COMMENTARY | I have thus far refrained from commenting on the missing Malaysia Air Flight 370 because the narrative has tended to change from hour to hour. But finally there are certain aspects of the mystery that have been agreed upon.
At some point Flight 370 from Kuala Lampur to Beijing diverted from its flight path and apparently headed west over the Indian Ocean. Someone manually cut off the Boeing 777’s transponder and another satellite communications system. The plane seems to have exhibited some strange maneuvers at first, but went on to fly for about seven hours.
So where is Flight 370? Theories abound:
It is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
It landed at some hidden airstrip somewhere within its flight range, which could be anywhere from Iran to Indonesia, and is under the control of either terrorists or organized criminals. Either the passengers are dead or being held as hostages. The plane itself is or is not being prepared for some nefarious purpose.
It went through a wormhole and is either in the distant past, the distant future, an alternate universe, or on the island from “Lost.”
It was captured by space aliens.
The last two possibilities are unlikely, of course, but have been thrown in for fun. One laments seriously the death of Tom Clancy. This is the sort of scenario he might have written about.
How the story goes from here is anyone’s guess. It is entirely possible that intelligence agencies know more than what they’re telling, which would point to the plane and possibly the passengers in the hands of evil doers. In that case a rescue mission (here is the Tom Clancy scenario at work again) is being prepared even as I type.
The situation is certainly hard on the friends and relatives of the passengers, but it represents one of those rare mysteries about which few facts are known but speculation can be endless. How it ultimately turns out is anyone’s guess.