MH370 disappeared six years ago on Sunday, but there is still little known about some of the passengers. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. It is still unconfirmed what the fate of the plane was, despite millions being spent on an investigation and two search missions in the southern Indian Ocean.
In the immediate aftermath of the Boeing 777’s disappearance, all the countries who had citizens on board the plane were asked by the Malaysian authorities to conduct a background check on them. All complied with this, except two countries: Russia and Ukraine.
What was found?
On May 1, 2014, the Malaysian government published a list of all the passengers’ names along with each one’s nationality and their assigned seat. Russia only had one citizen on the plane – Nikolai Brodsky – who was sitting in business class seat 3K.
His wife Elena gave several interviews to local media after MH370 vanished, in which she said she was sure her husband was still alive. She told Komsomolskaya Pavda: “He’ll be back, and he will tell all.” While the Russians refused to give much information about Mr. Brodsky, aviation expert and journalist Jeff Wise took it upon himself to investigate the mystery passenger.
He wrote in his 2015 book ‘The Plane That Wasn’t There’: “I felt it incumbent upon myself to learn as much as I could about these men. “I spent half a year searching the web and hiring translators, reporters and investigators in Russia and Ukraine.”
While he could find little about the two Ukrainians on board, the investigation revealed that Mr. Brodsky was a 43-year-old businessman from Irkutz, one of Siberia’s largest cities.
The freelance investigators also managed to interview several people who knew him to find out more. Mr. Brodksy was born in 1971 and raised in Irkutz, but moved with his family to the eastern province of Yakutia when he was eight.
He then returned to Irkutz when he was 16 and attended a local polytechnic, but was apparently a poor student. When he was 18, his girlfriend Nadia became pregnant, so they married and moved back to Yakutia along with Mr. Brodsky’s parents.
Who was the man?
However, the marriage was reportedly unhappy so Nadia left and returned to Irkutz. Mr. Brodsky followed, but the marriage ended soon after. He then moved to a smaller town further north, where he worked for a timber products company, then set up his own wood products business.
Mr. Brodsky's passion was scuba diving and was an instructor with the local scuba club. He loved making regular dives under the ice near Lake Baikal.
At the time of his disappearance, he was on the way back from an 11-day club trip to Bali. This was unusual, however, because he preferred diving in cold water, not taking long trips abroad for diving in warm water.
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