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This definitely wins the craziest theory I’ve heard so far.

There seem to be two main theories emerging as to why, and by far the simplest is the demonstrated by hacker Hugo Teso who is also a commercial pilot. At the ‘Hack in the Box’ conference in April 2013, Teso demonstrated the ability to change speed, altitude and direction of a virtual airplane by sending radio signals to its flight-management system. He has also developed an Android app which demonstrates the vulnerability of modern computer-controlled airliners and business jets called PlaneSploit.

The US has several airbases around the Indian Ocean and South China Sea from which they operate the most advanced electronic warfare gadgetry in the world. Both from specialist warships and electronic warfare pods and installations on a variety of aircraft from the lumbering AWACS battle control planes to fighter jets.

Former scientific adviser to the UK Home Office Dr. Sally Leivesley was quoted by London’s Sunday Express on March 16 as saying, “hackers could change the plane’s speed, altitude and direction by sending radio signals to its flight management system. It could then be landed or made to crash by remote control.” She floated the possibility that this could be the world’s first cyber-hijack.

But Malaysia is a relatively low-tech country and not in a position to know for sure whether this happened or not. Codes of humility in the region also mitigate against the Malaysian authorities being prepared to admit they are out of their depth and lose face.

The second is that MH370’s pilot was simply called by the military on a frequency not being recorded by Air Traffic Control and told something along the lines of, “Vietnamese and other unspecified airspace is suddenly unsafe to fly in due to a military incident so please change frequency and follow instructions to a distant airstrip where we can put you down safely.” The was followed by something like, “Please do not inform passengers as this may alarm them.” The pilot would then be likely to simply comply and passengers may never know that anything was wrong. So if one of these is the means, what about the motive?

I have to admit that it’s incredibly puzzling and frustrating that with the sheer amount of effort and resources that’s gone into searching for this plane that they haven’t been able to find so much as a seat cushion or any sort of debris from a plane that apparently crashed into the ocean. Yes, I understand that it’s a vast area that they are searching but with the satellite technology and the military technology that’s be used it’s still hard to comprehend how absolutely nothing has turned up.

I’m not saying that anything in that off-the-wall RT article makes any sense but I think I, like most people, are dying to know what happened to this plane and the poor people on board. With the Malaysian coming out and flat out saying that we may never have any answers this soon into the search of wreckage that does strike me as a bit suspicious.

So, what do you think happened to flight 370?

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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