I believe that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was either hijacked or experienced an extremely unusual mechanical problem of some kind. If it was hijacked, which is the more likely probability, then it wasn’t done to destroy the plane but to steal it.
The reason I say this is that the passengers were apparently intentionally killed, and there was no reason to do that if the plan was, for example, to fly the plane into a building in New Delhi or Mumbai.
The plane was flown to 45,000 feet, which, given the fact that the pilots have full control over a 777’s pressurization system, would have been high enough to make certain that the oxygen level in the cabin air would drop below the threshold necessary to support life. This would have caused the oxygen masks to deploy, but they last only for 15 minutes. When they ran out, the passengers would have died. The cabin crew’s bottles last 30 minutes, and if there was only one pilot left alive, his oxygen would have lasted an hour. This would have been more than enough time to kill everybody on the plane except him. It might also explain the sudden descent to 23,000 feet. As his oxygen ran out, he would have needed to get the compressors up and the plane down fast.
The killing of the passengers and cabin crew would have been intended to get them out of the way so that the plane could be used for other purposes.
If this is what happened, then it probably hasn’t crashed at all. It’s on the ground somewhere, and it is either going to be used in some sort of horrific terrorist act somewhere in the world, or it is going to be broken up for parts, which will be sold into the black market.
It has been assumed that the plane had its recorded fuel load, but stocks at Kuala Lumpur Airport should be checked immediately to determine whether or not the plane might have taken on additional fuel, enough to reach East Africa, the Middle East or North Korea.
A plane of that size with that range is potentially extremely dangerous, because it could carry a primitive but powerful atomic bomb a very long distance. The space inside a jet could also be crammed with radioactive material and high explosives, which would transform it into a massive dirty bomb.
Flown properly and with knowledge of its systems, it could go completely undetected until just prior to reaching its target. The plane could be now be somewhere in Africa, the Middle East or North Korea being fitted with such a weapon. It could then be flown almost anywhere in Europe and to many parts of the Americas, depending on where it is now.
If this is what is planned, then it is going to happen soon, because whoever is responsible will know that it’s only a question of time before the plane is located.
I sincerely hope that a search is being made not only of the oceans for wreckage, but also by satellite of the ground for the plane itself. If I’m right, once it takes off again, it will be headed for a great city somewhere in the world, and will be loaded with some sort of awful weapon.
The most likely scenario that is emerging is that this is the beginning of a dreadful terrorist attack, not the end.
When I wrote my novel about nuclear terrorism, Critical Mass, I learned just how much fissionable material has disappeared from stockpiles over the years. Add to that more such material being made in North Korea and Iran, and there is easily enough to make a massive dirty bomb or an atomic weapon, and a Boeing 777, with its power and long range, is an ideal bomber.
I very much fear that the search operation in the oceans is playing right into the hands of whomever is involved in this terror act, and I urge the various governments involved to look not only in the sea, but also at every airfield capable of landing a 777 in the region, especially in isolated areas, and especially if the tarmac has recently been laid down.
This search should be at least as urgent a priority as the one taking place at sea, and I would also urge an immediate expansion of the crowdsourcing search to include not only known airfields, but also isolated areas where a new strip could have been laid out, perhaps in Africa.