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March 20, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59With the search for the black box aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 having become a race against time, Iran’s possible involvement has again been raised. New theories speculate that the plane is intact somewhere, though not necessarily in Iran.

No matter where the plane is and what condition it is in, search teams have only 18 days left to find the flight recorder, or “black box”, as it will transmit a signal for only 30 days, American news company ABC News reports.

ABC said the black box had already lost a third of its battery life since the plane disappeared on 8 March with 239 people, including 12 crew members, aboard. PTM_250-x-250

Meanwhile, Iran cropped up from two perspectives. A veteran journalist in Iran said flight MH370 could have been hijacked and taken to a top-secret military base.

Malicious individuals aboard had taken control of the plane and made it steer off course, Nasser Namvar wrote in an article published on Iran’s state Press TV website.

Namvar said the site where the jetliner might have landed could be digitally protected to block any incoming signals that might be able to detect the aircraft.

“The airliner could have been taken to a top-secret location heavily protected by state-of-the-art electronic systems which send out beams to create a digital shield, a protective dome which not only traps any outgoing signal, but holds back incoming ones, making the area impenetrable to any digital transmission.”

He suggested the location must be a major military base to be able to accommodate the giant plane.

Another theory points the finger of suspicion directly at Iran. A former security chief for Israel’s national carrier El Al told the Times of Israel that investigators were correct initially in homing in on the two fake-passport carrying Iranian passengers on the doomed flight – and investigators had wasted valuable time by exploring other leads.

Isaac Yeffet, who served as head of global security for El Al in the 1980s and now works as an aviation security consultant in New Jersey, said that based on the stolen passports aspect, he believed Iran was involved.

“They hijacked the aircraft and they landed it in a place that nobody can see or find it.”

The story of two Iranians who had boarded the plane using stolen passports emerged early in the investigation, but faded after authorities identified the duo as asylum seekers and concluded they were unlikely to have been hijackers.

Attention then shifted to the pilots and to other matters. Yeffet concedes it would have taken more than a pair of Iranians with forged documents to pull off such an astonishing crime.

But based upon the tried-and-true Israeli intelligence strategy of profiling, the pilots, he said, were unlikely suspects.

The captain, he pointed out, was 53 and had worked for Malaysia Airlines for 30 years.

“And suddenly he became a terrorist?” Yeffet asked the newspaper’s reporter rhetorically. “He wanted to commit suicide? If he committed suicide, where is the debris?”

The Times of Israel also spoke to a former Israeli Air Force fighter pilot, now head of aviation research at Israel’s Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, who believed the plan was to fly the aircraft to a secret location. He held out hope that the passengers and crew were still alive.

“One of my theories is that the airplane landed in Bangladesh,” Lieutenant Colonel (Reserve) Eran Ramot told the paper. The plane could reach Bangladesh, Ramot said.

“It could have landed on airstrip there, and everybody on board is still alive. It could be done.”

Pini Schiff, one of Israel’s top aviation security experts, told the paper that the plane would eventually be found, whether it took a month or a year.

The aircraft didn’t vanish, Schiff declared. “It exists somewhere in the world, and it will be found, probably in one piece.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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