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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Conspiracy Theories-Pending Investigation!

Summary of the eRumor:  
On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off at 12:21AM local time from Kuala Lumpur and was expected to land in Beijing approximately 6 hours later.  The aircraft was a Boeing 777 and carried 227 passengers with 12 crew members. Less than two hours after take off all contact with the plane.   Two passengers who were listed as being on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight turned up elsewhere and reported that their passports had been stolen. Responders in the air and on the sea have found an oil slick and some debris but these have not been connected with Flight MH370.   The plane is still missing and  conspiracy theories of a terrorist attack are flying on the World Wide Net.
 

The Truth:  
TruthOrFiction.Com is following this story and all allegations of foul play, terrorism or alien abduction.  We will post findings here as they develop.  So far, this remains a mystery.


 

Update 03/24/14:

Prime Minister Najib Razak said that Malaysia MH370 flight ended in Indian Ocean.

The government in Malaysia said today that they have concluded that, "based on satellite data analysis from British company Inmarsat, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 ended in the Indian Ocean, and no one on board survived."  This according to a March 24, 2014 article by the U.K.'s Telegraph that said Prime Minister Najib Razak said that "Inmarsat engineers have been able to establish that the plane's last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth."   Razak added, "This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

Update 03/16/14:

Investigators now believe that H370 was hijacked and diverted to possibly reach Pakistan.  

According to a March 16, 2014 article by the Daily Mail in England, investigators now believe that the missing MH370 was hijacked and diverted to possibly reach Pakistan.  The article said, "A Malaysian government official said people with significant flying experience could have turned off the flight's communication devices. The representative said that hijacking theory was now 'conclusive', and, as a result, police have raided the luxury homes of both the captain and the co-pilot."


  

The pilot and co-pilot of the the 777 Zahari Ahmad Shah (photo left) and Fariq Abdul Hamid (photo right) "are now being investigated as police in Kuala Lumpur search for signs of foul play."

 

Background

Loss of contact and sudden course change

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off on March 8 at 12:21AM (local time) from Kuala Lumpur and was expected to land in Beijing approximately 6:30AM.  The jet had reached an altitude of 35,000 feet when contact was lost with the plane at approximately 2:40AM. 

 


 

According to a March 11, 2014 article by USA Today, the Malaysian military radar indicated that Flight 370 made a sharp turn and "flew at least as far as the Malacca Strait west of Malaysia."    The article said, "Malaysian authorities have said the plane's electronic signaling transponder apparently stopped working at about the time civilian flight controllers lost contact with it, near the coast of Vietnam."  Malaysian Air Force Air Force chief General Rodzali Daud told reporters that military radar data showed  "the track of the plane then turning sharply and eventually flying over the island of Pulau Perak -- hundreds of miles off course."
 


Responders in the air and on the sea are busy conducting search and rescue for the missing airliner but so far any debris or oil slicks found on the water have been determined not to be connected with the missing airliner.  This according to a March 9, 2014 article by USA Today.
 

The Chinese Satellite Image


Search planes were dispatched Thursday to conduct a search of an area where Chinese satellite images showed possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  After a series of search patterns, spotters were unable to find anything.  This according to a March 13, 2014 article by CBS News.

 

U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On for Hours


On March 13. 2014 the Wall Street Journal reported that "Aviation investigators and national security officials believe the plane flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing Co. 777's engines as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program."    The article said that "investigators are actively pursuing the notion that the plane was diverted "with the intention of using it later for another purpose."


Course change

On March 14, 2014 Reuters exclusively reported that "Military radar data suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course, heightening suspicions of foul play among investigators."    The article said that there are indications that the missing 777 was "either being flown by the pilots or someone with knowledge of those waypoints."
 


U.S. Military Believes 777 May have Crashed in Indian Ocean


A March 13, 2014 news update by England's Daily Mail reported that the "U.S. military say they believe missing Malaysian jet has crashed in the Indian Ocean and send navy vessel to the area."   The article said, "U.S. destroyer USS Kidd is now reportedly being moved in to search the area, while Malaysia was due to ask for radar data from India and other neighbouring countries to see if they can trace the plane flying north west."


 

Stolen Passports used to board missing airliner


According to a timeline in a March 10,2014 article by Britain's Telegraph, Malaysian authorities are investigating the "identities of at least two other passengers in addition to two who were found to be using stolen passports."

Luigi Maraldi, shown on the left, whose name appeared on the passenger list, reported that his passport had been stolen.   Investigating the incident are the Malaysian Transport and Defence Minister along with their counterparts from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Telegraph said, "Interpol says at least two passports recorded as lost or stolen in its database were used by passengers, and it is 'examining additional suspect passports.'"

In a later report , the Telegraph reported that "two men travelling on stolen passports on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that mysteriously disappeared on Saturday have been identified as Iranian nationals."  The article said that the two Iranians "were travelling on passports belonging to Christian Kozel, an 30-year-old Austrian, and Luigi Maraldi, a 37-year-old Italian."


Two Iranian Nationals boarded the planee

Security camera photos of the Iranian passengers using stolen passports were released on March 11.1.



 

According to a March 11, 2014 article by Fox News, images "showed the two Iranian men boarding a plane at the same time. Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble said Tuesday the two men traveled to Malaysia on their Iranian passports, then apparently switched to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents."   Noble added, that "recent information about the men made terrorism a less likely cause of the plane's disappearance, but that did not allay concerns about the ease of travel involving stolen passports."


Cell phones of missing passengers still ringing

A few family members of passengers of  the missing MH370 airliner said that  "dialing the numbers resulted in ringing tones on the other end, even though the calls weren't picked up."  This according to a March 11, 2014 article by USA Today.    The families have encouraged the airline to search for the global positioning satellite (GPS) location of their loved ones' mobile phones.  Experts in the cellular phone industry said  that a ringing phone is necessarily an indication that the calls went through.  Industry analyst Jeff Kagan told reporters, that the ringing is "just telling you that the network is in the process of finding and connecting to it."

Black hole theory shot down

On March 19, 2014 CNN "anchor Don Lemon read a pair of tweets he received from viewers suggesting the plane's disappearance could be the result of a "black hole," Bermuda Triangle or an occurrence akin to the television series 'Lost.'"  Lemon then pursued the possibility of a black hole encounter Mary Schiavo, a former U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general, and said, "I know it's preposterous, but is it preposterous, do you think, Mary?"  Schiavo agreed that it was preposterous and added,"a small black hole would suck in our entire universe. So we know it's not that. The Bermuda Triangle is often weather, and 'Lost' is a TV show."


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The example of the eRumor was an article posted on the FastCompany.Com website and was linked on the Drudge Report on March 10, 2014.

At the time of this investigation no terrorist organization has made any claim that they are responsible for this incident.


Posted 03/10/14  Updated 03/23/14


 
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet::
BY CHRIS GAYOMALI

Details concerning the sudden, Saturday disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continue to trickle in. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, said the missing Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers an "unprecedented mystery."

Here's what we do know: The flight disappeared on Friday night/Saturday morning en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was at cruising altitude (35,000 feet) and weather was more or less clear. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam say contact with the crew disappeared about 120 nautical miles east of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and radar signals suggest the plane may have turned around before losing contact.

And yet, nearly three whole days later, there are still no signs of the jet or its passengers. And an oil slick spotted in the South China sea originally thought to be a clue turned out to be a false lead:

Two Italian passengers said to be aboard the flight turned out to be safe on the ground, when they told authorities that their passports had, in fact, been stolen earlier. Someone aboard the flight was said to be using them, one of whom resembled a famous soccer player:

Adding another wrinkle to the case, the Wall Street Journal reports that airliners "such as the Malaysian jet also carry emergency beacons to transmit the aircraft's location in the event of a mishap so that rescue teams can reach the site."

These beacons, called emergency locator devices, are activated by impact on land or water, along with other emergency communications equipment. Malaysia's aviation regulator said no signals were received from flight MH370's beacon.
"There are many theories that have been said in the media," Rahman said during a press conference. "Many experts around the world have contributed their expertise and knowledge about what could happen, what happened....We are puzzled as well."

Naturally, conspiracy theories are already flying left and right on social media. One theory suggests the plane's sudden disappearance is a "false flag" operation intentionally planted by CNN. Another claims that some relatives of the passengers onboard have even reported hearing their phones ring--but no one is answering.

Another, just as bizarre conspiracy theory suggests terrorists hijacked the plane, and have parked the plane intact in an abandoned hanger to use as "a weapon of mass destruction" in the future:

Over at Reddit, speculation is surprisingly measured. Says one user who claims to be a pilot:

At 35,000 feet they'd be able to travel another ~100-120 miles (far enough to reach the coast of Vietnam). Depending on the speed of the aircraft, it would take at least 15-30 minutes to reach the earth (or sea), giving them ample time to make a distress call. Throw in this weird stuff with the fake passports, and now reports that the plane apparently had attempted to turn back, and this makes me think something pretty sudden and catastrophic must have happened, and mechanical and/or pilot error seems unlikely in this case..
On Monday, China's state-run media blasted the Malaysian government's rescue efforts, arguing that initial reaction from the country "was not swift enough." Currently, at least 45 ships and 22 aircraft from nine countries, including the U.S., China, and more, are partaking in a joint multi-national rescue effort. "If [the disappearance] is due to a deadly mechanical breakdown or pilot error, then Malaysia Airlines should take the blame," wrote China's Global Times in a scathing editorial. "If this is a terrorist attack, then the security check at the Kuala Lumpur airport and on the flight is questionable."

 


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