Monday, March 17th, 2014
My Dear America:
Today begins another week in which we the people of the world continue to look with fascination at what happened to the formerly routine flight from Koala Lampur, Malaysia to Beijing, China.
As the clues have piled up over the last week the news looks weirder and weirder and the consequences of what is up with this Mystery Plane become tougher to figure out and understand.
At first it was thought that the mystery of Flight MH370 would be easily solved in figuring that the plane sank for some unknown reason in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.
But things have not turned out to be quite that simple. As more and more aviation experts from more and more countries became involved with the investigation it was discovered that after the Transponders shut off and the plane could no longer be tracked easily it became apparent from other methods of tracking that right after the Transponders were apparently turned off by someone on the plane the direction that the plane was flying changed course and headed out in an entirely different direction.
Most experts now seem to agree that someone on the plane, possibly the pilot or co pilot, physically turned off the transponders and manually changed the course of the aircraft. Now, experts and non experts seem to agree that this odd behavior on the part of this aircraft may very well be sinister, or at the very least worrisome.
I certainly do not think of myself as an expert on air travel but it occurs to me that some aspects of this continuing aviation mystery sound ominous, indeed.
Where is this plane, we ask. Did it disappear into some distant ocean? Did it get taken by aliens. Or did it get taken by aliens of a different stripe, terrorists possibly, who may be planning to fly the plane into some long distance target like the 9/11 hijackers did. The best and brightest of our aircraft experts continue to look for clues and for answers to this high flying mystery.
Hopefully we will find out the answers to this modern day mystery soon. As Agent Mulder used to say on "The X Files," "The truth is out there." Hopefully we will find that truth in time to keep another high flying airliner bomb from blowing up something else up in America or elsewhere.
I would certainly hope that we find the Malaysian airliner landed on some deserted island with a home made landing strip and that the passengers are hungry but otherwise healthy and alright. That would be wonderful to have this aviation nightmare end like that but I would be very surprised if it does end like that.
I can be hopeful, though, and will try to be just that until there is good reason to be less than hopeful.