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Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Sparks Conspiracy Theories
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/disappearance-malaysia-airlines-flight-370-sparks-conspiracy-theories-article-1.1717801#ixzz2vjI1Pzep ^ | 3/11/2014 | Carol Kuruvilla

Posted on 03/12/2014 12:04:21 AM PDT by nickcarraway

While tormented family members cling to the hope that their loved ones will be found alive, conspiracy theorists are already spreading rumors online. According to the Internet, it could be anything from alien abductions to the North Korean government.

It may take years before investigators determine exactly what happened to Malaysia Airline Flight MH370.

But the conspiracy theories are already flowing freely. The facts behind the plane’s mysterious disappearance make it ripe for theories that range from the plausible, like pilot error, to the outright bizarre, like alien abduction.

The tale of disappeared Malaysia Airline Flight 370 took another twist today as Malaysian authorities said one of the two people who boarded the plane with stolen passports was an Iranian who had no links to terror groups.

The Boeing 777 en route to Beijing vanished early Saturday morning, along with its 239 passengers and crew. Investigators say the flight veered off course for more than an hour with all of its tracking systems turned off. Dozens of ships and aircraft from nine nations have launched a search and rescue mission, but there’s no trace of the plane — no debris, no pinging from the emergency locator and no guarantees that it will ever be found. Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble has tamped down on suggestions that the plane's disappearance is linked to terrorism. But some theorists are suggesting that terrorists have hijacked the plane and parked it in an undisclosed location, completely intact but with radio devices turned off. Distraught family members on the ground have reportedly tried calling their loved ones. They said the cellphones connected and rang, but that no one was picking up.

But where would you hide a 100-ton jet? Some theorists are pointing fingers at Pyongyang. Reddit user Nickryane claims the plane had enough fuel to easily land in North Korea and still be within cellphone range. The authoritarian country hijacked a jet in 1969, Vocative reports, so they've played this game before.

Another theory is pilot suicide. There’s no evidence that captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah or co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid had suicidal intentions. But it’s happened before — in October 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 plunged straight into the Atlantic ocean, killing 200 people. The NTSB concluded that one of the pilots, Gameel al-Batouti, had intentionally brought the plane down. According to CNN, al-Batouti didn't seem surprised in cockpit recordings when the jet started making a downward descent. The pilot also constantly used the phrase, "I rely on God."

There were about 145 Chinese nationals on flight MH 370, so users on the Chinese social media platform TenCent are focusing on the China connection. Some are blaming Uighur separatists. The Uighers are a group of ethnic Muslims from Xingjiang, the westernmost region of China. Beijing has blamed Uighur separatists for a brutal knife attack in Kunming that left 33 dead and more than 100 wounded. Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble, center, speaks during a news conference at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France. He said he did not believe the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane was a terrorist incident.

And then there are the folk who think nothing on this planet could have been responsible for something so daring and inexplicable. There were no mayday calls or signs of plane malfunction before the jet went off the radar. A number of people on social media are claiming that such a sudden disapparance could be a sign that extraterrestial life exists.

One blogger speculated about everything from secret military weapons tests to "Bermuda Triangle-like ripples in the fabric of spacetime."

"If we never find the debris," he wrote on Natural News, "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."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; malaysia; mh370; waronterror

1 posted on 03/12/2014 12:04:21 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
They said the cellphones connected and rang, but that no one was picking up.

If these calls went all the way to the phone, then there is a record to trace which cell phone tower the phones were using, which would pinpoint the phones pretty close. Even if these call didn't make it, but the phones were active, and the plane is landed somewhere, there almost certainly would be a tower nearby that would pick up a ping. I think someone knows where the plane is.

2 posted on 03/12/2014 12:12:12 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: nickcarraway

Some people have been watching too many movies.


3 posted on 03/12/2014 12:19:30 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: nickcarraway

People were speculating early on whether the passengers had time to place cell calls should there have been a mechanical emergency. Useless over the ocean, of course, but now being told the aircraft circled back over land for a length of time, it adds the possibility that cell phones were collected prior to the “hard left” and prior to the transponder being shut off, which could mean activity was occurring very early into the flight.


4 posted on 03/12/2014 12:23:18 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: nickcarraway

I have a theory that whenever there is an incident leftist groups float conspiracy theories as a distraction and to create confusion.


5 posted on 03/12/2014 12:24:36 AM PDT by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: nickcarraway
Either:

It crashed (for whatever reason)

or it didn't.

If it Crashed, either:

Mechanical/electronic failure

Pilot error

Intentional loss of the aircraft, including shoot down.

If it didn't:

Hijacked

Stolen.

Aliens (just kidding).

That the plane crashed, for whatever reason, is possible. If in the ocean, the debris field would have to be located. On land (for instance the central highlands in Nam) the wreckage may be masked by terrain or jungle.

That it was stolen or hijacked, and diverted to another location is also a possibility.

What needs to be examined are the range of the aircraft, and possible destinations.

Bandar Aceh airport has enough runway to land, refuel, and take off fully laden. I would suspect other airfields in range of the aircraft at the time it went off the radar would also be able to provide the same facilities, but the problem is one of getting in and out with a 'hot' plane. This would require cooperation at some level, or some sort of clandestine operation all around.

6 posted on 03/12/2014 12:31:29 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: nickcarraway
"If we never find the debris," he wrote on Natural News, "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."

Meh. No one found Amelia Earhart, either.

7 posted on 03/12/2014 12:33:59 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

If this plane crashed into the ocean wouldn’t the water damage the cell phone. I know with mine I had several incidents where water got into my cell phone (don’t ask lol) and it would stop working. The phone buttons do not operate and it acts up like it is possessed.


8 posted on 03/12/2014 12:39:42 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Smokin' Joe
No one found Amelia Earhart, either

Much smaller aircraft, which could make a difference.

9 posted on 03/12/2014 12:44:25 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Aliens (just kidding).


10 posted on 03/12/2014 12:44:37 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG; Smokin' Joe

Illegal aliens? Undocumented plane takers?


11 posted on 03/12/2014 12:46:24 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Smokin' Joe

Has anyone checked where the Bermuda Triangle was at that time?


12 posted on 03/12/2014 12:47:32 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The BIG problem/issue here is that the Indonesian military knew immediately that the plane had veered off course, yet for TWO DAYS let searchers waste their time looking hundreds of miles in a different direction..


13 posted on 03/12/2014 12:47:46 AM PDT by ken5050 (I fear a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating)
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To: Mark17

The lockheed electra is a smaller aircraft, but people have been looking for that one a lot longer, too.


14 posted on 03/12/2014 12:51:57 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: nickcarraway
Steal it for: terrorist operations, ransom, the people on board, some unknown cargo.

As for illegal aliens, there were two and by some accounts, four on board flying with stolen passports.

15 posted on 03/12/2014 12:55:59 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: ken5050
The BIG problem/issue here is that the Indonesian military knew immediately that the plane had veered off course, yet for TWO DAYS let searchers waste their time looking hundreds of miles in a different direction..

I think the big problem here is that from the standpoint of the flight controllers, we aren't being told what happened which in part fuels some of the wild speculation.

Does a live human actually monitor the radar, does a computer do the monitoring, or are all the return signals just blips on a screen possibly being recorded?

If the plane deviated from course, for how long did it deviate before a human figured out something was wrong?

Then we need to know how contact was lost? Was it in a manner consistent with a sudden breakup at flight altitude, nose dive, controlled decent, or something else?

16 posted on 03/12/2014 1:04:22 AM PDT by fso301
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To: nickcarraway

I think it may have been near Bermuda (unless it was on vacation in the South Seas someplace).


17 posted on 03/12/2014 1:07:25 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Mark17

Lady be Good, a B-24 in WWII did this. Flew by its base at night and crashed in the Libyan desert. Wasn’t found until 1958.
A French attempt just before Lindberg’s flight simply vanished.
Steve Fossett vanished in Nevada for months despite a furious, professional, well-funded and immense search effort.
Flight 19 5 bombers vanished off Florida.

The ocean is very very big. Its entirely possible this machine went deep out over the southern part of the Indian Ocean, ran out of fuel, crashed and sank. We simply may never know what happened.


18 posted on 03/12/2014 1:41:48 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: ken5050

More likely that they didn’t discover that westward turn until a careful study was being done of military radar records. Transponders weren’t on, probably took a little sleuthing to realize that.


19 posted on 03/12/2014 1:44:06 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

Disagree, my FRiend. Once they knew where and when to look, which happened as soon as the plane disappeared..they’d find the weak radar track veering off to the west in a few hours, tops..more like a few minutes..


20 posted on 03/12/2014 1:48:19 AM PDT by ken5050 (I fear a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating)
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To: DesertRhino
The ocean is very very big. Its entirely possible this machine went deep out over the southern part of the Indian Ocean, ran out of fuel, crashed and sank. We simply may never know what happened.

Yes, the ocean is gigantic, and it is entirely possible that no trace will ever be found. We will just have to wait and see. If memory serves me right, there was a B-17 that crashed in the California mountains during World War 11, and was only found fairly recently. I remember seeing the story of the Lady be Good. I think they found 7 of the 8 bodies. I have been on some mountain roads in the Philippines, and I always thought if we went over the side, they would never find us.

21 posted on 03/12/2014 2:03:36 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: nickcarraway

Jimmy Hoffa has the 777 at his secret island compound.


22 posted on 03/12/2014 2:04:02 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Stop wishing for a perfect world. You may get it. Who will you talk to then?)
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To: SaxxonWoods

I prefer “Lost Horizon.”


23 posted on 03/12/2014 2:07:36 AM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: Smokin' Joe

If a plane that big hit land (crashed) anywhere, it would be smoking for days.

Very strange.


24 posted on 03/12/2014 2:39:19 AM PDT by DB
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To: DesertRhino

Big plane, lots of fuel, big fire if flown into the ground.

If into the sea, parts and some bodies float. The black box has its own power and would be transmitting.


25 posted on 03/12/2014 2:44:06 AM PDT by DB
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To: nickcarraway

Those who compare this to WWII era lost planes, or the fifties or even sixties, crack me up.

Why not talk about the wagon trains that got lost and vanished crossing Utah or Nevada in the 1800’s?

A 777 can’t go missing today. It’s impossible with modern tracking systems and embedded computers and satellite monitoring and everything else.

It took the Malaysian Air Force four days to realize they had it tracked across the peninsula into the Andaman Sea? Yeah, right.

The inescapable fact is that the PTB know what happened to it, and they’re not talking.

And oh BTW, they don’t talk about UFOs, either.

So it’s not that those dots must be connected.

But they can be connected.


26 posted on 03/12/2014 2:45:13 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m quite convinced something happened.


27 posted on 03/12/2014 3:08:09 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Patriot Babe
I had several incidents where water got into my cell phone (don’t ask lol) and it would stop working.

It stopped working on your end but surely when you tried to call the destroyed cell you go a ring-tone and perhaps were even sent to your voicemail. This happened to me before. It seems these people think that just because the phone appears to be ringing on the caller's end it, it means the phone on the other end must be still working.

If this was so, then why do we have to call an outside number to listen to our voicemails?

28 posted on 03/12/2014 3:12:44 AM PDT by tsowellfan (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: nickcarraway

29 posted on 03/12/2014 3:34:21 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: nickcarraway

the ringing cellphone and logged into accounts can happen. you see people logging in and online all the time but they are not.

as for the ringing phones after a bit of reading it appears there is a series of events that can happen to allow phones to ring even when they are not.

so for example (from what i have read), if you were sitting on the tarmac and forgot to turn off your phone the network logs you into a cell tower. as you leave that cell tower it expects you to be connect to another tower but you dont as you head out to sea. you appear online but no call can connect BUT you are still registered online.

also apparently and i didnt know this but if your phone receives a sudden shock while connected and the battery is disconnected the cell tower and systems dont register you offline. so if you ring its the exchange ringing (the last one you connected with), not the the phone. so the phones have a number of reasons for ringing but they are not.

i am amazed no one has tried tracking the phones to see where they were last since they flew over populated areas,they would reconnect to the towers. also i wonder did the plane have wifi or cellphone coverage, if so it would be easier to track its location to within a mile or so.


30 posted on 03/12/2014 3:46:02 AM PDT by Irishguy
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To: nickcarraway; Army Air Corps

A plane hijacking is not a conspiracy theory.

For some reason this writer wants us to think that anything other than the plane disintegrating is absolutely not worthy of sane consideration. And then she has the gall to state the known fact that the plane completely reversed course from its intended destination...a clear sign that something unususal was happening.

She even lists suicide on her list....when such a thing has happened before. And “hijacking” a conspiracy theory? Has anyone told this lady about the World Trade Center?

I just listened to an expert of Fox say that if the plane turned off its tracking equipment and then flew at a low altitude that it would be virtually untrackable.

Hijackers could have taken the plane and then crash it, intentionally or through bad navigation or fuel decisions.


31 posted on 03/12/2014 8:57:05 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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