Another Theory for Flight 370

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Wreckage from Air France Flight 447 (Forca Aerea Brasiliera/Getty Images)

It’s been more than two weeks since Oceanic Airlines Flight 815… sorry, I mean Malaysia Airlines Flight 370… vanished without a trace somewhere in the neighborhood of the Indian Ocean. And there has been no shortage of theories attempting to explain what happened to the Boeing 777, its 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

Check out The Plane Truth to read about some of the most popular ones.

For weeks, search planes, rescue teams and other experts have scoured the area and used satellite imagery to try and spot debris, the overwhelming thought being that the plane crashed somewhere in the ocean after drifting off course for several hours. A few unusual objects have been spotted in the Indian Ocean—along the trajectory the plane is thought to have taken—but thus far, none of them have yielded any results.

The latest “sighting” comes from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which claims that a surveillance plane spotted two objects in a remote spot of the Indian Ocean that could be related to Flight 370. One is a “grey or green circular object” and the other is “an orange rectangular object.” An Australian navy ship is steaming towards the spot as we speak to investigate. And according to Colleen Keller, a senior analyst with the defense contractor that eventually found Air France Flight 447—which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 and took more than two years to recover—this latest discovery has her cautiously optimistic.

“The fact that it’s got color is really intriguing,” she said of the newly discovered objects. “But I’ve got to caution everybody, there’s a lot of junk out there.”

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Chinese students hold a vigil for Flight 370’s missing passengers (Associated Press)

Malaysia’s Prime Minister is scheduled to make a statement later this morning, so by then we may know more about these new objects and whether or not they came from the missing flight. Of course, I would like to offer one more theory about Flight 370—one that I doubt will be very popular, but that someone should point out as this mystery continues—and I offer it in the form of a question: What if Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 doesn’t exist at all?

I know this may seem a bit “out there,” but given all the crazy conspiracy theories and other explanations for a plane that disappeared without a trace, you have to admit that it’s at least possible. In fact, it could even be used to explain some other events in our world, most notably Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea. After all, what better way to distract other world governments while you swoop in and steal a piece of Ukraine? Granted, the international community has been paying close attention to Russia and President Putin—even going so far as to impose sanctions against them—but Crimea still managed to fall while the rest of us have been pouring over satellite images and listening to theories proposed by people as unqualified to make them as Hole lead singer Courtney Love!

With any luck, though, these new discoveries will finally put this theory—and the multitude of others—to rest, but I certainly wouldn’t get my hopes up. The disappearance of Flight 370 is quite the mystery—and it could remain as such for years to come.

UPDATE: In a press conference this afternoon, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that based on the latest data, it is safe to conclude that Flight 370 went down in a remote part of the Indian Ocean. All the details have not yet been released, but since the Malaysian government is communicating this to victims’ families, it seems to be legitimate. My heart certainly goes out to those who lost loved ones in this terrible and mysterious tragedy.

Posted on March 24, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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