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Stranger & stranger: The disappearance of Malaysia Arlines Flight MH370

Nearly a week after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace, what really happened is even more a mystery. Things are even more confusing.

Malaysia's Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein: "There is no real precedent for a situation like this. The plane vanished.'

Hussein categorically denies U.S. claims that the jet "could have 'flown for four hours' after the last-known contact."

And the transport minister says Chinese satellite images that were said to show debris from the missing plane were released by mistake.

Well, this is indeed an unprecedented situation. This real-life tragedy reads like a Hollywood script.

Conventional news judgment holds the farther away news happens, the less interested average people are. But average people are talking about this story around the water-cooler. People toss around conspiracy theories.

Still, aviation history has seen its share of bizarre accidents, and Asia has seen its share of sabotage disasters.

From John McBeth, currently a Jakarta-based columnist for The STRAITS TIMES of Singapore, formerly correspondent for The FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW, in The ASIA TIMES on line...


Posted at 8:42am on March 13, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Thu, Mar 13, 2014 9:36am
Another theory floating around is that this was a "successful" shoe-bomb mission by AlQaeda...

In 2001, Badat and fellow Briton Richard Reid were ordered by Al-Qaeda leaders to blow two US airliners out of the sky with bombs hidden in their shoes.

But, while Reid tried and failed to detonate his bomb on a Paris to Miami flight, Badat changed his mind after returning home.

Badat told US prosecutors at the trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on Tuesday that he was given two shoe bombs, one which he took to Britain and the other which he gave to a Malaysian cell.

Thu, Mar 13, 2014 2:35pm
More likely it was ordered shot out of the sky by Malaysia's president. Earlier on that very day the president's opposition leader had his case overturned again, and was imprisoned. So someone leaving the country got on that plane and that plane got off the ground. As in a movie, there was only one option left for the president. This explains the odd behavior of the Malaysian military.

Thu, Mar 13, 2014 4:08pm
Unfortunately, in today's world of technology, we can't assume they landed on some remote island and have been surviving off the land, and lighting brush fires to signal airplanes.

Thu, Mar 13, 2014 7:23pm
South Korean agents had already shown they were adept at torturing political activists, but they tried a softer approach in this case. Placed in a car and driven around Seoul, Kim soon broke down after realizing everything she had been told about the South was a lie.

"I deserved the death penalty for what I did, but I believe my life was spared because I was the only witness to this terror perpetrated by North Korea," she said in an interview last year. "As the only witness, it is my destiny to testify about the truth."

Mon, Mar 17, 2014 11:00pm
Here is a piece from the Guardian on how journalism (reporting of facts) takes a dive whenever a mystery becomes the top story.


Call it our love of predictions and speculation. Especially now that March Madness has set itself and the sports department should immediately blog a bracket thread (announce it is there on every newscast and talk show), encouraging everyone to make recommendations and offer tips with their brackets, and trade information on contests like Quicken - which this year is offering a billion dollars - and that brings up our human love for guessing at random things based on principles and emotions and hoping we are right....

That said, here is a new theory an airplane hobbyist came up with, and because it is from a hobbyist (and we know how expert hobbyists can be) I'm taking this theory as having much more worth than a grain of salt... (now that the transponder-satellite connection disproved my Malaysian shooting-down theory)...


Mon, Mar 17, 2014 11:07pm
My new guess is it is in Iran. Northeast quadrant to be exact.

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