Now we have a former Malaysian Prime Minister accusing the CIA and
Boeing of having taken over the plane by remote control and flying
off to somewhere. Is everyone associated with the Malaysian govt
nuts and/or incompetent?
"Missing Flight MH370 did not crash and its current whereabouts may be know to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Boeing aircraft company, Malaysia's influential former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has claimed.
Dr Mahathir said the plane could have been switched onto autopilot remotely by the CIA if it had been hijacked."
(There is of course no shred of evidence that this CIA controlled
system exists in any plane.)
'Airplanes don't just disappear,' he said. 'Certainly not these days with all the powerful communication systems, radio and satellite tracking and filmless cameras which operate almost indefinitely and possess huge storage capacities.'
(Sure, but the radio and satellite tracking systems, ie VHF radios,
transponders, ACARS were off, which a pilot or hijacker with some
minimal knowledge about the plane could easily do.)
'The plane is somewhere, maybe without MAS [Malaysia Airlines] markings,' he said, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
(The CIA hijacked it, flew it to where? repainted it? for what purpose?
where are the passengers?)
'It is a waste of time and money to look for debris or oil slick or to listen for pings from the black box.
"For some reason, the media will not print anything that involves Boeing or the CIA,' he said.
(I guess that's what happens when you're a conspiracy nut with nothing
to support your accusations.)
Dr Mahathir, 88, who was Malaysia's prime minister between 1981 and 2003, said the missing flight's communication system 'must have been disabled'.
'Or else the flight of MH370 would have been tracked by satellites which normally provide data on all commercial flights, inclusive of data on location, kind of aircraft, flight number, departure airport and destination.
(Wow! He figured that out? We knew on day 1 that there was no
communication via VHF radio, and that the transponders and ACARS
had been disabled.)
'But the data seems unavailable. The plane just disappeared seemingly from all screens.
(Wow, that's new! Actually, it didn't disappear from all screens.
Malaysian militart and civilan radar continued to track it for
portions of the next hour as it flew back across Malaysia)
'All the communications and GPS equipment must have been installed by Boeing. If they failed or have been disabled Boeing must know how it can be done.
(Sure they know how it can be done, ss do all the many pilots
who've been telling us since the first days. The pilot or a hijacker
could do it by opening a couple of cockpit breakers.)
'Surely Boeing would ensure that they cannot be easily disabled as they are vital to the safety and operation of the plane.'
(Sure speculate on what Boeing might have done, instead of how the
systems actually work, which has been gone over extensively in
the media, citing loads of credible sources, eg pilots, 777 trainin
pilots, accident investigators, showing it done in simulators, etc.)
"Dr Mahathir's blog posts come after the current Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak described the location by satellite of purported MH370 debris in the Indian Ocean as 'bizarre' and 'hard to believe'.
Mr Najib told CNN he did not believe it when he first heard about the critical satellite data on which the current search in the Indian Ocean is based on.
'To be honest, I found it hard to believe,' said the Prime Minister.
'It's a bizarre scenario which none of us could have contemplated so that's why when I met the team...of foremost experts in aviation industry I asked them again and again "are you sure?"'
'And their answer to me was we are as sure as we can possibly be.'
(I too was wondering how exactly Inmarsat was doing this. And I
agree with the families who want the raw Inmarsat data released so
their analysis can be vetted by other experts. The Malaysian govt,
which the above PM heads,
has resisted that for weeks, but apparently has finally OK'd it.
But you'd have to be a real dope of a PM to spew out the above
statement, bascially undermining your own govt investigation's
credibility. And even worse, to spew it out while refusing for
weeks to release the raw Inmarsat. But they seem to be able to
consistently make themselves look like buffoons since day one.)