It happened in November of 1987. It has been more than 26 years from today. Korean Air Flight 858 was on its path from Iraq to South Korea, carrying 115 people altogether. The plane had had a stop-over at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was about to make another stop-over at Bangkok, Thailand before reaching Seoul. Everything was going as planned. The pilot made an announcement to everyone on board, "We expect to arrive in Bangkok on time. Time and location normal."
But that was not to be. Right before reaching Bangkok, the plane vanished out of nowhere over the Andaman Sea. Now, over two decades later, people are searching for another missing aircraft in the Andaman Sea once again.
It took more than a month in 1987 for people to realize what had happened. It was actually not 1987 but January of 1988 when a person by the name of Kim Hyon-hui came forward and confessed during interrogation what she had done. She planned a bomb inside Korean Air Flight 858 (or KAL 858) before she got off in Abu Dhabi. She was a secret agent from North Korea. Her mission, given by Kim Jong-il, was to blow up KAL 858 before the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Unfortunately, she and another North Korean agent successfully completed their mission. (They were not even on the plane when the bomb went off and that is how she survived.) It took more than two years before any remains of KAL 858 were found, even with Kim Hyon-hui's confession. No flight data recorder (or black box) was found.
Now back to 2014. Surely, no such thing can happen anymore. Time has changed significantly since 1987. But then again, history repeats itself. On March 8th, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared into thin air. Who knew with all the technological advancements we have achieved over the years another "Korean Air Flight 858" would occur? How is it possible that nobody knows what happened to the Boeing 777 aircraft and its passengers even four days later?
Of course, there are a number of speculations out there in the media. But not one of them has any solid evidence to be convincing as of yet. If this was an act of terrorism, how did a couple of terrorists get inside the cockpit so easily without any weapons? Why wouldn't the other 225 passengers and 12 crew members on the plane have been able to stop the hijackers from destroying their lives?
One possible scenario is that the pilots decided to turn off all forms of communication by themselves and crash the aircraft into the sea for whatever reason. It is also possible that the plane started to malfunction on its on and the pilots simply lost control of it. But then again, somebody would have been able to make a phone call before, during, or after the crash. If Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is anything like Korean Air Flight 858 back in 1987, then it will take weeks if not months for the truth to come about. It will be a waiting game no one wants to play.