A crew member of a Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) P-3K2-Orion aircraft helps to look for objects during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in flight over the Indian Ocean on April 13, 2014 off the coast of Perth, Australia. S
MH370: Every piece of debris counts
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Amelia Earhart and Bermuda triangle are other lingering mysteries

It will be difficult for families to get closure if no bodies are found

Billions in insurance claims will likely be paid out

Technology and policies will change as a result of MH370

CNN  — 

More than a month and a half into the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the murmurs are growing louder.

What if the Boeing 777 that disappeared over the southern Indian Ocean is never found?

It was a dismissible thought at first. After all, how could a jetliner carrying 239 passengers and crew simply disappear without a trace?

But so much time is passing with no debris, no oil slick and no bodies.

What if?

1. It will go down as one of the world’s most enduring mysteries

The disappearance of Flight 370 would rank right up there with Amelia Earhart. This story has intrigued folks for generations.

The swashbuckling aviatrix and pioneering woman embarked on the first around-the-world flight at the Equator in June 1937. After completing about two-thirds of the flight, she and navigator Frederick Noonan disappeared.