After Malaysian officials confirmed that Flight 370 had been hijacked by a person or people ‘with significant flying experience,’ they also announced that they believe the plane took one of two paths. And in a bone-chilling turn of events, one of those paths was towards Pakistan, a country that has been known to harbor terrorist sects like Al Qaeda.
Now that the Prime Minister of Malaysia has concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was carrying 239 passengers, was hijacked, the next question is where the plane was taken. One theory is that the plane headed south towards the Indian Ocean, but unfortunately, the other theory is that the aircraft flew along a northern corridor near southeast Pakistan, which is known to be a hotbed of terrorism.
Malaysia Airlines: Did Hijackers Fly Flight 370 To Pakistan?
Flight 370 last made contact between Malaysia and Vietnam, CNN reports. Subsequent radar pings suggest that the plane could have then taken two possible paths after its communication devices were turned off. The more dire path — one that reinforces that this hijacking was an organized terrorist attack — extends from northern Thailand to the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan border, an area range that includes Pakistan.
Taking the aircraft’s fuel reserves into account, it’s possible that the plane could have flown long enough to land in southeast Pakistan, which right now seems to be a worst case scenario. Pakistan has long been a home to terrorist cells — it is where Osama bin Laden founded Al Qaeda, and the terrorist group still exists in parts of the country. The fear is that Flight 370 was allowed to land in the country, and that now a dangerous terrorist group is planning to use the plane for an attack — or at least set up a hostage situation with the 239 passengers who were on board.
This is all just grand speculation at the moment — a theory that would suggest that governments are assisting the hijackers.
Flight 370: Did It End Up In The Indian Ocean?
The other proposed flight path proposes that the plane flew south into the Indian Ocean after its last contact. Authorities suggest that the plane then crashed into the deep sea. There is much less of a motive connected to this corridor of flight, but search and rescue teams have subsequently amped up their efforts in the vast ocean.
This southern path could explain why authorities haven’t been able to find Flight 370 yet, because the area it supposedly would have ended up in is so vast and uninhabited. But we’re obviously still very far away from having all the answers in this mysterious, tragic episode.
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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