Malaysian Flight MH-370

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced today that Flight MH-370 was lost in the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors.  He said, “This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, or AAIB.  They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors has been performing further calculations on the data.  Using a type of analysis never used before in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH-370’s flight path.  Based on the new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH-370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth.  This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.  It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that according to this new data, Flight MH-370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.  We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details…”

Where does this leave us?  It’s been sixteen days since the plane disappeared, and I’m really not sure what to make of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s statement.  It seems rather sudden, and with no hard evidence to support his conclusion.  As of this writing, although debris has been spotted, none of it has actually been retrieved in order to determine whether it’s from the aircraft or not.

There are some hard questions that need to be answered.  No matter what the scenario, whether it’s the pilots who caused this or whether there were terrorists aboard that gained access to the cockpit, why would they cause the plane to fly toward the southern Indian Ocean?  There’s nothing there.  What’s the point?  Every terrorist act I can think of has been dramatic.  They want to gain the world’s attention; the bigger the tragedy, the more shocking and headline-making it is, the better.  Quietly flying a plane south into a remote area of the Indian Ocean until it runs out of fuel and crashes doesn’t bring any attention to one of their causes – especially when all communication and tracking devices on the plane have been disabled.  If that’s what happened, it leaves us all scratching our heads and wondering why.

No, there’s more going on here than meets the eye.  One thing I know, however, is that Prime Minister Razak’s brief statement today doesn’t ring true.  Not by a long shot.  I hope to be proven wrong tomorrow or the next day when, or if some of the debris is recovered.  Hopefully, it will be from the plane and put all this speculation to rest.


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