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March 19, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues, the mysterious disappearance is spawning a host of theories, ranging in plausibility from high to low.

Some recent theories on the tragedy include:

Plane was hijacked by stowaways hiding under the floorboards. Well, not exactly under the floorboards, but under the floor. AirlineRatings.com has given exposure to this theory by Philip Baum, editor of trade journal Aviation Security, who says the hijackers may not have been on a passenger list but hiding aboard the B777.

Stowaways on planes are not new, Baum wrote. While most stowaways clamber into wheel wells, some have in the past secreted themselves aboard aircraft, often disguised as airport staff.

“At almost every major international airport in the world, criminal activity of one type or another takes place in what are supposed to be sterile zones,” Baum said.

“It is certainly a possibility that, in an airport the size of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, individuals, with or without the knowledge of the crew of MH 370, and with or without technical knowledge as to how to disable an aircraft’s communication systems, could have managed to secrete themselves on board.”

On the Boeing 777, the perfect pace to stow away, apparently, is in the main equipment bay, located below the main deck just behind the cockpit. Access is via a door in the cabin floor in close proximity to the main passenger entry door. This is typically hidden by carpet. 

The plane flew in the ‘shadow’ of another. Hobby pilot and aviation enthusiast Keith Ledgerwood says he has found evidence of another airliner in the sky, a Singapore Airlines flight, in the immediate vicinity of the missing MH370 flight at precisely the same time.

He goes on to write:

“Singapore Airlines Flight 68 proceeded across the Andaman Sea into the Bay of Bengal and finally into India’s airspace. From there it appears to have proceeded across India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and finally Turkmenistan before proceeding onward across Europe to its final destination of Barcelona, Spain.

“It is my belief that MH370 likely flew in the shadow of SIA68 through India and Afghanistan airspace. As MH370 was flying ‘dark’ without transponder / ADS-B output, SIA68 would have had no knowledge that MH370 was anywhere around and as it entered Indian airspace, it would have shown up as one single blip on the radar… 250x250

“Once MH370 had cleared the volatile airspaces and was safe from being detected by military radar sites in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan it would have been free to break off from the shadow of SIA68 and could have then flown a path to it’s final landing site. There are several locations along the flight path of SIA68 where it could have easily broken contact and flown and landed in Xingjian province, Kyrgyzstan, or Turkmenistan. Each of these final locations would match up almost perfectly with the 7.5 hours of total flight time and trailing SIA68.”

Anyone interested in pursuing this theory should consult full details on Ledgerwood’s Tumblr page.

It was a 9/11-style attempt to attack Malaysia. An article in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper claims that evidence of a plot by Malaysian Islamists to “hijack a passenger jet in a 9/11-style attack” was being investigated in connection with the disappearance of flight MH370.

“An al-Qaeda supergrass told a court last week that four to five Malaysian men had been planning to take control of a plane, using a bomb hidden in a shoe to blow open the cockpit door,” the paper reported. The supergrass apparently said that he had met the Malaysian jihadists – one of whom was a pilot – in Afghanistan and given them a shoe bomb to use to take control of an aircraft.

The paper speculates that the pilots might have been overpowered “and the plane intended for use as a fuel-filled bomb”. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 until 2004, were a likely target. If that theory is true, the plot obviously went wrong somewhere.

Other analysts pour scorn on this theory. “If attacking the Kuala Lumpur skyline was the objective, why fly for 40 minutes to the Gulf of Thailand, when it’s only a few minutes after liftoff to go directly to the main event?” asks aviation reporter Ben Sandilands in his Plane Talking blog on crikey.com.au

Seriously weird theories are proliferating as well. Speculation about aliens – or masters of the universe who can make aircraft disappear without trace – are bubbling up from the murkier recesses of the internet.

Some of the wackier theories circulating include:

Kidnapped: The plane somehow landed somewhere without leaving a radar signature of any kind. The passengers are being held hostage by a band of mysterious terrorists, or extra-terrestrials.

Stargate, or the Hole in the Universe: A teleportation portal exists in the skies, through which the plane inadvertently flew and was teleported somewhere else through a hole in the fabric of space and time.

Advanced military weapons: This, taken directly from a website, runs as follows: “Some military entity, either human or non-human, was testing an advanced weapon capable of either instantly obliterating large airborne objects or teleporting them to another place (or dimension).”

Think super-lasers, death rays or ultra-sound cannons.

The website, www.naturalnews.com, adds: “This explanation seems incredibly far-fetched, but then again, barely a hundred years ago, so did the idea that machines could ever fly at all. Related to this is the legend of the Philadelphia Experiment which some believe caused a US Navy ship to vanish and reappear.”

The Philadelphia Experiment, said to have been conducted in 1943, is thought to have been a hoax.

Meanwhile, the search for flight MH370 continues, with Australia in charge of directing the Indian Ocean search from Perth.

Written by : Peter Needham

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