I know that this topic was long ago overcooked here on the Bubblews stove, but nonetheless I thought I would add my own pinch of salt to the recipe, because a lot of things just don’t make any sense at all in the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
It looks like aviation officials now feel pretty sure that Flight 370 was hijacked and deliberately taken off course, because satellite data shows that the plane was still transmitting messages almost eight hours after takeoff. The question, therefore, is who hijacked the plane and what were the very curious, almost inexplicable objectives of these hijackers?
Even though officials know the plane was still sending automated messages at 8:11 AM, seven hours and 20 minutes after its 12:41 AM takeoff, the messages only reveal the distance the plane was from the satellite at any given moment and cannot pinpoint the precise spot on earth from which the transmissions took place. Based on this data, officials have postulated two separate flight corridors; a northern one passing over China and eventually going over Kazakhstan, and a southern path that has the plane ending up in the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia.
Both of these theorized flight paths are very problematic and weird, to say the least. If terrorists hijacked the plane and took the northern course, neither China or any of the Central Asian Republicans over which the plane flew would have granted sanctuary to the aircraft, unless the enormous Boeing 777 was somehow able to slip through the complex air defense systems of India and China and find refuge in the hands of the Taliban or some other terrorist organization. Past practice, however, would suggest that Islamic terrorists would have used suicide bombers to blast the aircraft and all of its innocent victims out of the sky rather than landing the plane, which would have been impossible to squirrel away in some cramped Tora Bora cave. Furthermore, an enormous object like a 777 most definitely could be seen on spy satellites, bringing down a barrage of aerial destruction on whatever jihadist group nabbed it if this were the case.
The southern route doesn’t make any sense to me either. Why hijack a plane and then blow it up over the empty ocean? Wouldn’t a terrorist group prefer to make a statement by flying this aircraft into a notable building or at least nosedive it into a major population center, where its destruction would create a larger death toll and bigger headlines? Why not just fly it into Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world, since they were right there in the neighborhood anyway? Don’t get me wrong – all of these outcomes would have been tragic and undesirable, but since this is the way Islamic terrorists have operated in the past one would think that they would continue using the same modus operandi in this case too.
As for me, I’m still voting for the Stephen King Langoliers theory. In that story by the horror master, a large passenger aircraft disappears into a wormhole in the space-time continuum. Now that I’ve weighed all the various ideas about MH 370 in my head, I’ve concluded that this is the most logical theory so far.
Of course I’m only joking, so please stop murmuring about how insensitive I am. All I’m saying is that this is one of the weirdest airline disaster stories I can recall, and the most recent findings only make it weirder. If the tired old adage of “truth is stranger than fiction” has ever been accurate it certainly seems to be in this situation, and I think when we finally have the answer it is going to be stranger than anything the imagination of a horror writer like Stephen King could cook up.