Malaysia’s Latest Wishful Thinking on MH370

March 25, 2014

By Cole

If only wishing could make it so.

Malaysia’s prime minister announced yesterday that they’re presuming everyone on Flight MH370 perished in the southern Indian Ocean, based on some brand-new way to analyze the data that British satellite firm Inmarsat collected.

So, with no debris and based on some one-off calculation whose accuracy has never been tested, what’s next? To end the search because it’s getting too pricey?

If information about the pings can be believed, the story is that the plane probably flew until it ran out of fuel, then fell out of the sky. It must have hit the water pretty hard, which in other crashes has left bits of plane all over the place.

Hell, even RMS Titanic, SITTING on the water, left a huge debris field that was found by ships without any high-tech tracking devices, because large objects like planes and ships hold a lot of buoyant materials, and they tend to escape as the thing sinks and breaks up under pressure.

But somehow MH370 sliced through the water clean and intact, leaving not enough of anything for anybody to find and positively identify.

Now it seems that even China, who has seemed unusually quiet in spite of being home to nearly 2/3 of the passengers on board, is getting suspicious, demanding to see the satellite data in question. Does China have another theory about what happened?

At this point, I might consider the possibility that the plane was shot down, after it lost contact and veered off course, by some country that refuses to confess. The backlash over killing innocent civilians for no good reason would be terrible

If the Malaysian government is sincere about one thing in this matter, it seems to be in wishing to make all those screaming relatives shut up and go away, and I think they’ll say whatever it takes to make that happen.

But until I see definitive proof from the Indian Ocean, I still don’t think we’ve seen the last of that plane, and it won’t be a pile of debris.


A Cat’s Theory on Flight MH370

March 14, 2014

By Cole

After sitting many hours this week with paws pensively curled, reading and watching news unfold on this “greatest mystery in modern aviation history,” I’ve got some ideas.

Ground sources lost contact with the plane less than an hour after takeoff, yet the plane continued transmitting pings for 4 hours. And military radar may have spotted it 45 minutes after last official contact.

They think it deliberately turned west and continued on a route plotted between established waypoints, which would indicate carefully premeditated effort to further avoid detection.

It seems that mechanical failure should be the most far-fetched scenario now. Maps showing how far the plane could have traveled in 4 hours include a LOT of land.

No wreckage or bodies have surfaced in a week, either near the oil slicks nor anywhere else.

If it was a third-party hijacking or sabotage, why crash the plane where nobody could ever find it, ascertain what happened, or who did it? The act would become totally pointless.

I think all signs indicate the plane landed somewhere, intact, and a group of terrorists are holding 239 hostages, getting more giddy with every hour of the futile search they watch on CNN.

We don’t know how many hundreds of millions of dollars the countries searching will have to squander before the perps think it’s enough to reveal themselves.

Perhaps the world will unwittingly tip the bad guys’ hand by losing interest and giving up. When CNN starts saying “MH370” and “Amelia Earhart” in the same sentence, the terrorists had better speak up before nobody gives a damn.

We just saw Putin flip the world the bird by invading Crimea. I suspect this missing plane could be Al Qaeda’s way of announcing, “We’re back in the game, baby!”

It would have been Step One on board to confiscate all electronic devices so the passengers would have no way of contacting help. If they’re now on an island or in some other remote location, such devices probably wouldn’t work anyway.

I’m hoping I’m right because it means that those innocent people still have a chance of surviving this. Rescuers just need to quit playing in the water and go find them.


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