This blog post is going to be extremely different from my normal writings, but it is a topic I simply cannot get out of my head: the Malaysian airplane. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the news story, I’ll give a brief synopsis before addressing the topic.
On March 8th, 2014, Malaysian Airflight 370 took off from Malaysia headed to Beijing. Shortly after takeoff (approximately an hour), the air traffic control team lost contact with the plane; including crew members, approximately 250 people were onboard. Now, almost two months later, there is no public knowledge of what happened. Reports have indicated that flight was flying at an altitude lower than mandated and could have lost contact due to the low altitude. Additionally, it is believed that the plane was preprogrammed to turn west during the time it began to drop altitude. Searches have been made internationally, but no substantial evidence has appeared. The backgrounds of both crew members and passengers have been and are being extensively analyzed, but no public report of suspicious persons has been declared. However, there have been a few minor details concerning the investigation that are important to acknowledge.
First of all, the fuel. Upon initial announcement, the news reported that the farthest the plane could’ve flown without refueling was the middle of India. After further consideration, the territory was expanded to the western boarder of India. Finally, they admitted that perhaps the plane could’ve flown further. I will refer back to this later.
Second, the co-pilot’s phone. Authorities have reported that co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid’s phone pinged a cellphone tower shortly before the plane disappeared. While this may seem insignificant, it is important to know that there were surely other passengers who left their phones on; no signals were detected from their mobile devices. It is commonly considered that Hamid unsuccessfully tried to make a phone call.
Third, the pings. While I do not believe that this is substantial evidence supporting my theory, it must be noted. In the beginning of April, pings from the flight’s locator were believed to be heard by satellite. When an airplane hits water, the locator emits a high pitched noise to help authorities find the crashed plane. The locator’s battery usually lasts approximately 30 days, so it was no surprise when only a few days later, the pings were no longer heard. Shortly after, officials began to conduct an underwater search using a sonar device. They scanned the ocean floor in a little over 6 mile radius from where the pings were believed to have originated. Their results? Nothing.
Fourth and finally, the video of al-Qaeda in Yemen. Now, this may seem entirely unconnected, but let me explain. On March 29th, a video of the militants appeared on a website for supporting them. While there are many things one could take away from the video, I am concerned with two of them: the absence of one member and the timing. Professional analysts have declared the video to be authentic and approximately a month before its release (around the time of the Malaysian plane’s disappearance, perhaps?). In the video, the terrorist group warns of an upcoming attack that they are planning and also state, “We must eliminate the cross; the Americans are the bearers of the cross”. Now, what this means is uncertain, but it should definitely not be dismissed. Besides the timing, the absence of a certain member of al-Qaeda is exceedingly peculiar: Ibrahim al-Asiri. This militant is the chief-bomb maker of the group, and his location has been uncertain after he unsuccessfully attempted a bombing at Detroit in 2009. Why is he so vital to al-Qaeda? Well, al-Asiri has is able to make bombs that are undetectable on airplanes.
While it is possible that the Malaysian and American authorities have absolutely no intel on the whereabouts of flight 370, I find it highly unlikely. The world we live in today is moderated that I believe that we, the citizens, do not even know how much we are being watched. There are satellites and live feeds everywhere; drones and radars are more common than we like to believe. It is my theory that the Malaysian plane is not lost at the bottom of the ocean, but landed in a country in the Middle East. Whether this be Yemen, Afghanistan, or somewhere else, I do not know, but I think that evidence supporting my theory is substantial. If al-Asiri is able to create bombs that are undetected by airport security, is it that far out of the realm of possibility that he could sneak on to an airplane and disable a highly complicated tracking system? Or that he could walk someone else through this endeavor? I do not believe it to be a preposterous assumption. All will be revealed in due time.
What are your thoughts on the disappearance of flight 370? Do you think that it lies at the bottom of the Indian Ocean? Could al-Asiri’s absence from the al-Qaeda video be linked to this tragedy? Or do you hold an entirely different theory? Let me know in the comments section below!