“Destination PAKISTAN? Iran?”
Based on the 5 hour estimate, my guess is Pakistan. Iran also occurred to me. We’ll see more about this plane, perhaps on a trans-Atlantic flight into NYC using a bogus call sign, like Obama2017.
But they didn't do that --they turned off the transponders and few out to sea.
So it sorta seems like they viewed the a/c as valuable and wanted to use it for some PURPOSE.
No one has reported being attacked by a huge airliner, so they were trying to fly to a place where they had friends of some kind.
If they simply wanted to kill everyone on board, why fly FOUR HOURS out to sea...?
“my guess is Pakistan.”
If the plane landed seems like the world would know, unless it was one of the crazy countries.
Doubtful. To get to Pakistan on the fuel load you’d have to fly over India and the Indians would see you. Not enough fuel to go around. For the same reason, the plane didn’t fly four hours north. While the Vietnamese might not have very good radar coverage, China certainly does and would have seen the plane. Same for Taiwan and Japan on the original heading.
Iran says we kidnapped it. Interesting that they felt the need to comment at all. Perhaps telling.