Nearly three days after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 mysteriously went missing, rescue helicopters and ships are still searching for the jet.
The Malaysia Airlines flight, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board, lost contact with air traffic controllers early Saturday morning and has been MIA ever since.
After vanishing from thin air, the international effort to locate the plane’s wreckage has gone nowhere. The Vietnamese government reported two oil slicks spotted off the southern tip of the country that were pretty consistent with what would be left by fuel from a crashed jet, but so far they haven’t been proven to be linked to the disappearance. Rescuers also rushed to investigate a yellow object that looked like a life raft on Monday but it turned out to be moss-covered trash floating in the ocean.
Adding suspicions to the sudden disappearance is the fact that two of the passengers on the flight boarded using stolen passports. Two tickets were purchased together from a travel agency in the beach resort of Pattaya, Thailand, using an Italian and Austrian passport that had been stolen in Thailand several years ago. Also, five passengers booked on the flight did not board, and their luggage was consequently removed.
Mysterious disappearance… stolen passports… FBI involvement… time for some conspiracy theories!!
Terrible Conspiracy Theory #1: Muslim terrorists from Malaysia (although they could be from anywhere – as long as they’re Muslim) boarded using stolen European passports and proceeded to hijack the plane, sending it spiraling into the ocean. If they could board with stolen passports, who knows what else they could have snuck on board?
But if they were true terrorists, why hasn’t their organization claimed responsibility for the attack?
Terrible Conspiracy Theory #1 Continued: The hijackers had planed to hit some kind of Chinese target a la 9/11 but something went horribly wrong and they ended up in the ocean. Now, in order to carry their plan through, the terrorist organization must remain quiet until they can board another flight.
Terrible Conspiracy Theory #2: Someone is out to get Malaysia Airlines, whose shares fell 18% to a record low on Monday.
Meanwhile, relatives of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members have been told to expect the worst. Although there has been no confirmation that the Boeing 777 had crashed, the Malaysia Airlines jet is definitely out of fuel by now. Among the passengers, 154 people were from China or Taiwan and 38 were from Malaysia. The plane was also carrying six Australians, three Americans citizens (including an infant) and two Canadians.