The safety record of the Boeing 777 is nearly perfect, which makes the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 near Vietnam especially mysterious to aircraft experts.
"This is so rare, it is absolutely baffling and it's baffling that we don't have any better answers this long after the mishap actually occurred," ABC News aviation consultant Col. Stephen Ganyard said. "So, lots of questions to be answered, [but] there's very little direct evidence, very few facts that we can go on."
Ganyard says the aircraft has a great safety record.
"We've seen a recent mishap in San Francisco, the Asiana crash, which involved a triple-seven, but in that case it's pretty clear that that was due to pilot error," he said.
An air search and rescue mission in the South China Sea, where the plane likely crashed, was under way over an area of 4,000 square miles.
The team is searching for the plane's black box, which records flight data and cockpit voices and can be detected throughRead More »from Disappearance of Malaysian Plane 'Absolutely Baffling'