While authorities continue to search for Flight 370 and investigate the plane’s pilots, a new theory has emerged lending the families of the 239 passengers a shred of hope. Could the plane have possibly landed in some remote location?
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now being moved to land, as a new theory suggests that the aircraft made its last satellite ping after it landed somewhere on the ground. Up until March 16, officials had assumed that the plane’s final satellite signal, which occurred nearly seven hours after the plane was diverted off course, had been sent while the plane was still in the air. So could the jet still be in tact?
Malaysia Flight: Did It Land Before Its Last Satellite Signal?
Investigators say that the ping was detected from one of two air corridors — a northern route from northern Thailand to Kazakhstan and a southern route from Indonesia to the Indian Ocean, according to CNN. It has been presumed that this satellite signal was sent from the air, but for the first time on March 16, officials stated that they have not ruled out the possibility that it was transmitted from the ground.
“It would be a possibility and perhaps a probability that the aircraft is on the ground transmitting those signals,” John Lindsay, former head of air safety at British Airways, told Sky News. “If this has been a very carefully orchestrated, pre-planned event then the aircraft and its passengers are the asset of the people who perpetrated this activity. It would be bizarre to destroy your asset by running out of fuel and crashing it anonymously into one of the oceans or a land mass without declaring what the point of the exercise is.”
Flight 370: Could The 239 Passengers Still Be Alive?
This theory totally opens up a new door in this mysterious and tragic case, but most importantly it has led families of the passengers on Flight 370 to regain some hope, because if this theory is true, at the very least the passengers would still be alive, even though they would likely be hostages.
“I hope this is a hijacking, because they are of loved ones,” Mr. Li, a father of one of the passengers, told CNN. “I hope that they are alive no matter how small the chance is.”
However, there is a very small chance that a Boeing 777 could land somewhere without being detected, CNN points out. And because the plane is so large, it would also be difficult to land it on a small, undetected airstrip.
But at least for the first time in more than a week, a shred of hope has been injected into this truly tragic episode.
— Andrew Gruttadaro