A few days ago, if someone had asked me if I thought this lost Malaysia plane had anything to do with the TV show Lost, I would’ve just laughed at them. But that was a few days ago, and somehow we still haven’t found a Boeing 777. So my brain is officially open to all possibilities.
In case you’re behind on the news, I shall briefly catch you up. On March 8th, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with 239 people aboard, headed for Beijing, China. Forty minutes after take-off, it disappeared from air traffic control radar, AND IT WAS NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN. Sorry to be dire, but seriously, that’s the deal — there hasn’t been a single sign of this aircraft in four days.
There are a lot of theories out there about what could have happened, and as time goes on, they get more and more far-fetched. Because, honestly, they’d have to be at this point, to explain how a three-hundred ton airplane vanished out of the sky without leaving a trace. Here are some of the creepy deets that have us wondering if John Locke and Jack Shephard were aboard. (No disrespect, obviously — my brain is just completely unable to comprehend this situation.)
- No wreckage has been found. For a while they thought they found oil residue on the surface, but it turned out to be unrelated.
- There was no distress call, which suggests an absence of terrorist activity.
- Satellite images haven’t picked up any type of visible explosion. That technically leaves the options of an explosion in the engines or an ‘explosive decompression, where the fuselage breaks apart suddenly and catastrophically’, both of which might not be visible from space.
- Two passengers used stolen passports to board the flight.
- The smart phones of many of the passengers are still ringing through, although logically any electronics should be either destroyed or drained of battery by now.
- New radar evidence suggests that the flight was 200 miles off course. The plane disappeared from civilian radar at 1:30am when the transponder stopped, but it was able to be picked up by military radar at 2:40am heading in completely the opposite direction at an altitude 1,000 feet lower than when it first disappeared.
— CNN Wire (@CNNWire) March 11, 2014
- That rules out mechanical failure, as it shows the plane flying another 350 miles after losing contact with air traffic control.
- According to an AP article, the co-pilot on this flight has a history of allowing passengers to ‘ride up front’ (sorry, pretending that’s a normal phrase for use in aeroplanes) in the cockpit, as a woman named Jonti Roos said stated and a friend did so for an entire hour-long flight from Phuket, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur in 2011. According to her, the arrangement didn’t seem at all unusual to the rest of the crew, and both pilot and copilot smoked cigarettes in the cockpit.
What. The. Fuck. They’re adjusting the search area now, considering it was hundreds of miles off from where they thought it was, so hopefully we’ll have some new information soon. But as for right now, this is seeming a lot more like a prime time pilot (no pun intended) to me than a legitimate news story. So eerie.