—– update: Mar 17, see below
Well, since there appears to be conspiracy theories left and right, I’d like to add mine too – yep, me too, me too… in adding to the massive amount of speculation around the world.
Okay, if this airliner is not on the ocean floor bed, sadly entombing 239 people, then it landed somewhere – one of two options, it did not just disappear…
On March 10th, I had posted the following (and received a few, just a few, comments from crackpots and idiots who do not believe in brainstorming):
I had not wanted to post this here (a closed to the public Intelligence website) but it seems that more sites (like the Chicago Tribune) are starting to force people to use the social networking sites to post comments (like factbook, err, facebook and twitter, etc.).
We have no real info on this incident yet, either way, it is horrific, not counting the two who illegally used stolen passports – those are 237 innocent people on that plane, a mind boggling loss (no comparison to 9/11 of course).
In the meantime, I was thinking, or rather – brainstorming. The creative and more forward thinking people (creative & innovative thinkers, Intelligence Analysts/Officers, Business Intelligence Analysts, law enforcement, etc.) out there will appreciate the distinction.
I was thinking that what if the plane was actually hijacked for other reason… and likely without the pilots collusion by:
a) gassing the entire plane to put everyone else to sleep,
b) taking over the cockpit,
c) dumping some fuel/oil to indicate a crash site,
d) kill the radio and transponders (or just turn them off),
e) flying below any and all radar and
f) making their way to some sparsely populated areas to avoid being seen and hide it…
The plane may be 12 years old, but could be re-sold (after scrubbing it of all identifying marks) and re-flagged (illegally), sold for its parts (think big chop shop), or any number of other unthinkable things.
But again, this is just a brainstorming possibility, besides the “possible terrorist” link.
Today, March 15: If the plane landed somewhere, it only needed appx 3,500 – 5,000 feet of space to land. Apparently, according to Tom Casey (a former 777 pilot who was on CNN today), a friend of his landed and stopped a 777 in 3,500 feet.
Now, if this IS a hijacking stemming from some zealots or adversaries or criminals – all they would have to do is gather enough cheap labor to clear a swath of land, long enough to land and just wide enough to make a turn (maybe on this point).
They would just have to clear trees, tall grass and any large rocks – all that is necessary to just land the plane. A somewhat smooth (free of potholes and rocks and trees) plot of land is all they need if they are stripping it (think huge chop shop) for the metals, high tech components and precious metals.
— Think back to Vietnam and how many rough, impromptu airfields were cleared this way without Seabees being involved.
If they are re-purposing the plane, well, they need to do a better clearing job.
And of course afterwards, cover the plane with a LOT of tree branches/leaves or camo tarp…
— As to all those extra hands who were engaged to clear the land, many zealot groups seem to have no compunction in terminating people for the greater good of some god (you pick one) and leaving their conscious free of any residual guilt.
Then, if the plane really is being repurposed, to what end: Drugs, Human Trafficking, Theft or as a WMD?
All the perps need to do is repaint some other airliner’s colors on this newly acquired plane and initialize the transponders with stolen data (remember, IF it is not on the ocean floor – if they were smart to steal this jet, then they should have no problem stealing some transponder data to spoof another airliner).
Now, again, if the plane IS NOTon the floor bed we have one of four scenarios:
1) Drug smuggling vehicle (possibly a one shot event)
2) Human trafficking (possibly a one shot event here too)
3) Chop shop for the materials (see above)
4) Use as a WMD with a dirty bomb or massive amounts of ammonium nitrate aboard…
You choose one with your knowledge and best guess… No one in authority seems to know where this bird is located.
Mar 17 update:
Runway space – “if” this plane did land somewhere, all they (or he or she) ‘might’ possibly need is a 1,000 – 2,000 stretch of runway for the roughest part of the landing, and THEN the “hijacker(s) and team” would work on a make shift extra 1,500 – 2,000 feet for the plane to stop and turn
Passengers gassed – “if” the plane actually ‘did’ go up to 45,000 feet as supposedly reported and “if” the cabin emergency air supply mask system was turned off – then that would solve the gassing of the passengers (rather gruesome if you ask me), supposedly the passengers would just nod off and go to sleep but would not regain consciousness.