(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – The search for Malaysian Airlines MH370 continues. With no concrete information available after a week of searching, the world hasn’t been confronted with a similar situation since the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra in 1937.
Disappearing one week ago, the Boeing 777-200 took off with 239 people aboard bound for China. About one hour after takeoff, the plane suddenly disappeared from radar, its transponder having gone dark.
The 227 passengers came from multiple countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United States.
Despite the one-week search with at least 43 ships and 40 aircraft from multiple countries – Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam – all that’s been found are false clues and misinformed leads.
Since FLATLINEgov‘s last article on the disappearance of MH370, several new facts have come to light:
- The plane’s engines were originally thought to have run for one hour after its disappearance from radar. In our previous article, officials had bumped up the estimate to four hours. Today, that number is up to seven hours after disappearing. “That’s one fuel-efficient jetliner,” commented an aviation industry expert, speaking on condition of anonymity.
- Officials are now focusing away from a possible crash. “It’s unlikely because there’s been not one piece of debris found up to now,” said a Malaysian Airlines spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Is it still possible? Of course. But until a terrorist group claims to have blown up the plane in flight, or until a country comes forward and admits shooting it down, we have to focus on alternatives. Don’t worry, though. We’ll still consider a crash an option. Until it’s an impossibility, we’ll still consider it a possibility.”
- Since an explosion is a less-likely scenario, officials are now suspecting foul play involving a possible hijacking of the airliner. “Even though no group or country has come forward to take credit for bringing down an airliner, it doesn’t mean it’s not so,” said a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Only time will tell, but until proven otherwise, we’re suspecting foul play in the disappearance of MH370.
- Those involved with the 1978 movie Foul Play, starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, were offended to see their work of entertainment be dragged into this disaster. “We’re offended that anyone would blame Foul Play for this terrible tragedy,” said a spokesman for Chase, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Just because the movie had an element of terror is no reason to slander a great American actor. Sure, it had an albino. And it had a dwarf. But the Lord of the Rings trilogy had dwarves, too. Are you going to blame [Lord of the Rings author] J.R.R. Tolkien for this, too?”
- In addition to learning more about the plane’s potential flight path and number of possible airborne hours, officials from the United States National Security Agency (NSA) have learned about a number of passengers and their onboard activities. “We’re not allowed to give names until Malaysian Airlines gives names,” said a NSA spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We know that the passenger seated in 2A threw his or her drink at a flight attendant because ‘the scotch was sub-par’. We know that the passenger seated in 11E was being crushed in his or her middle seat, complaining loudly on multiple occasions. And we know that the passenger seated in 36J went against their Kosher upbringing and ordered a bacon cheeseburger, even though it was the Sabbath.”