The Year 2014 – Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Disappears

This is a six part series commemorating the major events of 2014. More information can be found after the article.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday, March 8, 2014 was unique. How could a giant airplane with 12 crew and 227 passengers disappear in this era of technology where we know where everything is all the time? It captured the fascination of a global audience watching as a search goes on day after day without the smallest sign of the plane.

Digital sketch for (not an actual print): The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday, March 8, 2014

Digital sketch for (not an actual print): The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday, March 8, 2014

The search was huge covering large swaths of the ocean, constantly being expanded to larger and larger search areas based on evidence or lack thereof. The search area literally became too big to cover. The lifetime of the black box signal ping shortening, and with it the chances of ever finding the plane virtually coming to an end.

Wild theories were discussed. Was it hijacked by someone who knew how to fly around all the the air towers that could pick up on it? Did it go down in the ocean? Did it catch on fire mid-flight?

This piece is more than a simple commemorative piece, it is also a memorial to the lives lost. The black plane shape is the Boeing 777-200ER pointed downward representing it's mysterious loss as a strange state of limbo. We lost track of it while it was still in the air and, while the whole world watched, it was unclear where or how it went down. The clouds transition into an arial perspective of a sea as if the plane is still lost to the sky or under the sea. In the overprinted red there are 12 cloud shapes, one for each crew members who accompanied the passengers in their final moments, and a ripple of water for each of the 227 lost passengers. 


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