Malaysia flight 370 has been missing since March 8th, 2014. We interviewed experts who think that it may have been hijacked and that the aircraft and its 239 passengers are hidden in some remote place. The motive: a new electronic warfare gadget.
The days following the disappearance of Malaysia flight #370 had a few journalists at the UN figuring out how far the plane could have flown with the amount of fuel it was carrying. Having taken off from Kuala Lumpur, its routine destination of Beijing was never met. Instead, 239 went missing and at the start of the frantic search of the plane's whereabouts, there were 26 nations involved in its search.
The final words from the cockpit were, "All right, good night". This roger and out was spoken to air traffic controllers. This happened after the plane's data communication system had been partially disabled. The pilots did not mention any trouble on board, suggesting they may have been misleading ground control. There is also the possibility that those words were spoken by someone other than the pilots.
Had the plane veered off course south, it would have flown over the southern Indian Ocean. This body of water is the world's third-deepest and one of the most remote stretches of water in the world. It also counts with little radar coverage. That is, if the plane had flown south. On the other hand, among some in the press at the UN, we looked North. The plane's ACARS(Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System)still managed to provide a very faint but noticeable pulse on an hourly basis which was then collected via satellite. The last pulse registered was at 8:11 a.m. – 7 hours and 31 minutes after the plane took off. It placed the jet somewhere in a huge arc as far north as Kazakhstan in Central Asia, of the southern Indian Ocean.
That 26 nations initially searched for the plane on the Indian Ocean does not prove that it headed that way.
Isaac Yeffet, an aviation expert and former head of global security for El Al, Israel’s national carrier in the 1980s, said investigators were correct in homing in on the two fake-passport carrying Iranian passengers on the doomed flight, and they have wasted valuable time by exploring other leads. The two pilots on the craft evidenced no motive for the destruction of the plane. One of the pilots had been working as such for 30 years, the other was happily married. The fact that no debris has been found points to the possibility of the Flight 370 was hijacked and landed, and now is hidden. “From the United States to China to Japan, everybody is searching for this aircraft or piece of it. And there is no sign. So in my opinion, the aircraft was hijacked. And it was an excellent plan from the terrorists, to land in a place where they can hide the plane and no one can find it.", declared Isaac Yeffet who also now works as as an aviation security consultant in New Jersey.
The motive for the disappearance of the plane, and the means were all found on board. Flight 370 counted on twenty passengers who worked for Freescale Semiconductor, which makes powerful microchips, including for the defense industry, had just released a new product days before the disappearance of the flight. Twenty of its senior consultants were on the flight. The new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems was released to the American market on 3 March 2014.
According to Ted Jeory, "Avoiding radar via 'cloaking technology' has long been of the objectives of the defense industry and Freescale has been active developing chips for military radar. On its website, the company says its radio frequency products meet the requirements for applications in 'avionics, radar, communications, missile guidance, electronic warfare and identification friend or foe. Last June it announced it was creating a team of specialists dedicated to producing 'radio frequency power products' for the defense industry. And on March 3rd, it announced it was releasing 11 of these new gadgets for us in 'high frequency, VHF, and low-band UHF radar and radio communications'". That 20 experts of this state of the art technology were on board this flight could be sufficient motive for a rogue state to wish to highjack their knowledge and expertise.
Pini Schiff, is one of Israel's leading aviation experts. He says his guess is as good as anyone's regarding the plane's whereabouts. He also believes there’s a good possibility that it has been brought down, intact, on a hidden runway in some far-flung corner of the world.
Lt. Col. (Res.) Eran Ramot, a former IAF fighter pilot and the head of aviation research at Israel’s Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, commented: “One of my theories is that the airplane landed in Bangladesh. It could reach there, it’s very close to Afghanistan. It could have landed on airstrip there, and everybody on board is still alive. It could be done.” To which Schiff added, “It will be found. It may take a month or a year, but eventually, it will be found,” he said. “This aircraft didn’t vanish. It exists somewhere in the world, and it will be found, probably in one piece.”