You knew this was coming… the speculation about what happened to MH370 in book form. It’s a sickening ploy for money, not answers.
Seventy-one days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, the first book about the disaster will go on sale on Monday with a theory about what might have happened.
Flight MH370 The Mystery, which is made available by NewSouth Books in Sydney, doesn’t claim to have any answers but to some extent supports the theory that the aircraft may have been accidentally shot down during a joint Thai-US military exercise in the South China Sea. Searchers were then possibly led in the wrong direction to cover up the mistake, it suggests.
“It suggests…” Anyone could suggest anything. Sadly, many people have a hard time judging evidence from made-up speculation and will take this as rational. Will aliens or wormhole be next? Will people eat this stuff up or rightfully throw it in the rubbish bin? Will MH370 become one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries that will spawn a hundred kooky fringe explanations? Probably. That’s the way these things usually go. It wouldn’t be bad if people understood this is baseless. But that’s not what happens. They will take it seriously, no doubt. We’ve seen it for every catastrophe in the past decade (and beyond).
Commenters on the book say it’s too soon. No one knows what happened yet. To speculate without evidence is irresponsible, not “sceptical”, as the author says. “Skepticism” is based on evidence there is currently not enough to make a conclusion on this. Even if the bottom line is “I don’t know but maybe this insane story is true,” that’s so blatantly a money grab.