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Theories on missing flight range from plausible to absurd
cbsnews.com ^ | March 14, 2014

Posted on 03/15/2014 1:58:02 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012

A week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, theories of the plane's fate continue to spread across websites, social media, news outlets and official sources -- ranging from the plausible to the absurd.

The leading theory is foul play. While earlier this week outlets reported that officials appeared skeptical that human interference caused the plane's disappearance, by Friday authorities were putting more stock into the theory that someone intentionally altered the flight's course, and that whoever it was knew how and where to fly a plane.

Who were the pilots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? As to where the flight ended up, theories have ranged from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, with increasing attention being placed on the former. Here's a list of current knowns, along with clues and theories, some more serious than others, about what happened to the Boeing 777 jetliner:

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1 posted on 03/15/2014 1:58:02 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Seeing a number of the absurd around here


2 posted on 03/15/2014 1:59:26 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

I suppose it is possible we will never know.


3 posted on 03/15/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

The ton-o-gold in cargo theory floating around actually makes the most sense, if it were gold China bought.


4 posted on 03/15/2014 2:04:41 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: ilovesarah2012

Scuttlebutt from European news sources is that the plane was carrying the Ark of the Covenant in the cargo hold.

The plan was to take it to a remote island and the head muzzie terrorist was going to open it up and have a look.


5 posted on 03/15/2014 2:06:13 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: ilovesarah2012

It’s the Langoliers.


6 posted on 03/15/2014 2:07:49 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

Silly movie but very enjoyable =)


7 posted on 03/15/2014 2:10:19 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: ilovesarah2012

Largo is holding it in SPECTRE’s plan to take over the world.


8 posted on 03/15/2014 2:10:21 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: txhurl

Who did they buy it from and where was it?


9 posted on 03/15/2014 2:11:27 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

No matter what happens, some FReeper will be able to say “That’s what I said all along!”


10 posted on 03/15/2014 2:11:30 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: MuttTheHoople

Just waiting now for them to issue a ransom for....ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

11 posted on 03/15/2014 2:12:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ilovesarah2012

Diego Garcia, damn well knows what happened to that plane.


12 posted on 03/15/2014 2:13:04 PM PDT by Despot of the Delta
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To: ilovesarah2012

Yeah, in this day and age of advanced technology it’s hard for us to imagine 239 people literally disappearing off the face of the earth it seems without a trace.


13 posted on 03/15/2014 2:13:26 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Despot of the Delta

Why would Zorro know?


14 posted on 03/15/2014 2:14:15 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ilovesarah2012

I have only seen the absurd.


15 posted on 03/15/2014 2:15:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
What this article calls "absurd" is just speculation by ordinary folks.

A meteor strike, and a military takedown.

Get a lot of people to speculate on solving a problem and you'll get "brainstorming". Some ideas are clearly very unlikely, but the act of arguing against them produces other ideas.

16 posted on 03/15/2014 2:15:48 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Revolting cat!

You got that right.....I cringe at some of the conspiracists here.


17 posted on 03/15/2014 2:16:16 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I suppose it is possible we will never know.

That's my personal theory and wish to spite the theory mongers.

18 posted on 03/15/2014 2:16:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: nuconvert

Theories, everyone seems to have one about this missing airliner, so here’s mine:

The current and prevailing theory is the plane was high-jacked, and this theory hinges on the maintenance pings coming from the plane’s engines indicating the plane flew for another seven hours after the plane’s transponder stopped transmitting. The validity of radar sightings after the plane’s transponder ceased transmitting was questionable from the start.

If it was indeed a high jacking, it was a crime and we must analyze it as we would any other crime by establishing a motive, means, and opportunity.

Motive 1: Highjack the plane and ransom the passengers. The passengers are mostly Chinese, and this would be a first airline high-jacking for the Chinese.

Means: A large contingent of high-jackers would have had to been on board to quickly subdue the pilots and crew, control over 200 passengers, and shut down cell phone traffic for all cell phones on board. The plane would have had to avoid radar and visual sighting for seven hours, then land in a cooperating country where payment could be negotiated with the Chinese, payment received, and then a getaway made.

Opportunity: Not likely, too many moving parts.

Motive 2: Muslim terrorists high-jacked the airliner to crash it into an Infidel target.

Means: Again, A large contingent of high-jackers would have had to been on board to quickly subdue the pilots and crew, control over 200 passengers, and shut down cell phone traffic for all cell phones on board. The plane would have had to avoid radar and visual sighting for seven hours, and what worthwhile Infidel (U.S./Israeli) target could they have hit?

Opportunity: Again, not likely.

Motive 3: Xinjiang-Uighur separatist Muslim terrorists managed to place a command detonated explosive device on board and destroyed the airliner in their continuing effort to force China to recognize their independence. This and their March 1, 2014 massacre at the Kunming Railroad Station was just part of their continuing effort to force independence from China.

Means: An unwitting passenger allowed something to be placed in his luggage.

Opportunity: Possibly, the Iranian with the stolen passport paid for his passport by agreeing to smuggle drugs into Germany, but the suitcase contained explosives instead.

When bits and pieces of this airliner begin to wash up on the shores of Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand, we’ll learn just how unreliable third world countries are at tracking their aircraft, and it will be most interesting to hear how those “phantom” engine maintenance pings will be explained away.


19 posted on 03/15/2014 2:21:50 PM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

To me NW China seems the most plausible. Rebels, suitable airport at Diwopu (ZWWW); would have arrived there in the dark and by now have the A/C hidden away while getting it ready for some nefarious mission. JMHO.


20 posted on 03/15/2014 2:25:14 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

I’ve been thinking about the gold angle today, it fits Occam’s Razor requirements better than any other.

A ton of gold doesn’t take up much space. But the guys moving it into cargo would certainly talk about it.

I’ve always felt this story had a bootlegging feel about it. As to where China bought it, all these gold-buying shops popping up everywhere are melting it down *somewhere*.


21 posted on 03/15/2014 2:25:46 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Don Corleone

A nuclear attack of some sort somewhere? I guess if that is the case, we will find out what happened. Of course, it will be a little late.


22 posted on 03/15/2014 2:26:42 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Probably be found in the Gulf of Thailand.


23 posted on 03/15/2014 2:36:45 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: ilovesarah2012

It was aliens....

http://www.newsmax.com/thewire/bermuda-triangle-theory-missing/2014/03/14/id/559611/


24 posted on 03/15/2014 2:37:45 PM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
The most plausible explanation!
25 posted on 03/15/2014 2:40:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I’m guessing that there was more than just the pilots and those onboard the plane involved in this heist.

There were people on the ground that would have had a hand in making sure this plane disappeared electronically and kept search efforts concentrated to the east in the Sea of China while the plane was making its getaway in the opposite direction.

I’m guessing that part of the plan was to drop to a low altitude and dump artifacts from the plane that would have been picked up by searchers who would then be still pursuing the theory of a plane crash — but they were unable to pull that one off or just screwed up.


26 posted on 03/15/2014 2:42:19 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Rockitz

27 posted on 03/15/2014 2:43:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The pilot who stole this plane and murdered all on board wanted one of two things:
1.) Cargo (gold)
2.) The aircraft itself

If it’s the aircraft, it could only be used for terrorism. Packed with explosives and sent off to do its worst.

I hope Israel has its eyes on the Dimona nuclear facility. It is the closest high value western target to where this plane was headed.

The more I think about it, the less likely I find the gold theory. If a pilot stole tons of gold, he would never get to enjoy his riches.

This pilot was a very religious and devout Muslim, so he could have been persuaded to put this jet in the hands of some really bad folks. We will find out soon enough - I hope that the military defense folks are thinking about this scenario.

Whoever did this already stole a 250million dollar aircraft and murdered all of its passengers. That person is an expert pilot and a Muslim. I do not think that this mass murder was the end game as he could have simply plunged into the sea if that was his plan. This aircraft flew somewhere for 7 hours.


28 posted on 03/15/2014 2:57:45 PM PDT by Fear The People (Fear The People = Liberty)
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To: ilovesarah2012

pretty sad when UFOs and the Bermuda Triangle are three and four on the most plausible list


29 posted on 03/15/2014 3:03:49 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: DJ Taylor
my wife heard one Thurs. late nite radio. that a veteran pilot thought if he were the culprit with his knowledge he would: 1. depressurize the cabin to kill everyone . 2. land it somewhere on a remote WW2 island airbase . 3. use the plane later for the( USA).

He also theorized all 240+ are dead and were just in the way. All they want is the plane. My added theory is: do not search for "Malaysia Airlines" plane.... look at all Boeing 777s, especially those with an Earl Scheib paint job sneaking in behind a legit inbound int'l flight in the near future.

30 posted on 03/15/2014 3:04:14 PM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: ilovesarah2012

If the plane was hijacked for a purpose, its reason will be known soon enough with emphasis placed on the word “soon”.

One cannot hide the plane for long. Plenty of satellites are looking for it right now.


31 posted on 03/15/2014 3:06:10 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: ilovesarah2012

The other day I saw a list of crew and passengers by nationality. Have the investigators identified the alleged nationalities of the two passengers with the fake passports? I noticed there were two Iranians on board, and the plane was headed West. Perhaps this is part of some Iranian plot against Israel, Iraq, or Europe.


32 posted on 03/15/2014 3:08:35 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"No matter what happens, some FReeper will be able to say “That’s what I said all along!”

That's because pretty much any conceivable theory has been covered.
33 posted on 03/15/2014 3:10:42 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

Malaysia Airlines Passengers With Stolen Passports Identified

Investigators have identified the two passengers who purportedly boarded the plane using stolen passports. Authorities investigating the flight revealed Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, a 19-year-old Iranian who was headed to Germany to be with his mother, as one of the individuals that used a stolen passport to board the Beijing-bound aircraft, USA Today reported. According to Malaysian Chief Inspector General Khalis Abu Bakar, Mehrdad’s mother was aware of her son’s travels and use of a stolen passport.

The other individual who used a stolen passport to board the jet has been identified as Iranian national Delavar Seyed Mohammad Reza, age 29.

Authorities are still investigating Mohammad Reza’s background but a source has corroborated the notion that the two intended to immigrate to Europe. According to the BBC, a young Iranian in Kuala Lumpur claims his school friend and another Iranian man stayed with him before boarding the Malaysia Airlines flight. He said they planned on settling in Europe.

http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/articles/2014/03/11/malaysia-airlines-passengers-with-stolen-passports-identified


34 posted on 03/15/2014 3:12:37 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: txhurl
Where did you here about gold on board? Ive been saying someone or some thing was the target..but gold I move in a cargo plane

personal I I'm thinking political target..it was headed to Beijing. ..and the two Iranians on stolen passports..why do you need to travel on stolen passports?. .either your a bad guy...or...bad guys are looking for you

35 posted on 03/15/2014 3:13:39 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: Fear The People

“This pilot was a very religious and devout Muslim”

http://www.youtube.com/user/catalinapby1

You mean the pilot who on his youtube channel was a big fan of the militant atheist Richard Dawkins and especially liked Dawkins’ The God Delusion?

“The Root of All Evil, later retitled The God Delusion, is a television documentary written and presented by Richard Dawkins in which he argues that humanity would be better off without religion or belief in God.”


36 posted on 03/15/2014 3:14:56 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: ilovesarah2012

Thank you very much. The fact that the only two Iranians on the plane were young males using illegal passports should be a huge red flag.


37 posted on 03/15/2014 3:15:25 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Fear The People

Which pilot? I’ve always thought the younger pilot was involved, but not the older one.

Could’ve led to a cockpit struggle, causing erratic movement of the plane for a while.


38 posted on 03/15/2014 3:21:01 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: DJ Taylor

This plane is worth $250,000,000. Why not a straight up theft? Fly the plane somewhere remote. Offload pax (kill them?) and refuel. Fly away and sell the plane or part it out.

Complex, yes but a big payday.


39 posted on 03/15/2014 3:24:32 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Meet the New Boss

With lying for the sake of propagating the faith a big thing in Islam, it wouldn’t be entirely beyond the pale.

Dawkins has a thing against Christians.


40 posted on 03/15/2014 3:29:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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Where did you here about gold on board?

It was in City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold. With his dying breath, Jack Palance told Billy Crystal the gold was hidden in the cargo hold of a Malaysian airliner.

41 posted on 03/15/2014 3:31:29 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: Straight Vermonter
"Fly away and sell the plane"

Who would you sell it to and what makes you think you can trust them?

The biggest drawback in entering into a life of crime is that your business associates are very untrustworthy.

42 posted on 03/15/2014 3:34:09 PM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: DJ Taylor

I think Kalin & Jinger were practicing their act where they make a jumbo jet disappear. They misfired and made the wrong one vanish.


43 posted on 03/15/2014 4:05:18 PM PDT by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is)
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To: MayflowerMadam
Which pilot? I’ve always thought the younger pilot was involved, but not the older one.

Care to share any insights? At this point there haven't been any press reports suggesting that is the case. If press accounts are true, the only thing we know is that someone with flying experience had control of the aircraft after it deviated from the flight plan.

44 posted on 03/15/2014 4:23:36 PM PDT by EVO X
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To: Meet the New Boss

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/14/malaysia-airlines-copilot-idINDEEA2D0A220140314

http://nypost.com/2014/03/14/profiles-emerge-of-pilots-at-helm-of-missing-jet/

Funny, the second link includes a quote from his Imam at the mosque he attended.


45 posted on 03/15/2014 4:26:25 PM PDT by Fear The People (Fear The People = Liberty)
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To: MayflowerMadam
Which pilot?

Good question. The older was a political fanatic who had just attended a high profile political trial a few hours earlier and was outraged and very upset at the verdict.

I still think that this plane is intact somewhere and something evil is planned.

I no longer think it was cargo they were after - despite earlier reports of gold that I am increasingly thinking are not reliable and not likely as a motivation - where, after all, could he enjoy his new riches if it were merely treasure?

46 posted on 03/15/2014 4:26:25 PM PDT by Fear The People (Fear The People = Liberty)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“I’m sure” and “I am certain” are two phrases repeated throughout these threads filled with absurd, laughable theories all based on solid... speculation. I’ve been saying that these fantasies must come from the minds that have been filled by scenarios from cheap thrillers and science-fiction novels (Danielle Steel, L. Ron Hubbard?), and just a few minutes ago, on another thread, someone remarked that this drama sounds like it came from a Clive Cussler mystery, whoever this Clive person is (a penny dreadful hack?) And at least, I rest assured that I am the only one here whose theory has George Soros and the Ukrainian Nazis as the culprits.


47 posted on 03/15/2014 4:34:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Revolting cat!

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48 posted on 03/15/2014 4:42:28 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Revolting cat!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Cussler


50 posted on 03/15/2014 4:47:39 PM PDT by EVO X
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