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THE DISAPPEARING ACT

Florence de Changy

  • Original Title: LE VOL MH370 N'A PAS DISPARU
  • Publication date: March 2016
  • Publisher: LES ARÈNES
  • Country: FR
  • 268 print pages
  • Factual/Investigation

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Malaysia
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Conspiracy, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment

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A French reporter's investigation on the disappearance of the 2014 MH370 flight. During her investigation, she has seen materials concealed from the public, met individuals who haven’t talked to anyone else and been in touch with many people too scared to go on the record.

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Translation rights sold: UK (to be published in May 2020), China

The disappearance of flight MH370 has received extensive coverage over the years, with new information coming to light even now. It remains one of the greatest mysteries of the 21st century.

Florence de Changy reported on this story for Le Monde. She is an award-winning journalist, and has worked as Le Monde‘s South East Asian correspondent since 1995.

Summary

The affair was weird when seen from afar, but seen in close-up, it was Kafkaesque: it was not possible in 2014 for a Boeing 777 to have simply disappeared...

On 8th March 2014, 239 passengers boarded the scheduled international passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, MH370, only for the plane to vanish into thin air 38 minutes after take-off.

This deeply unnerving study closely documents the chaotic investigation that followed the aircraft’s disappearance. The result is an exhaustive account and a much-needed rejoinder to the untruths and misdirection that have plagued the search for MH370.

Florence De Changy is an award-winning journalist and has been Le Monde’s South East Asian correspondent since 1995. During her investigation, she has seen materials concealed from the public, met individuals who haven’t talked to anyone else and been in touch with many people too scared to go on the record.

She said: "From the outset, the idea that in this day and age a B-777 - one of the most trusted long-haul carriers in civil aviation history, boasting an immaculate safety record - could simply vanish into thin air seemed like an affront to our collective human intelligence, not least because it did so in one of the most monitored areas of the planet. It seemed essential to shed light on this enshrouded enigma, not just as a journalist's duty but also for the families of the 239 passengers on board the MH-370, and the hundreds of thousands of people who fly commercially every year."

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