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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappears

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared from radar screens on Saturday March 8. After several days, experts still do not know what happened to this plane.

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“The MH370 left its path, halfway between Malaysia and Vietnam, an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, with 239 people on board. It was 1:30 am, Saturday March 8th. ”
Source: La Presse
For more than a week, many hypotheses have been put forward to explain this mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, the international search effort, which includes assistance from 14 countries, 58 planes and 43 ships, is carefully scanning various areas in Southeast Asia in order to locate the Boeing.
The following activities will provide information on the disappearance of flight MH370, one of the most mysterious in the history of modern aviation.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Name the elements relating to the disappearance of flight MH370;
- Understand that several hypotheses have been put forward to explain the disappearance;
- Understand the evolution of the news by completing a timeline made up of elements reported by the media;
- Locate the different search areas in South East Asia on a world map.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: The disappearance of flight MH370

First, ask the students if they know anything about this missing plane story. What do they know about this event?
As a whole class, complete the following diagram. Consult the articles in the For more information section for more information on the subject.

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ACTIVITY 2: The evolution of the new

The news regarding the disappearance of flight MH370 has evolved a lot in recent days. Invite students to place the following events reported by the media on the timeline.

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ACTIVITY 3: Finding the Boeing 777

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The international community is involved in the search for the missing plane. Search operations at sea cover nearly 90,000 square kilometers.
As a whole class, read the Extended Search Area section of the following article and identify the search areas that are mentioned on a map of Southeast Asia.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing: Satellite Contacts Hours After Disappearance
Le Monde, March 14, 2014
If you have an interactive whiteboard, you can complete this activity using the resources (geographic maps) found in the tebeware. Or, check Google Maps to locate search locations using annotation tools to mark them.

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More about the magazine

Five hypotheses considered to explain what happened to flight MH370
Le Figaro, March 13, 2014
Malaysia Airlines: six scenarios for a disappearance
Le Monde, March 14, 2014
Flight MH370: seven theses for a mystery
La Presse, March 17, 2014
Missing plane: the trail of human intervention is becoming clearer
Radio-Canada, March 14, 2014
The pilots of flight MH370: the cordon bleu and the future groom
La Presse, March 17, 2014
The missing Boeing, a potential "missile", according to an American elected official
La Presse, March 16, 2014

About the Author

Véronique Lavergne
Véronique Lavergne
Véronique is a librarian at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and a trainer in educational technology for future teachers. She also holds a teaching certificate in the social universe at the secondary level and collaborates regularly with the organization L'École branchée.

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