There’s a New York Magazine piece suggesting that MH370 was hijacked and flown to Kazakhstan, likely to an air strip leased by Russia.
All it requires to get there is assuming that data suggesting the plane went somewhere else must have been faked, and once you ignore it you can plot a path that could get you there.
One of the commenters on my blog had learned that the compartment on 777s called the electronics-and-equipment bay, or E/E bay, can be accessed via a hatch in the front of the first-class cabin.15 If perpetrators got in there, a long shot, they would have access to equipment that could be used to change the BFO value of its satellite transmissions. They could even take over the flight controls.
Once you learn that “there were three ethnically Russian men aboard MH370” it’s obvious! But why was it hijacked and taken to Kazakhstan?
Because Vladimir Putin is a really bad guy, and…
Maybe he wanted to demonstrate to the United States, which had imposed the first punitive sanctions on Russia the day before, that he could hurt the West and its allies anywhere in the world. Maybe what he was really after were the secrets of one of the plane’s passengers. Maybe there was something strategically crucial in the hold. Or maybe he wanted the plane to show up unexpectedly somewhere someday, packed with explosives.
Suggesting Putin did it to show he was powerful, while not taking the credit, makes no sense. Besides, nuclear weapons.
And what would he need the plane for, packing it with explosives, because Russia has an air force. And civilian airlines. He could just buy a Boeing 777, or a Tupolov.
Not saying the plane couldn’t be where the article suggests, I think it’s less likely than not, but the Putin stuff is just off the rails.
To suggest it was unclaimed payback for sanctions imposed the day before but that he must have been plotting for months to make it happen with such precision, defies credulity.
MH370 is one of the great mysteries of aviation at this point, which will continue to generate theories and speculation. But seeing posts coming through my Facebook feed suggesting this particular theory is ‘80% likely’… I just don’t believe that level of confidence is warranted, at least without first knowing how the underpants gnomes intend to use the underwear they steal.