系
Whenever you lose contact with the enemy, look behind you.
如果你失去了敌人的踪迹, 转头看看 。
2.But months of air, sea and underwater searches have failed to find any evidence of the plane.
The various elements of the novel fail to cohere.
3.There still is absolutely no verification for what they've done to come up with this decision.
come up with提出
Several of the members have come up with suggestions of their own.
4.So how is it all of a sudden an accident?
all of a sudden突然地
All of a sudden she didn't look sleepy any more.
5.In another measure, the United States plans to do away with flight recorders, or black boxes, that have battery power for 30 days.
do away with废除，去掉
We are developing nuclear weapons to do away with such weapons.
马来西亚航空MH370航班失踪至今已经一年。飞机从吉隆坡飞往北京途中在印度洋上空消失 。这架飞机机型为波音777，飞机上载有239人 。
失踪客机乘客的家属来说过去12个月备受煎熬。他们也不清楚失事航班的具体情况 。唯一确认的是一年前该航空公司发表的一份官方声明 。
20多个国家参与了搜索工作。最初，工作人员查看了飞机可能的飞行轨迹和中国南海地区 。随后将搜索范围扩大至南亚部分地区 。工作人员总共搜索了超过100万平方公里的范围 。一个较小区域的搜索工作将于今年五月份完成 。
今年年初，马来西亚正式宣布飞机的失踪是一起事故。该公告为马来西亚航空赔偿遇难者家属铺平了道路 。但此举激怒了马来西亚和中国的乘客家属 。
美国人Philip Wood是失踪的MH370航班乘客之一。马来西亚官员宣布这一消息后，他的伴侣Sarah Bajc对记者表示，他们未能提供任何支持这份声明的证明或实质性证据 。
MH370上的大部分乘客是中国公民。在他们寻找答案的过程中，一些家属组织了抗议活动 。这导致政府质疑他们的举动并监视他们的活动 。
Steve Wang没有同他人一起前往马来西亚。但他的母亲就在MH370航班上 。他说，家属们试图向世界表明他们想要了解事实真相 。
“这种事情发生后，你们必须采取行动。只是，想像一下，如果我是一个普通马来西亚人 。如果发生这种事情，我会害怕 。”
Steve Wang说他母亲是一位退休教授。他说，她喜欢拍照，当时正从尼泊尔旅行回来 。
航空行业领导者正努力改善全球安全状况。他们希望获得更好的更加可靠的设备来监控飞机动向 。国际民航组织(International Civil Aviation Organization)一直在考虑一些想法 。其中一个提议是要求飞机每15分钟报告自己的位置，而不是现行的每小时报告一次 。这一要求预期从明年11月开始实施 。
而另一项措施，美国计划取缔可以供电30天的飞行记录器，或黑匣子。新生产的设备将能持续90天 。美国将在2020年前要求飞机安装这种新型黑匣子 。