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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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