Each day brings less information and more possibilities to the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Today’s release of an arc that spans from Afghanistan in the North to the Cook Islands in the South just serves to make the puzzle entirely baffling.
Though Prime Minister Najib Razak says the movements are consistent with someone deliberately controlling the plain off its course, the fact that so few in the world have the skills to operate the brand new Boeing 777 in such a sophisticated manner is bound to raise the most extreme conspiracy theories about just what happened.
Here are the top conspiracy theories about the disappearance of MH370 so far:
1. Cloaking Technology
A compelling case has just been made about the presence on the flight of 20 employees of Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor which makes military grade radar “cloaking” technology. This would mean the plane was basically made invisible. For what purpose, no one yet knows. But the fact that the contractors have were working with several countries across Asia can only lead to the proliferation of more theories.
Two theories related to the presence of these skilled operators with military secrets have already made the rounds. One is that the Chinese government knew of their presence and diverted the plane in order to arrest them and force them to help their air force develop similar technology. They’d just blow up the rest of the passengers and plane to cover this up. The second is that the U.S. got wind of this plot, and rather than risk the technology falling into Chinese hands, destroyed the plane itself.
We can think of a third spin on it—worthy of a Hollywood movie—that the Freescale employees plotted the disappearance themselves to steal some….some…some…Nazi gold on board the flight! Yeah that’s it.
Of course the nuttiest have jumped to the conclusion that it could only be aliens. The International Business Times has published a long list of tweets and social media posts making this claim and the site ForbiddenKnowledgeTV spins an elaborate reading of radar traces to suggest a UFO was in the vicinity. Many feel the governments of the world have been hiding alien activity for decades—so there’s no way they’d let the mere disappearance of some 200 people all at once disrupt that strategy.
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Many have speculated that it was blown out of the air by missile such as when an Iranian airliner was shot out of the sky by a US warship in 1988. Many of these theories speculate upon the existence of a new kind of missile that can obliterate an object without leaving a trace.
4. Meteor Hit
Could the plane have been hit with a meteor? CNN has pointed out that there was a meteor cited in the area. A meteor strike could conceivably have been so devastating there would be no debris. If this is the case why would the world’s governments collude to hide the fact? Perhaps to save the global travel industry, because who needs a brand new reason to be terrified of flying.
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5. Giant Life Insurance Scam
Could one of the passengers been carrying so much life insurance that greedy relatives would have blown up the flight in order to claim the money? The Mirror has reported that the Malaysian government has not, repeat, not , ruled this theory out. “Maybe somebody on the flight has bought a huge sum of insurance, who wants family to gain from it or somebody who has owed somebody so much money,” Khalid Abu Baker, the chief of police said. “Uou know, we are looking at all possibilities.”
6. A New Bermuda Triangle
It’s been 30 or 40 years since the idea of the Bermuda Triangle, where strange things happened including the disappearance of yachts and planes, captured the world’s imagination. It was an especially popular Hollywood plotline in the 70’s. But it has leapt back into people’s imaginations as they scratch their heads over the disappearance of MH370. Some theorists have begun drawing triangles over maps of the South China Sea looking for convergances.
A great example of Hollywood’s approach to this kind of supernatural disappearance is available streaming free here on FilmOn’s VOD service: The Disappearance of Flight 412.
7. Black Magic
So, there’s this one: The plane was hijacked by elves and is being suspeneds in mid-air where no one is looking. Malaysian newspaper the New Straits Times has quoted a shaman who says on black magic can find the plane. Datuk Mahaguru Ibrahim Mat Zin, also known as Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP made the claim that the missing aircraft was hijacked by elves. Perhaps adding fuel to this theory is a call from Islamic Imams in the region to ignore aiding in any of these black magic efforts in case they would interfere with their prayers to Allah to intervene.
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8. Dangerous Cargo
Could a large load of lithium ion batteries on board have caught fire, spewing toxic fumes that knocked the pilots, and then he passengers out? Travel expert Peter Greenberg has advanced that theory.
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9. Plenty More
There’s plenty more: suggestions that the illuminati are involved; that a hydrogen bomb on board created a miniature black hole that sucked in the plane.
And of course there’s all the references to J.J. Abrams’ Lost—part dark humor and part hope against hope that the ending changes and the passengers are alive.
Meanwhile FilmOn has plenty of ways to keep up with legit news on the search:
Check out domestic reports from the Associated Press about the investigation via FilmOn Breaking News.
Al Jazeera, meanwhile, offers international coverage of the disappearance.
China Central Television (CCTV News) offers reports from local officials involved directly in the investigation.
Press TV offers a roundup of global events, including an overview of the incident.
And The New York Times’ World News promises to keep you up to date with all new developments:
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