Remember the Malaysian Airlines flight that mysteriously disappeared five years ago, never to be found? Like the airliner itself, the story kind of disappeared, replaced by about 1000 other things that the news networks could grind to a pulp and fill their schedules with.

Veteran reporter William Langewiesche dove into the disappearance and the result was this fascinating article. He points out fatal flaws in the early investigation, aims blame at the corrupt Malaysian government and military, and separates wild guesses from reasonable theories to come up with a chilling explanation for what he believes actually happened on that fateful day. His description of the final presumed hours of the flight is both beautiful and terrifying to read.

His conclusion will likely never be proven true or false. But it seems the most likely argument for what occurred.

What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane