Flight 370

Hugh Dunleavy
Hugh Dunleavy
Malaysia Airlines Commercial Director Hugh Dunleavy speaks to journalists about information of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a hotel in Beijing, March 9, 2014. | Photo: China Daily | Hugh Dunleavy, Malaysia Airlines, 370, Interview, Press,

So many unanswered questions.

Every day it seems that the world gets smaller and smaller. You can communicate with a person on the other side of the world with no more effort than it takes push a button. In this hyper-connected era, very seldom do we have a reminder of just how vast our world is.

At around 1:30 a.m. (1:30p.m. ET), a Boeing 777 traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with air traffic controllers over water between Malaysia and Vietnam. Malaysia Airlines flight 370 had 239 souls on board. Almost 5 days later, the world still has no clue what happened to the plane.

How does a plane disappear? In this age when a meteorite is caught on camera by thousands of people and spread around the world in seconds, not even some nomad in the middle of the desert (which all seem to have cell phones with internet capability nowadays) has come forward to say "I saw it fall from the sky", or "I saw it land gently over there".

From my armchair quarterback perch, I can question the technology on the plane and wonder why in this technologically advanced age, something or someone isn't transmitting some type of signal that is perceptible by all of the technology that is currently deployed in search of the plane. But what about the technology on the plane? I'm no expert, but I know that there are at least two types of transmitters on a plane: one activated by impact and the other activated by contact with saltwater. Neither has been activated as far as searchers are aware. One would suspect that this means that the plane did not crash. But both of these devices can be manually switched off ' so that is a very real possibility. If they were switched off, then it points to a possible terrorist or suicide situation.

Stolen passport users
Stolen passport users

At a news conference Tuesday in Sepang, Malaysia, authorities held up pictures of the two Iranian men who are said to have boarded Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with stolen passports. The man at left is said to 19-year old Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad. The other man was not identified. Authorities believe the men were trying to emigrate to Europe. | Photo: Wong Maye | Malaysia Airlines, 370, Iran, Terrorists, Airplane, Jet, Crash, Suspect,

What about all of the cell phones onboard? I have quite a bit of international travel under my belt and I can guarantee that everyone does NOT turn off their devices when directed to do so. Especially now since the restrictions of such wireless devices have been relaxed. Did all of these cell phone users lose access to their phones at once? Even if the passengers and crew were incapacitated due to spontaneous explosive decompression, which has been postulated by some pundits, one would think that some of these phones would still be transmitting a signal of some sort ' GPS or otherwise. At least as long as the batteries held up.

Investigators found that at least two people on board the plane had stolen passports and tickets which points to terrorist activity. I suppose that if this is a terrorist act that it was done as a means to a particular end ' but what is that end? In order for terrorism to be "effective", the terrorized have to know who/what to be afraid of. If not, then it's just what this is panning out to be - a crazy occurrence that has no readily attainable explanation. As of yet, no known terrorist organization has stepped forward to take credit for any involvement in the plane's disappearance.

I mentioned spontaneous explosive decompression, whereby the fuselage is breached and loses compression which would cause the crew to lose consciousness and the plane would eventually crash. But searchers haven't been able to find even a scrap of wreckage that would suggest a crash.

I read that one of the top five conspiracy theories is alien abduction. While I'm not a firm believer in intelligent life outside of Earth (have to see it to believe it ' and even then I would still have questions), I'm not na?ve enough to think that in this vast universe, we're the ONLY living beings. Do I think that aliens snatched a plane out of the sky? HA! No. But wouldn't that be something? The implications alone would be enough to warrant not only another article, but their own full blown book to discuss ' i.e., if there are aliens, did God create them as well? Do they know that? Etc'

Flight 370 path
Flight 370 path

The Malaysian Air Force has traced the last known location of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 to Pulau Perak, a very small island in the Straits of Malacca, according to a senior Malaysian Air Force official. | Photo: Malaysia Airlines | Malaysia Airlines, 370, Iran, Map, Terrorists, Airplane, Jet, Crash, Suspect,

Society, in general, hates not being "in the know". Unfortunately, this is a sensational story not because 239 people are missing, but mainly because we don't know what happened. If the plane was found right away, the big story would be "who's fault is it?". If/when they do find the plane the big story will be "how and what happened? ".

I pray for the souls on board and their families and I hope that they find closure in their ordeal. Until then I guess we will wait, patiently perplexed by the disappearance of a 330 ton metal tube in mid-air. It's almost like we're waiting for David Copperfield to jump out and say "GOTCHA! It was right here all along'THANK YOU!" as he takes a bow...

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