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Terrorism recedes but oddballs emerge in MAS mystery

March 12, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The likelihood of terrorism being involved in the downing of MAS flight MH370 is receding after more facts emerge about the two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports. They seem unlikely to have been terrorists.

Other theories about the downing of the plane – some plausible and others downright bizarre, are also emerging.

After Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the two passengers on stolen passports were both black and probably of African appearance, his description turned out to be plain wrong.

Azharuddin had compared their appearance to Mario Balotelli, a professional Italian footballer who plays for AC Milan. Balotelli is Italian-born, but as both his parents were immigrants from Ghana in West Africa, he is of black African appearance.

Last night, however, pictures of the two suspects who boarded MAS flight 370 were released. As it happens, neither is black. They are said to have been Iranians en route to Germany hoping to seek asylum. They were aged 18 and 29 and they are not considered to have been terrorists.

The younger Iranian’s mother was waiting in Frankfurt for her son to arrive and contacted police when he didn’t show up. She is no doubt just as heartbroken as the relatives of other passengers on the plane.

At the same time, a senior Malaysian military official has now suggested the plane not only turned around but flew back across the Malay peninsula and made it into the Malacca Strait.

The Guardian is reporting this morning that air force chief Tan Sri Rodzali Daud said the plane was detected at 2.40am near Pulau Perak, an island in the Malacca Strait, several hundred kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur.

“After that, the signal from the plane was lost,” he told the Berita Harian, a Malay-language newspaper.

Meanwhile, as contradictory reports follow each other out of Malaysia, wackier theories are surfacing. The absence of any trace of the plane, debris or wreckage is deeply psychologically unsettling. People like explanations, and mysteries provide a trigger for various outré theories, as they did after the downing of the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September 2001.

Some websites are suggesting that MAS flight MH370 may have flown through a warp in the space-time continuum and entered another universe. Alien abduction is another idea.

A more plausible, but nonetheless scary, alternative lies in the fact that China issued a series of warnings about North Korean missiles, including one that crossed paths with a Chinese airliner carrying 220 people just last week.

On Friday, China complained to North Korea after a North Korean missile came dangerously close to a civilian jet last Tuesday. The aircraft had departed Tokyo’s Narita airport en route to the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang.

One day earlier, South Korea’s defence ministry released a statement saying the Chinese civilian plane had “passed as the ballistic missile [from North Korea] was in the course of descending”.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters, “On this issue, we have already contacted the North Korean side to convey our deep concern. If any country is to hold training or exercises, it should take measures in accordance with international practice to ensure the safety of civil [facilities] in relevant airspace and maritime space.”

Qin told reporters that the Chinese jet was flying over international waters at an altitude of 32,800 feet when the missile passed.

“The rocket could have hit the plane on its way down,” he said. “North Korea had not given any warning. It was an unexpected and immoral act that goes against international norms.”

A week earlier, North Korea reportedly test-fired two short range missiles into the sea.

So that’s one possibility; plausible though unlikely. On stranger levels, speculation about aliens – or masters of the universe who can make aircraft disappear without trace – are bubbling up from the dark 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,, 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.

Written by Peter Needham

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