Approximately one week ago, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Beijing (PEK). Most naturally assumed that it crashed into the sea somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam, but no wreckage has been found as of yet – and the fate of the 227 passengers and 12 crew onboard is still unknown. There have been conflicting reports of what really happened, but the fact of the matter is that a week of intense searching has turned up nothing. It’s certainly one of the most bizarre (and sad) aviation incidents that I have ever followed.
I had a half-finished Malaysia Airlines 777-200/ER illustration in my archives for about a year now, and I decided to finish it up last night. These illustrations are really time consuming, and I usually spend hours pouring over reference photos of real aircraft to make them as accurate as possible. Being so intensely focused on the details of this particular 777 (registration 9M-MRO) made the process difficult, as I couldn’t help but think about what those people onboard went through. Or perhaps they are still alive and waiting to be rescued? It’s chilling to think about, and I can’t even imagine what the family and friends of those onboard MH370 are feeling at the moment.