Where In The World Is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Conspiracy Theorists Take To The Internet

On Saturday a Boeing 777 disappeared over the South China sea without a trace. We still have no idea where it is. Conspiracy theorists, start your browsers.

Details concerning the sudden, Saturday disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continue to trickle in. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, said the missing Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers presents an "unprecedented mystery."

Here's what we do know: The flight disappeared on Friday night/Saturday morning en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was at cruising altitude (35,000 feet) and weather was more or less clear. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam say contact with the crew disappeared about 120 nautical miles east of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and radar signals suggest the plane may have turned around before losing contact.

And yet, nearly three whole days later, there are still no signs of the jet or its passengers. And an oil slick spotted in the South China sea originally thought to be a clue turned out to be a false lead:

Two Italian passengers said to be aboard the flight turned out to be safe on the ground, when they told authorities that their passports had, in fact, been stolen earlier. Someone aboard the flight was said to be using them, one of whom resembled a famous soccer player:

Adding another wrinkle to the case, the Wall Street Journal reports that airliners "such as the Malaysian jet also carry emergency beacons to transmit the aircraft's location in the event of a mishap so that rescue teams can reach the site."

These beacons, called emergency locator devices, are activated by impact on land or water, along with other emergency communications equipment. Malaysia's aviation regulator said no signals were received from flight MH370's beacon.

"There are many theories that have been said in the media," Rahman said during a press conference. "Many experts around the world have contributed their expertise and knowledge about what could happen, what happened....We are puzzled as well."

Naturally, conspiracy theories are already flying left and right on social media. One theory suggests the plane's sudden disappearance is a "false flag" operation intentionally planted by CNN. Another claims that some relatives of the passengers onboard have even reported hearing their phones ring—but no one is answering.

Other tin foilers have gone so far as to suggest that the plane simply vanished. "If we never find the debris," writes one theorist, "it means some entirely new, mysterious and powerful force is at work on our planet which can pluck airplanes out of the sky without leaving behind even a shred of evidence."

Another, just as bizarre conspiracy theory suggests terrorists hijacked the plane, and have parked the plane intact in an abandoned hanger to use as "a weapon of mass destruction" in the future:

Over at Reddit, speculation is surprisingly measured. Says one user who claims to be a pilot:

At 35,000 feet they'd be able to travel another ~100-120 miles (far enough to reach the coast of Vietnam). Depending on the speed of the aircraft, it would take at least 15-30 minutes to reach the earth (or sea), giving them ample time to make a distress call. Throw in this weird stuff with the fake passports, and now reports that the plane apparently had attempted to turn back, and this makes me think something pretty sudden and catastrophic must have happened, and mechanical and/or pilot error seems unlikely in this case.

On Monday, China's state-run media blasted the Malaysian government's rescue efforts, arguing that initial reaction from the country "was not swift enough." Currently, at least 45 ships and 22 aircraft from nine countries, including the U.S., China, and more, are partaking in a joint multi-national rescue effort. "If [the disappearance] is due to a deadly mechanical breakdown or pilot error, then Malaysia Airlines should take the blame," wrote China's Global Times in a scathing editorial. "If this is a terrorist attack, then the security check at the Kuala Lumpur airport and on the flight is questionable."

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  • Farokh Patell

    My theoritical calculation.....considering that the MH 370 was forcibly taken over and flown on autopilot with the heading set continuously.....on a magnetic heading 250 degrees.... to avoid detection...mostly overwater... across Madagascar.. sourthern part of Africa...and then finally ditching into the sea...after flying the designed continuous flying distance of 14300 km of the B777 .... then ditching into the South Atlantic Ocean 2110 km South East of Rio De Janeiro .....at co-ordinates 24 deg. 48' 26.68" S....... ....................................................................21 deg. 52' 45.88" W Farokh Patell's photo.

  • where is technology !? i think us goverment have access to see what happened in shortly past with satellites and cant see what happened with the boeing 3 months ago ? too much secrets hidden to ppl..!

  • Carolyn Snyder Andrejcak

    I am simply amazed at the poor reporting by the folks at CNN. I just saw a part of the interview with Malaysia's PM, in which Malaysia Military saw the plane and deemed it a non-threat. As I am a fan of Occam's Razor, the simplest explaination is accurate, here is my theory.

    The plane turned around for reasons unknown. The Malaysian military sought contact with the plane, deemed it a threat (because let's face it, commercial airplanes have been used as a weapon of mass destruction) and shot the airliner down. Then proceeded to cover up the event (what government would want to admit to shooting down a passenger airline, especially one filled with Chinese Citizens) by being slow to respond, not asking for assistance from other countries until they had the 'situation' under control perhaps even going to the lengths of dropping a black box as far from Malaysia as possible (that may even explain why the black box pinged so much longer than expected.)

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  • Marko Soini

    I checked the satellite imaginery of Diego Garcia base. It shows an hangar on build just at the end of the runway. Why just one hangar in the entire base? Then i checked up and found an earlier satellite image of the Diego Garcia base. Interestingly it shows that the hangar is not yet even started to build in it. So there must be a reason they build it now. I could not find more recent images so i don't know if the hangar is ready. I also found the black iPhone image that has GPS information pointed to Diefo Garcia. Neither i am not sure if the image is altered or not but it somehow fits here. It came to my mind, that searching the plane is just a good misleading and timeplaying for taking the Boeing 777 to pieces meanwhile the jet is intentionally searched from an completely other location. An article shows how Diego Garcia base has ordered an cargo ship to transfer "something" to "somewhere". And why in the heck did the pilot have Diego Garcia runway in his landing simulator? Think!

  • I dont understand how government officials are saying they found plane debris so far from the flight path. Nothing about this makes sense. I feel so bad for the families of the people who were these flights. It seems like the Malaysian government will say anything to get people off there back. SMH

  • Curt Bury

    To all - Lying here with nothing to do but watch CNN and the struggle to find the lost Malaysian flight 370:

    Listeners are sending a bunch of ideas on how to prevent such "can't find the plane" disasters in the future: But here's one I haven't heard that I think could work:

    Develop a GPS unit that broadcasts LAT/LONG every 15 minutes into a computer ''cloud". Perhaps use it only for overseas flights over water. Even if it stopped broadcasting after the plane went down, there would be an accurate geographical "track" of the plane's trip and final location available on the "cloud".

    What do you think of this idea?

    Curt Bury

  • Dean Strautins

    An hour in to the flight puts the aircraft out of mobile phone contact and makes it a good location to hijack the aircraft. Passengers mostly would be asleep. Transponder is then turned off and the aircraft is turned west to avoid phones reconnecting as they would if flown over land. Maybe the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka has something to do with it.

  • I really do think the plane has been stolen/hijacked, refueled in Car Nicobar Island, and sent to the coastal border of Iran-Pakistan, where it will be packed with the dirty suit case nukes that have been missing for years. There will be catastrophic consequences once this aircraft is again airborne. How the passengers were subdued still eludes me. Maybe the cabin pressure was dropped and they passed out, then euthanaised, this might be the cause of mobile phones ringing out. We the people who elect our governments will not know a thing about it until it hits, somewhere on this Earth. Its bullshit that the most intelligent minds are never elected in government. The elected are the ones who did their homework , stayed out of trouble, got married, payed their mortgage, and filed through the ranks of a clean political career. I seriously cannot believe that the Malaysian head of transport is running this circus, a fucken Law student. This will be known as the most brazen terrorist act. Ev

  • Moe DT

    Much of what you say is quite plausible Steve! Here is something for those that ask about cell phones because I too wondered about that, then I remembered something I seen on a game and wondered if they are real and available so I did a google search and found them, "cell phone jammers", and from the search I did, I seen one the size of a small laptop or tablet. Most of the governments do not want to accept that it landed because then they would have to acknowledge holes is their radar systems. Also don't rule out a landing around the Xinjiang area as they too have terrorist! On a personal note, I think that some of the everyday people have a better idea than those in the government, so let keep trying to help the families bring their loved ones home, or at least to have closure. Thanks!

  • Moe DT

    (CNN) -- Could a massive passenger jet slip past radar, cross international borders and land undetected?

    That's a key question investigators are weighing as they continue the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.

    Radar does have some blind spots, and it's possible to avoid being spotted by flying at low altitude, analysts told CNN.

    Jeffrey Beatty, a security consultant and former FBI special agent, says someone could have planned a route that avoided radar detection.

    "It certainly is possible to fly through the mountains in that part of the world and not be visible on radar. Also, an experienced pilot, anyone who wanted to go in that direction, could certainly plot out all the known radar locations, and you can easily determine, where are the radar blind spots?" he said. "It's the type of things the Americans did when they went into Pakistan to go after Osama bin Laden."

  • Laura Stern Hisam

    Yeah, but why go to all that trouble when they (Iran/Pakistan) could take any ordinary jet liner they already have and pack it up? I listened to a commercial pilot talk about how vulnerable planes really are once they leave the VOR areas. For instance, if making a transatlantic flight they are our of radar range after only about 100 miles and then they're on their own. That's why they always try to hug the coastlines for as long as possible. So from NY to the UK, they always go up the east coast to Canadian coast, and then skip their way to Greenland, then over to Iceland, and then the UK, and then further on the Europe, etc. The transponder(s) only as good as there is radar to track it. Once out of any airport's radar reach, it's up to the pilots to periodically call in their coordinates, altitude, ground speed, etc. so that their base and all other traffic is aware of their location. They could be on the ocean floor off of India somewhere, like a needle in a haystack!

  • Agree wholeheartedly, Iran only has 747F's, 777-200 has a global range, I really think that that plane is on the ground somewhere. I dont understand why, that whoever was flying that plane purposely eluded all radars just to ditch it 7 hrs later, in the southern ocean. It seems the piloted plane has gone to great lengths not to be discovered,. If it was a 9/11 style attack, it could have flown straight into KL or Singapore. I do believe that there is something bigger about this theft/hijacking. It is however an unfolding story, possibly the biggest story of the decade. i am torn between wanting to be right, and wrong, in 4 hrs it will be 10 days of no sign of the plane, ERT, ransom or wreckage. I only hope for the best outcome and respect and appreciate your input.

  • Scott Mannebach

    thank you. I retract my acusations., and I appologise Mr. Gayomali