Malaysian authorities released photos of the two passengers suspected of carrying stolen passports on board MH370, but stated that it was highly unlikely they were terrorists. So if terrorists didn’t bring down the plane, who or what did? Speculation is running high across the world as people seek answers to the troubling disappearance of 239 people and an airplane.
The Human possibilities
Malaysian Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters at a press conference that they had identified the two Iranian men carrying stolen passports and they were not likely terrorists. The reason is that they traveled to Qatar on their Iranian passports, then switched to the stolen ones as they moved to an outbound plane. The chief explained that according to his information, the men were seeking to “migrate” to Germany. Plus, there have been no claims of responsibility by any known terrorist group at this time. The two men were Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 18, and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29. According to authorities, neither man had any known ties to terrorists, and neither had a criminal record.
He stated that there were four human possibilities: Sabotage, someone with psychological problems, hijacking, or some sort of personal problems with people on the plane.
The Lack of Wreckage
Pieces of what appeared to be wreckage have since been ruled out as having anything to do with the plane. The initial discovery of oil slicks also were ruled out after testing was done to see if it came from an airplane.
Officials now say that the plane apparently turned the opposite direction from its intended flight path, possibly somewhere in the Malacca Strait. They have widened the search to include portions of the west side of Malaysia and Vietnam. Ships and aircraft from different nations, including the United States, are involved in the search. The Malaysian government and others have turned to the use of crowd sourcing- huge groups of people working together to look through satellite images, twitter, and facebook images. for anything that might indicate wreckage or clues.
The strange case of the ringing cell phones
None of that explains the report that someone called one of the passengers on their cell phone and it was found to still be ringing. Authorities have since attempted to call that same number, but the phone simply rings and no one answers.
While the plane could have disintegrated in mid -air, there still would have been wreckage. According to reports, even if the black boxes do not work well under water, there is a ping device that sends out a signal for approximately 30 days if submerged (4o days if the water is warm). Large planes do not simply “disappear,” but they may take some time to find, according to the New York Times.
Speculation has now devolved into spooky thoughts about aliens and space probes, even meteor collisions. The solution appears to be in the waiting, as nations search the ocean and the land for clues or some sign of missing flight MH370.
Am I the only one who thinks there’s a possibility the missing #malaysian flight may have been abducted by aliens? Spooky it disappeared
— Vanessa Morriss (@softmutt) March 11, 2014