Missing flight 370 sparks mystery mongering (Several Updates)

As each hour goes by with no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 strange ideas evolve about what happened to it. Mystery and conspiracy sites are abuzz with imaginative explanations including UFO abduction. It’s been days since the passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, disappeared (8 March 2014) with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board. No pieces have been found.

The oil slick found as the first obvious clue to a plane wreckage has turned out NOT to be jet fuel. There have been frequent references to UFO encounters and a false flag operation. But there is zero evidence for such.

This youtube clip is reportedly the radar playback showing the plane making a turn and then disappearing.

The radar playback depicts dozens of planes in flight over the region at the time. The first peculiarity is seen in the lower left of the screen. A round object appears in the vicinity of Flight 370 (and amid several others), which the radar does not automatically “read” as airplane. Suddenly, this round object take the form of a “plane” on the radar screen and accelerates at a rate of speed that must be at least five times the speed of the surrounding planes, heading eastward, over the South China Sea – and just as suddenly the object stops and appears to hover in place.

During this same time, there is some evidence that shortly after crossing the Malaysian Peninsula, Flight 370 was in trouble. The radar playback shows that the plane took three sharp turns: right, left, right at an altitude of 35,000 feet and at a speed of 473 knots – just before the radar readings instantly go from 35,000 feet to 0, with the plane still traveling at that speed for a few moments more, at 0 feet altitude before it vanishes from the screen. As of this writing, this plane remains missing, even though the sea is relatively shallow in the area where the lane went missing.

via UFOs/Interdimensional/Ultraterrestrials UFO in the Radar Readings of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

John Ventre, the Pennsylvania State Director of MUFON, the self-proclaimed Earthbound experts on UFOs, wrote, “the plane (Malaysia Airlines Flight 370) and its passengers were abducted by extraterrestrials.”

via MUFON State Director Claims Malaysia Airline 370 Was Abducted by Extraterrestrials – CNN iReport.

OH REALLY? How do you know THAT Mr. Ventre. (Ridiculous!)

Possible logical explanations include: Midair disintegration, technical failure, complete electrical failure, terrorism, intentional ditching or a combination of things.

Lost: The mysterious, baffling disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 – The Washington Post.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is the kind of mystery that’s not supposed to be possible anymore. The Information Age is also the age of surveillance, of interconnectedness, of cloud computing, of GPS satellites, of intelligence agencies that can monitor terrorists from space or call in a drone strike from a control console on the other side of the world.

But so far, all the technological eyes and ears of the world have failed to find the missing plane. The Boeing 777 jetliner, with 239 people aboard, silently vanished early Saturday morning on its way to China, disappearing from radar so suddenly and inexplicably that it might as well have flown into another dimension.

Multinational search teams are searching for the jet but the area is vast.

[M]ore than 40 planes and more than two dozen ships from several countries were involved in the search. Two reconnaissance aircraft from Australia and one plane and five sea vessels from Indonesia were the latest additions, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the director general of civil aviation in Malaysia, told reporters Sunday. In addition, the Chinese navy dispatched a frigate and an amphibious landing ship, according to an online post by China’s navy.

Those reinforcements join the rescue teams already scouring the South China Sea, near the Gulf of Thailand, for any sign of where the flight, operated by Malaysia’s flagship airline, might have gone down, Malaysian authorities said.

And now with speculation that it may have turned and continued, the search area has expanded significantly.

It likely will take considerable time to unravel the mystery. When Air France Flight 447 disappeared in 2009, en route from Rio De Janeiro to Paris, communications also ended suddenly without warning of problems. It took five days to locate the wreckage and bodies in the ocean and then two years to find the black box in order to figure out the cause which was blamed on a series of pilot errors in reaction to technical problems.

Many media outlets are characterizing this as an “unprecedented mystery”. It’s hard to fathom how we could fall to locate an entire plane after a few days. Six days later, it is indeed unprecedented. New Statesman | Five theories to explain how Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have disappeared.

Asian Bermuda Triangle? Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Is There a Bermuda Triangle Connection? Er… no. There isn’t even a real Bermuda Triangle mystery, no need to invent another one for no reason.

There is NO justification to resort to paranormal or supernatural explanations at this point. We have not nearly exhausted all the normal explanations. And even then, it may remain a mystery but that does not equate to paranormal.

No wreckage has been located in Vietnam as originally suspected.

Still, other possible causes would seem just as likely at this stage, including a catastrophic failure of the plane’s engines, extreme turbulence, or pilot error or even suicide. Establishing what happened with any certainty will need data from flight recorders and a detailed examination of any debris, something that will take months if not years.

What does it mean that their phones ring but aren’t answered? Have they been confiscated? Not underwater? Still have battery life?

19 families have signed a joint statement saying that their family members’ cell phones connected, but the calls hung up. The relatives have asked Malaysia Airlines to reveal any information they might be hiding, seeking an explanation for the eerie phone connections. The relatives have complained that the Malaysina Airlines is not responding as actively as it should.

Turns out it’s just how the network works.

This is bound to fuel controversy of conspiracies: Malaysian response to missing plane under scrutiny. But, mistakes are to be expected in such a chaotic situation as new and better info comes in. In fact, it might be suspicious if everyone agreed!

An example of a mixup is the problem with the missing legs in the photographs of the two Iranian passengers.

Timeline of events.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

MH370 brings bomohs, preachers and psychics out – Yahoo News Malaysia.

Please post links or message the editor editor@doubtfulnews.com if you see interesting developments in this story. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATES (Note: these sites are NOT recommended as reliable sources of info):

  • Before it’s news posts that “Malaysia Plane Hidden With Electronic Weaponry? 20 High-Tech EW Defense Passengers” with the allegation that the plane is cloaked and had deviated off course. Some of the passengers reportedly worked on electronic technologies.
  • A comment on this Chinese site suggests they entered a space/time portal. And people are pretty open to the Bermuda Triangle being a genuine mystery of the same sort but it’s not. There is not suspicious about so-called devil’s triangles.
  • North Korea hijacked it. This comes from Reddit. However, there is no evidence and wouldn’t we have heard about it? That is giving Kim Jong-un perhaps more credit than deserved.
  • Jammed communications from a military jet.This is based on the strange maneuvers observed on radar by the missing plane and another plane. Couldn’t these be investigated? Is it possible to knock out all communication? It seems there would be more evidence for such an event.
  • Hijacked to later use as a missile in China. That raises more questions than answers. It does not explain how it disappeared. It just skips over that part and speculates on a continuing story. Not helpful.
  • Pilot suicide. This may have happened before but there is currently no evidence to suggest this is true in this case.
  • A Hollywood stunt for marketing of a new “Lost”. Sorry, I can’t think that poorly of people, even Hollywood, to pull such a stunt. Also raises more questions since hundreds of REAL people are missing.
  • It never existed. Illuminati. Nope, I don’t get that either. People are imaginative.
  • Aliens – the default response. Zero evidence of aliens let alone that they took the plane. But it would make a great movie and is making a great story to imagine. It should NOT even be mentioned, it’s so absurd.

Internet forums are chock full of similar fantastic ideas. I don’t have the time or patience to scan them all but the bottom line is none of them are ANY good. We have no facts to go on. If nothing shows up, we can’t conclude anything more than we don’t know. It’s not logical to jump to a paranormal conclusion. There are also WAY too many to chose from!

UPDATE (14-Mar-2014)

Malaysia recruits a witch doctor to help find the plane. And yes, most people realize how ridiculous this looks. Fark had a great headline on this: “Ooo, ee, oo, ah-ah. Ting tang, walla-walla bing bang”

Ibrahim Mat Zin, also known as the Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP, led a spectacle of sorts on Monday when he performed bomoh, or shaman, rituals at the international airport, in full view of dozens of reporters from around the world who’ve descended on the Malaysian capital since the plane disappeared Saturday on its way to Beijing.

Chinese ridicule Malaysia’s recruitment of ‘witch doctor’ to track missing plane | South China Morning Post.

New information has come out to show the plane continued on based on “pings” to satellites from the Rolls Royce engines. Rolls Royce knows the answers to some questions but is not going public. The suggests the transponder was deliberately shut off. But the data reporting system was shut off several minutes prior to that. The idea of a hijacking is still on the table. The plane may even have made it to Pakistan.

One original idea is that a slow decompression killed the systems and suffocated the pilots and the passengers.

From Snopes: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was made to disappear so one party could gain control of a multiply-owned patent.

Editors note: This has been repeatedly updated to include additional links and info and to correct mistakes as noted by commenters. Last edited 3-15-14 4:43 PM Eastern time

  37 comments for “Missing flight 370 sparks mystery mongering (Several Updates)

  1. Rich
    March 10, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    You’d like to think that conspiracists would at least wait until the bodies were recovered before turning the demise of 230 people into sensational fiction. But no.

    • Pierre
      March 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Conspiracy theorists don’t even wait for the bodies to be cold. Alex Jones cried conspiracy as soon as the Boston Marathon bombing and Newtown school shooting happened.

  2. Frederick
    March 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    When you say These stie a suppose you say the ufos one, or you meant The Telegraph and wiki?
    When i heard the news 2 days ago, i thought of that Airfrance flight, And also thought, “mysteriously disappear” Media done it again, they just gave fuel to UFO/conspiracy mongers just by using those 2 word. Today i was curious about that so i turn on here, knowing that info here will be reliable.

    @Rich No they won’t the “leaders” of those peoples make lot of money selling books, dvd, radio shows etc . They have no interest in being respectful and rational. And that’s a shame.

    • WMcCreery
      March 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      They don’t need fuel, they work from perpetual motion!

      • Frederick
        March 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        DuH yeah a forgot, FREE ENERGY, out of nowhere from alien tech!

  3. LarryArnold
    March 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Agree w/ Rich. Nothing is publicly known at this point about Malaysia 370 to require invoking time-warps, dimensional displacements, a UFO collision, etc etc. To do so diminishes serious inquiry, and surely diminishes (or should) the credibility of those who raise the spectre of anything paranormal at this point.

    • Graham
      March 15, 2014 at 4:55 AM

      While mention of this story has not been as linked to MH370 as “Lost”, I do think that it has a better blending of the elements invoked so far (Plane hijacked by own crew, flying saucers, ancient aliens, contactees, separatist groups & an exploding volcano!)

      Tintin: Flight 714

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_714

  4. RDW
    March 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    just a guess, but i’d think this were likely an act of terrorism carried out by the two people on board with the stolen passports. the unusual movements of the jet might denote a struggle for control so that the plane could be crashed into some specific target, like on september 11, and when that failed, the terrorists blew themselves up. just a guess, though.

    • March 10, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      The false passports thing may be a red herring. It’s quite common it seems.

  5. March 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    With it going too long with us knowing too little (much like Air France flight 447), I’d be surprised NOT to hear such things – the Bermuda Triangle type vortex/phenomenon had already crossed my mind as something someone might say.

    Here’s an article (is Yahoo trustable?) that will surely add to the instant conspiracies – the cellphones of some passengers are ringing, though not being answered:
    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-passengers-mobile-phones-074447403.html#z9O1LTg

  6. F-89
    March 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    What in the name of all things is an Ultraterrestrial? -or has the term extraterrestrial become so overused in their reporting that this had to be made up?

  7. bev
    March 11, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    also at 1:45 the plane which is behind the plane off screen that is ‘stalling’ suddenly does a 180 degrees turn and starts flying in the other direction????? what is that?

    • Geoff Offermann
      March 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      That is odd. The only explanation I can think of is that they are actually two different planes.

    • Geoff Offermann
      March 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      I watched the flight paths myself on FlightRadar24. It seems like these anomalies show up quite a bit.

    • Luke
      March 19, 2014 at 5:53 AM

      Never used FR24 before but research does the difference:
      It’s not actual radar data, it is mostly transponder data received by a network of volunteers.
      There is no complete coverage and the ’round object’ is generated by the program and does not reflect the actual shape of the plane.
      The sudden zeros probably indicate a signal loss and are not likely to be actual data.
      But one shouldn’t let reality and 10 minutes of reading the FAQs get in the way of a nice conspiracy theorie.
      Offermann is right, quite a few anomalies on FR24, so nothing unusual there.

  8. March 11, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Thank you for your insightful article. Facts are facts all we can verify is that the plane just hasn’t been found. you’re providing a invaluable service/ resource by writing with common sense. I’ll share it.

  9. Adam
    March 11, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    Some people obviously see phrases such as “mystery”, “we don’t know”, “disappeared” as a challenge to fill in the blanks with the most fantastic explanation their minds can come up with. Aliens, government super weapons, abductions, false flag etc.

    At the moment they’re unburdened by any evidence to the contrary and I expect when evidence does arise that bursts their fantasy they’ll find a way to rationalise it away.

    • March 11, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      That’s exactly it. I admit this is a real mystery. Fascinating. But there is still no reason to resort to extreme claims that can’t be proven. In fact, all we can ever say is we don’t know what happened. Because we can’t know until facts can be established. Wild speculation however will continue.

      I’ve noticed a huge surge in views on this page via the search term “Flight 370 conspiracy”. I expect this will only get worse no matter what is found or not found.

  10. DrJen
    March 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    To clarify, regarding the Flight 447 incident, it wasn’t two years before any evidence of the crash was found: “Bodies and debris from the Rio de Janeiro-to-Paris flight emerged in the days and weeks following the crash, but investigators took nearly two years to retrieve the main wreckage and “black boxes” from Flight 447.” (USA Today)

  11. Al
    March 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    The comment about the Air France plane did leave out that there was a survivor. One person survived and was found by boats patrolling the area. The fact that nothing has been found is rare. It took two years to find most of the wreckage but there was plenty of debris in the ocean.

    • Castanea
      March 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      I do not recall any survivors of the Air France crash.

    • Geoff Offermann
      March 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      There were no survivors.

  12. March 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Can a cell phone ring if the device is no longer working, out of minutes or other problem? It seems I make calls to non-working numbers all the time (well, some times) and get a ring — followed by whatever error message applies.

  13. Graham
    March 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    One small correction to a linked article. In the News.com.au list of ‘Ghost Flights’ the Star Tiger & Star Ariel were not jet aircraft, they were propeller driven Avro Tudor IV’s (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Tudor).

  14. John
    March 12, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Really. These gutless internet warriors who make outrageous claims about UFO abductions. The poor innocent families don’t need to hear that unfounded rubbish. How hurtful. Totally disrespectful.

    Besides, this is clearly the work of CTHULHU!

    “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”

  15. Geoff Offermann
    March 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    “Here the plane takes a sharp right turn.”

    Hmmmm…I’m doubtful that this app (I believe it’s FlightRadar24) or GPS even are capable of accurately displaying reliable instantaneous headings. The display is not an accurate measure.

  16. Niall Forrester
    March 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Regarding the cell phone thing, there is no direct link between the calling phone and the receiving phone in a cellular network – that they are ‘ringing’ is most likely just an artifact of the way the network works

  17. lawn
    March 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Raccoons. That’s what’s going on. Raccoons.

  18. John Nowak
    March 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I wonder if a submarine heard it impact the water?

  19. Count Otto Black
    March 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    To clarify a somewhat surreal point a few people seem to be in the dark about, “ultraterrestrial” is a term invented by the late John Keel, he of Mothman fame. The basic idea is that extraterrestrials come from a planet other than this one, but ultraterrestrials aren’t from anywhere in the known universe. They inhabit another universe, dimension or reality altogether, therefore they don’t have to travel across space to get here, or conform to our laws of physics, or indeed anything else. Their motivation and true nature are utterly unguessable and possibly unknowable, and the only thing we can say about them for sure is that they must possess immense, perhaps even godlike powers to be able to get here in the first place.

    So what it boils down to is that ultraterrestrials have no limitations whatsoever on what they can do, it’s impossible to logically guess their motives, and none of the usual objections to the notion that space-aliens are constantly visiting this planet in huge numbers over interstellar distances apply to them. In other words, any alleged Fortean phenomenon whatsoever, no matter how improbable or absurd, can be blamed on ultraterrestrials. Astute readers will already have noticed that this is identical to saying that fairies did it by magic, with the embarrassing word “fairy” replaced by a spacey-sounding neologism, and “magic” replaced by “incredibly advanced technology whose capabilities we can’t even begin to guess”.

    Strangely, this concept seems to owe a great deal to a couple of obscure but long-established comic-book characters who won’t be appearing in those grittily rebooted superhero movies any time soon. I refer of course to Superman’s foe Mr. Mxyzptlk from the planet Zrfff in the Fifth Dimension, and his even more embarrassing cousin Bat-Mite.

    • F-89
      March 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Thank you for the explanation. In a way I was right-the term extraterrestrial has been so overused, a new term had to made up to cover what even the E.T’s couldn’t do.
      Jeeze, this rabbit hole will never end, will it?

    • John Nowak
      March 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Thanks for the info. ‘Tis a bizarre rabbit hole indeed.

      The low-probability but still rational explanation of a meteor strike still seems more plausible, but I suspect everyone knew that.

  20. tarani
    March 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    I totally agree with you! But why not there is a cut off frequency on the plane?? If there is, they cant send emergency call !!

  21. March 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    A good explanation of how the plane could have eluded radar. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/how-could-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-go-off-the-radar-1.2568713

    Note this last quote: “For some (unknown to us) reason, the major carriers continue to rely exclusively on old technology to track their aircraft when one of our boxes could be tucked into an out-of-the-way spot on the aircraft to report location on a continuous basis, including on an accelerated basis right up to the point of impact in the event of a crash,” Parrish said in an email.

  22. Graham
    March 24, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    SorchaFaal is at it again with claims that MH370 was diverted to Diego Garica…

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/malaysiacapture.asp

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