As readers surely know, the Malaysian government has decided to declare that the missing Malaysian airliner crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean (first link). It has done so even though there is no debris or physical evidence of any kind from the airliner that confirms that such an event happened. China, which had many of its citizens aboard the missing airliner, is not pleased. China has obviously not accepted the Malaysian declaration at face value. China is demanding from the Malaysian government access to any real evidence that caused Malaysia to come to such a conclusion (second link). In doing so, China is indicating rather strongly that it doubts the conclusion of the Malaysian government, especially since not a shred of physical evidence from the airliner has been found anywhere. There have been some false alarms about debris of some kind floating in the Gulf of Thailand/South China Sea and the southern Indian Ocean, but none of those leads resulted in any evidence that the missing airliner crashed. Indeed, there is floating debris from all kinds of sources that can be found in all the world’s oceans. There is certainly nothing that has been released in the media that would confirm the missing plane crashed anywhere yet.
We do not know the specific motive, but I don’t think it is coincidental that someone very badly wanted to make sure that airliner did not ever reach China. That indicates there was strategic cargo or information or high-tech personnel who were bringing very sensitive information of some kind to China. My previous posts offered publicly-released information about radar contacts that indicated the airliner was headed toward Diego Garcia when it was tracked by Thai and Malaysian military radars over the Strait of Malacca heading toward the Indian Ocean. I think we can dismiss any speculation that the missing airliner headed in any northerly direction. There are so many radars and observers along the militarized Indian-Chinese and Indian-Pakistani borders that I doubt it could have flown deep into Asia without being spotted. With perhaps two billion people living in the region it could have flown towards if it headed in a northerly direction, how could it have escaped observation if it was flying low to try to evade radar detection? Also, no wreckage has been found anywhere in the northern search area. We also have strong evidence that whoever piloted that hijacked airliner had no desire to commit suicide. If he wanted to do that, he could have crashed the airliner into the Gulf of Thailand, the Malaysian landmass, the Strait of Malacca, the Indonesian island of Sumatra or the northern Indian Ocean and the pilot did not choose to do so. This unwillingness of the hijackers to die in any public manner or crash into any target argues strongly they wanted to live. The island of Diego Garcia, which all governments and major media reports have bent over backwards to not mention and pretend it doesn’t exist within the originally drawn circular search area, has a huge US military airbase that could easily handle the Malaysian airliner.
This post will offer some information that readers may wish to consider. At this point, many kinds of speculations are rampant about where the hijacked airliner went and why it was hijacked. The third link reports that an eyewitness in the southernmost atoll region of the Maldive Islands reported seeing the missing airliner flying low overhead and heading toward Diego Garcia. If you get out a world atlas or globe, you will see that the southernmost atolls of the Maldive Islands are not far from Diego Garcia.
There has been much attention in media reports I’ve watched about the Malaysian pilots as possible sources of this hijacking, but there has been little focus on the specific passengers who were on the plane. Were there any high-value passengers on it that could have caused the hijacking of the plane for national security reasons by some other nation than Malaysia? The report in the fourth link thinks so. It asserts that there were 20 “senior staff” from a high-tech company called Free scale Semiconductor which works on high-tech military projects. The report says twelve of the senior staff were Malaysian and eight were Chinese. It proposes a plot involving patents, but I find that proposal speculative. What is very interesting is that the fourth link’s report states that one of the major investors in that company is the rather secretive Carlyle Group, whose leadership and/or top investors includes former US President George H. W. Bush, former British Prime Minister John Major, and a top Saudi company. Hmm.
Another interesting fact is that the “search area” selected in the southern Indian Ocean for the publicized air-sea search efforts included only oceanic surface. Why was that particular search-area selected when no physical evidence from the plane was found there to cause it to be a “search area” at all? Its selection seems to have been arbitrary and capricious, in my view. If the missing airliner had flown on a slightly more westerly course heading than presumed by the selected search area, the Indian Ocean search area could have moved somewhat in a western direction and it would then have contained the Diego Garcia Island chain and the large US air base that could easily land and hide the missing airliner.
So what happened to the missing airliner? We may never know, but the fact that all governments and media reports have almost turned somersaults to avoid mentioning Diego Garcia as an available landing site in the southern Indian Ocean for the hijacked airliner will cause endless speculation that Diego Garcia was the real destination of that airliner. If so, and if the hijacking was to prevent high-tech personnel or information from reaching China, there has been plenty of time for skilled aviation personnel to dismantle the airliner and simulate damage to its constituent parts so that a debris field could be created surreptitiously in the Indian Ocean and then “found” later. On the other hand, perhaps the Malaysian government is right in concluding the airliner crashed in the southern Indian Ocean–even though there is no physical evidence at present that supports that conclusion. Maybe they made a lucky guess.
I feel for the families of the missing people on that hijacked airliner as well as for the people on that plane who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If the plane did land somewhere, what has been done what with the passengers on that plane? Will they ever be heard from again?
China clearly is not ready to close this case, as the second link indicates. I’ll bet the Chinese, Russian and other nations’ satellites will be keeping a very close watch on Diego Garcia for a very long time even after the story leaves the headlines. If China can do so, I’m sure they will place a geosynchronous satellite over the Indian Ocean to keep constant watch on Diego Garcia and the entire region surrounding it. If China ever finds evidence that the missing airliner was hijacked to DiegoGarciaIsland, there will be “hell to pay.”