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It has been a lead story for weeks now: “What Happened to Malaysian Flight 370?” Naturally, folks have been talking about it and no exception here. Not being a slavish devotee of the mainstream media, plus having a “what’s the real story here?” ‘tude, I discussed it with several knowledgeable friends, looking for some possible insight into the subject.

One of them, a former flight operations officer for Flying Tigers (the largest all-cargo airline in the world at one time), had been responsible for complete flight plans, weight and balance for B-747 and DC8-63 freighters. These were all international flights between the U.S. and SE Asia, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Seoul. He was also director of cargo for a major foreign flag carrier and worked with diplomats and U.S. Department of Transportation officials.

My friend, we’ll call him “Allen,” had some strong opinions on the matter, and what he had to say may be disturbing to some. The scenario that he put forth in our conversation is something the experts in media and government have not addressed. According to Allen, what the media has reported so far “sounds like a wild ride in Disneyland – fantasy and fear – making no sense and confusing both viewers and family members.”

Perhaps the best course of action, unlike the media coverage, is to let Allen speak for himself. The following is the essence of our conversation:

“Ben, in my opinion, a cover-up has begun. The plane took off from Kuala Lumpur destined for Beijing, China. Look, airplanes don’t just fall out of the sky. First, this aircraft had more than enough fuel to reach its destination, with an additional three hours’ worth. Next, the airplane had a flight crew of both pilot and co-pilot. Every two-man international flight of such length would most likely have a ‘deadhead’ crew of a captain and first officer onboard in case of emergency. The news organizations have never mentioned this procedure when the issue of a passenger manifest was discussed. There was the mention of an ‘unidentified flight engineer’ onboard. I laughed out loud when I heard this, because flight engineers have not existed in the new generation aircraft, commercially, in over 20 years. There are no flight engineers, nor are there navigators.”

He continued, “It is reported the MH370 flight departed Malaysian airspace and made a 90-degree turn to the West and the transponders disengaged. The rumors of this plane flying out to the Indian Ocean may be correct, but certainly not for eight hours. From this point on, there is no communication with MH370. No distress calls, nothing! It would be very easy for any additional flight crew that may have been onboard to either work in conjunction with the pilot and first officer or even take over. Either way, there had to be experienced flight deck crews to successfully take control of the aircraft. There have also been reports of the plane climbing to an altitude of 45,000 feet, though most commercial aircraft rarely go over 41,000.”

Allen continued, “MH370 flying very close to another aircraft would not be considered by most ground controls as anything but one aircraft. It would be very easy for the flight to shadow another commercial airline on the same flight path from the Indian Ocean to the vicinity of one of these rogue nations. Radar would not necessarily detect two aircraft.

“This would make total sense, especially considering there are some very high mountain ranges along the Indian route. As the aircraft approached the destination selected by the individuals in control, it would then drop to an altitude below radar detection. There are others, like me, who believe this flight is most likely on the ground in one piece, and the most likely area would be a rogue nation such as Pakistan or Iran.”

“Wait Ben,” he said as I started to interrupt, “this makes sense if you consider that Malaysia is majority Islamic and has a history of being a safe haven for terrorists and their plans. The Malaysia Airlines’ CEO, flight crew, spokespersons and prime minister are all Islamic. I must confess, I heard little or nothing regarding Islam or ‘radar shadowing’ in the reporting.”

He further stated, “This scenario is more than likely the case if one considers terrorist involvement.”

He then asked me, “Media reports have suggested possibilities ranging from mechanical failure, smoke in the cockpit, or dangerous cargo on the aircraft. Any one of these scenarios might be possible, but wouldn’t the crew be trained to file numerous distress calls if that were the case? They have made every excuse to support mechanical failure, but doesn’t it seem strange to you that a fire or something mechanical would occur more than eight hours later over the deepest waters in the world without one single distress call or notice? Finally, these pilots are professionals; why, then, was MH370 thousands of miles off course over the Indian Ocean?”

He wasn’t finished yet. And let me say this: My friend is not given to flights of fancy, nor is he anti-ethnic; he simply believes that Americans, based on the free press provision in the Constitution, should have factual, not conjectural or censored, reportage. He went on further to clearly state that, in his opinion, “This scenario is more than mere conjecture.”

“Ben, listen, it seems to me, as of this discussion today, the world is being led around like elephants grabbing the tail of the one in front. In my considered opinion, this could be one of the biggest charades in aviation history. The world must stop pretending this was anything but a criminal action, orchestrated at the highest levels of the Malaysian Government and rogue fanatics out to destroy both American and Israeli interests.”

I said, “Come on, Allen, that’s pretty far out, and what gives you the idea that Muslims are involved?”

He paused for a moment, and I could tell he was considering his reply, “Man, don’t you know that for over five decades Islamic terrorists have not only threatened to fly a commercial aircraft into Tel Aviv, but continue to call for the end of both Israel and the United States?

“With all due respect, terrorists do not care about human life. Islamic terrorists flew three hijacked aircraft, loaded with passengers, into the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon, and only the actions of some passengers caused one to crash into the lush Pennsylvania countryside instead of the U.S. Capitol building. Islamic terrorists place no value on the lives of infidels.”

There was a long silence, and then he said, “My heart and deepest sympathies go out to the families of the passengers who have suffered this cruel action by potential terrorists, Malaysia Airlines, and its government (which owns the airline).”

He paused, then added, “It is my considered opinion that, more than likely, every country involved in this search knows much more than what we are seeing and hearing on global news.”

I have pondered Allen’s remarks, and after reconsidering the Benghazi “incident” and other issues on which the current administration and mainstream media seemed to have been less than forthcoming, could I simply disregard his positions?

I may not agree with everything he said, but I do find it interesting, that with all our modern technology (some of which, from a drone hundreds of feet up, can locate and kill a single individual), we cannot locate a huge Boeing 777.

As someone on the block might say, “What up wid dat?”

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