I hate to admit it but the strange disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is beginning to look like an X-File.
When the aircraft was first reported missing I thought the aircraft had to have fallen victim to either a mechanical failure or terrorism. However it looks like that things are not what they would appear to be. The latest information has the aircraft traveling hundreds of miles in the opposite direction of its flight plan.
It has been four, soon to be five days since the aircraft disappeared. In that time there have been reports that the families and co-workers of the presumed victims have been able to get calls through to cell phones which have rang through and some of which have shown up as active on a Chinese internet provider tracker.
Frankly I don’t know what to think. The aircraft a Boeing 777-200 ER had a good maintenance record and the aircraft type has a very safe operational history. The only fatal accident occurred when a Korean Air aircraft crashed due to pilot error while landing at San Francisco International Airport. It was a testament to the design and strength of the aircraft that keep causalities to a bare minimum.
From what Interpol and other police and security agencies are saying right now this does not appear to be a terrorist incident. Of course that could change if evidence is uncovered that shows this to be the case.
The last reported position was over the Straits of Malacca, one of the busiest maritime transit corridors in the world, but no one on the ground or at sea reported anything out of the ordinary at the time when the aircraft disappeared.
I hope, as I imagine most people hope that the aircraft made a safe emergency landing in some remote area and that the passengers and crew are safe. However with every passing day the chances of that grow more remote and personally I cannot imagine this to be the case to begin with.
Could the aircraft and the 239 souls aboard been the victim of a terrorist incident or hijacking? I assume that it is possible. Could it have been the victim of a catastrophic mechanical failure. Yes, but since it appears that it continued on for hours after its last contact with land based ground controllers I think not.
Authorities in Malaysia and around the world are checking every possible lead that might shed light on this most likely tragic situation. Nothing has been ruled out.
The are other possibilities, but all are at best speculation. Thus I wonder if we should call in Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder from the X-Files to figure this out.
To me the whole thing is totally weird. I want things to work out and the people traveling aboard her to be safe. However, this is very unusual. A jumbo-jet with an experienced Captain and crew making a turn away from its course without notifying ground control. That is strange.
Likewise no matter what happened I cannot help but imagine the terror that the passengers and crew felt, unless it somehow did land safely in some remote place.
The whole situation is perplexing. I really don’t know what to make of it, though for all concerned I how that the aircraft is found, and the souls aboard are safe.
Maybe we should call the real life versions of Scully and Mulder to figure this out, and I am not kidding. This is pretty weird.