As I have maintained all along, the deliberate turning off of the transponder etc suggests a deliberate act. The latest revelation that it was turned off before last radio contact reinforces this aircraft was essentially stolen in mid air.
What we are witnessing could be a new type of crime which doesn’t have a label as yet. Is it a new type of terrorism? How you would steal an aircraft in-flight is a very bold crime indeed. Many questions remain unanswered so can only be speculation at this time until the aircraft is found. I can understand the frustration the families are feeling and I don’t know how I would respond in the same situation. The families claim they are being left in the dark and not getting the communication they want – answers. The simple fact is that the authorities are in the dark also and it is very hard to communicate to 500 plus people when you have nothing to tell them.
The team of people that are the interface between Malaysia Airlines and the families would have been assembled from existing employees, accountants, engineers, sales staff etc. who will be trying to do their best in what would be very difficult circumstances. These people on the most part are not trained PR or psychology experts and I do feel for them. They will want to give news, but what can they say? These Malaysia Airlines staff have been placed in a very stressful situation and also need support.
I still strongly believe the aircraft has landed somewhere. If the intent was mass murder through deliberately crashing the plane, then why turn-off the transponders and precisely navigate the aircraft for seven hours?
Someone was at the controls, but who, how and why?
- Were Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah and First Officer Fariq Ab Hamid even on board? One scenario could be that they kidnapped before the flight, identities stolen and impostors were in charge.
- Disgruntled employee scenario. One maybe, but both, no.
- Pilots were bribed. Again one only, and would require the other pilot to be locked out.
- Passenger(s) hijacked the aircraft. But how with locked and secure cockpit doors since 9/11?
The recent suggestion that the last ACARS message indicated the aircraft maybe on the ground somewhere is a very significant new piece of information. There must be a very limited number of places the aircraft could have flown over the Indian Ocean, avoiding radar and land with available fuel. Both Pakistan and India have already said they never saw the aircraft on radar so eliminates a North-West track.
Many questions remain:
- Why have there been no demands or claims of responsibility?
- Was this a trial run for something bigger?
- Are there more plane hijackings to come?
- Who was in control?
- Where is the aircraft now?
- Who or what was really on MH370?