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The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is intriguing and has fueled the imagination of conspiracy theorists worldwide. Did this plane go down due to mechanical failure or was it the victim of foul play?

Most of the available evidence seems to point to the latter as does the mysterious disappearance itself with still no trace of the aircraft 11 days later. There is growing speculation that perhaps the pilot/s may have somehow been involved and there is an investigation currently under way to explore this possibility.

However, there also exists the possibility that the aircraft was commandeered by others, possibly with the aid of one or both pilots.  The fact is, anyone capable of taking this plane must have not only been a skilled pilot but also someone intimately familiar with its systems as well as tracking and surveillance systems throughout the globe or at least in the general area of the incident.

Consider that the 777 is almost 200 feet long with a similar length wingspan and weighing over a half million pounds at take-off,  this is not a small plane and not one that can easily be hidden. If this plane was taken, it required long and elaborate planning and skillful, well backed resources. The next obvious question is why? Did someone simply want the aircraft for personal use, or perhaps for its value, some $100-150 million in the used market, or do they want to hold the passengers for ransom?

All plausible scenarios, but, unlikely. Stealing an airplane is not like stealing a car where you can simply grind off the serial number and keep it for yourself or strip it for parts. These items are very traceable globally and would easily be discovered. Holding hostages for ransom seems unlikely as most on board were not high profile individuals and it’s unlikely any government would negotiate under such circumstances, besides, no such ransom requests have been made.

Having dismissed the above and since no wreckage has been located thus far, there is another possible explanation. Consider that this aircraft was hijacked not for the purpose of crashing it into the ocean but perhaps for the purpose of using it for a terrorist act in the future, similar to what happened on 9/11. In the hands of terrorists, this aircraft is a guided missile that, given its range, can be targeted almost anywhere in the world including Europe or North America.

It may sound farfetched and incredulous, but consider the facts. It’s clear that whoever is behind this is very knowledgeable and quite capable. They knew how to cloak the aircraft’s position and what course to follow so as to disappear. One thing that puzzles me, however, is given the level of sophistication in the execution of the plan, why did they wait until after making the abrupt left turn over the Gulf of Thailand to switch off the plane’s communications? Is it possible that this too was a ploy to throw everyone off the “scent”? Was it a deliberate action to make us believe the plane was flying west just before losing contact and did it subsequently turn north, east or south? Given there’s no sign of wreckage yet, is it possible everyone is looking in the wrong place?

Ironically, the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death by American forces on 2 May 2011 is coming up. Could this Malaysian airliner be the instrument to avenge his death? Security forces around the world should take heed.