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The mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner

I happened to be waiting in a line at a convenience store over the weekend when a man - waiting in line with a newspaper - shook his head as he read the headline about the missing Boeing 777, and told the clerk, "No way I'm flying again".

I resisted the impulse to respond that commercial aviation remains the safest means of transport in the world, vastly safer (exponentially) than all forms of terrestrial transport. I didn't blurt out anything because (a). I didn't want to create an incident; you never know how someone will respond, and (b). My own inconsistency on this issue. I avoid air travel like the plague and much prefer driving whenever possible. Post 9-11 screening has even further driven my aversion.

Still, let's face it -- even though halfway around the world -- the missing Malaysia Airliners jetliner is a big story precisely because such tragedies are so very rare, and, of course, that fact that this aircraft, with 239 people on board just vanished without any emergency call, without any debris.

Terrorism? On first consideration, it would make little sense to target a Malaysian aircraft, unless separatists from far western China ("East Turkistan") or other anti-Beijing elements were targeting China, since so many Chinese were on board.

From The ASIA TIMES on line:


http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-100314.html

Posted at 8:09am on March 10, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

EarlGrey
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 9:30am
Terrorism? On first consideration, it would make little sense to target a Malaysian aircraft, unless separatists from far western China ("East Turkistan") or other anti-Beijing elements were targeting China, since so many Chinese were on board.

It was separatist forces from Xinjiang, home to the mostly-Muslim Uygur minority, who recently attacked civilians at a train station in Kunming, China (killing 33 and injuring 130 people). So is it that far-fetched to think this same terrorist group could hijack and blow up a plane? The two passports stolen from Thailand and used by two passengers also adds to the terrorist possibility... but who knows?

http://www.apnnews.com/2014/03/02/china-blames-islamist-militants-for-terror-attack/

...or, the disappearance could be something as simple as poor plane maintenance by Malaysian Airlines.

Allan Loudell
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 9:44am
No, it's not completely far-fetched, which is why I mentioned it.

But, if a group seeks international support, much better to limit the carnage to the target group (Chinese) than to an international flight likely to be carrying passengers of many nationalities.


JimH
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 10:46am
Interesting to read that our spy satellites recorded no sign of an explosion. That is where my thoughts were leaning.

mrpizza
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 7:53pm
I think it was just an unfortunate accident. At some point, scattered debris and body parts will likely be discovered on a mountain somewhere.

kavips
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 8:56am
I think you are all wrong. I think it was landed in the ocean on a runway of underwater lights, and then was purposefully sunk, so divers could open the cargo bay and take out something highly secret. Probably plutonium... Most likely the British Mi6 have their special agent on it right now... Most likely sometime in the next couple of days, our TV's will go fuzzy and the criminal element behind this heist will interrupt regular programing everywhere to give the world their extortive demands...


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