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...?
The perp is a Non-State Actor with forces within 3,600 miles of Kuala Lumpu and controls a landing strip sufficiently long to accommodate a Boeing 777.
And they have facilities for 239 hostages or the will to kill them.
...or the contents, for whatever reason.
Spot on post. If they wanted to crash it into something and make a statement, they passed up the statement of a lifetime. Therefore, IMO it almost surely is on a runway strip somewhere in Pakistan or Iran.