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Missing Malaysian Jet

Posted by Ralph Wirtz on

Ralph Wirtz

A co-worker asked me earlier today what I thought about the missing Boeing 777 Malaysian jetliner that has been reported missing over the Gulf of Thailand somewhere between the east coast of Malaysia and Vietnam.

“What do you think happened?” she asked.

“I think, I think it was hijacked and taken to a planet in another solar system,” I told her, my face a deadpan.

She was silent.

“That’s as good of an explanation as I’ve heard so far,” I told her, letting a little smile sweep across my face.

It is an incredible story, and it gets more bizarre all the time.

First, when Flight MH370 carrying 229 people, took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. Saturday and ground stations lost its signal an hour later while it was cruising at 35,000 feet, everyone initially thought the plane crashed into the sea. Some speculated that it had to be some type of catastrophic event occurred because neither the pilot nor the co-pilot made distress calls. If that were the case, then the sea would be strewn for miles with debris from the plane, as has been witnessed in other crashes. There has been no such find.

There is some speculation that the plane went down intact, but if that were the case, considering there was good weather, the pilots would have known and should have radioed a distress call.

Then, evidence emerged of the two passengers with stolen passports. The general thinking was that they might be terrorists, but that was discounted at a later time. Then the evidence that a wing was clipped earlier this year and the speculation is that that might lead to problems in the air.

But then just late this afternoon, Malaysian military officials reported that the jetliner changed course after it went silent over the sea, that it crossed Malaysia and reached the Straits of Malacca, the waterway that separates the western coast of Malaysia and Indonesia’s Sumatra Island at about 2:40 a.m., where it was picked up on radar near Pulau Perak, flying at less than 30,000 feet. The signal was lost after that.

Why did the pilots change course without telling ground control? Why was it flying in the direction it was going?

Was the plane hijacked? Certainly the police are taking it seriously.

Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said, “We are looking into four areas: 1) hikacking, 2) sabotage, 3) psychological problems of the passengers and crew and 4) personal problems among the passengers and crew.”

Authorities from around the world are helping with the search, and maybe rescue, and as I write this, are stepping up the efforts and widening the search areas. But as of yet, no debris has been found.

There are those that lead us to believe that we are under surveillance 24/7 and that the computers know just about everything. Well, this just proves that that isn’t quite so, just yet, because no one knows at all right now. What we do know is, they’ve lost a plane.

And I’m not giving up on the planet in another solar system just yet.

Opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Andy Rapp, Q-TV, Delta College, or PBS.


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