Up till now, the whole world is still wondering what could have happened to the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, at 12:41 a.m. on Saturday, with 239 people on board.
It was expected to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. the same day, after a roughly 4,350 kilometre journey. But around 1:30 a.m., air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lost contact with the plane over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.
Since then, all mouth has been agape with the unanswered question, what in the world must have happened to this jumbo jet? Thirty-four planes, 40 ships and search crews from 10 countries have been scouring the South China Sea near where the plane was last detected. The search has proved futile. It was thought that the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 must have crashed in the waters or maybe have exploded in the air, leaving debris as evidence of its end. But debris in the area has turned out to be unrelated to the plane. “We have not found anything that appear to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Director General of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department, said on Monday.
Similarly, a slick in the area was determined to be from fuel oil typically used in cargo ships, not from the plane. So, the civil aviation chief concluded that the plane’s disappearance is an “unprecedented mystery”.However, because the event is certainly mysterious, it has spawned all sorts of theories and mysterious connections. The pilots of the lost plane did not indicate any problem to the tower, and no distress signal was issued. Malaysian military officials cite radar data as suggesting the plane might have turned back toward Kualar Lumpur; but the pilots did not tell air traffic control that they were doing so, and no one knows why the plane would have turned around. There were also terrorism act speculations as being the cause of the sudden disappearance.
Facts came out that among the 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board, there were two people who used stolen Italian and Austrian passports. Interpol identified the men using the stolen passports as both Iranians; but by last Tuesday it was finally established that the two were not in any way related to any terrorist group or had the capacity to carry out terrorist acts. They were men on their way to Europe in search of greener pastures.The baffling part of the whole affair is that nobody knows what transpired in the plane’s cockpit around the time the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers, thereby spurring even wilder speculations. In any case, the Boeing 777 was in what is considered the safest part of a flight, the cruise portion, when it disappeared. What is more, the weather conditions were reported to be good.
This is why the internet space has been abuzz with all sorts of conjectures ranging from the reasonable to the bizarre. Of course people need an explanation: planes don’t just disappear. In the plane were five passengers younger than 5 years old. There were 14 nationalities spanning the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and North America. Passengers from China or Taiwan numbered 154, followed by Malaysians, at 38. There were three US citizens.What if the plane was snatched by aliens in their unidentified flying objects, popularly known as UFO? Mysterious disappearances in certain areas are not new on Earth.
There are records of aircraft disappearing in the infamous Bermuda Triangle. In December 5, 1945, Flight 19 (TBF Avengers) got lost with 14 airmen, and later the same day PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 lost with 13 airmen while searching for flight 19.
On January 30, 1948, Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger lost with six crew and 25 passengers, en route from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores to Kindley Field, Bermuda. On December 28, 1948, Douglas DC-3 NC16002 lost with three crew and 36 passengers, en route from San Juan, Peurt Rico, to Miami. On January 17, 1949, Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel lost with seven crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda, to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.
There were also reported cases of lost vessels at sea in the same area. The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is an undefined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and ships are known to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. According to the US Navy, the triangle does not exist, and the name is not recognised by the US Board on Geographic Names.
However, popular culture has attributed various disappearances to the paranormal or activity by extraterrestrial beings. But the South China Sea is not Bermuda, so how come this Malaysian Airlines jet disappearance? Nevertheless, I am of the view that if we wish to explore the UFO/aliens hypothesis, there still exists a link between the disappearance of the plane and paranormal activities in the region. This is hinged on two crucial facts. One, paranormal activities are supernatural; science cannot explain them.
In the sudden disappearance of such a giant airliner without any trace whatsoever, we cannot afford to foreclose the handiwork of inter-dimensional/extraterrestrial creatures who are known to visit the earth occasionally, but which is always kept in the shadows by the governments and the mainstream media. We all know that the world is in constant denial of seeming supernatural manifestations because of obvious reasons. A writer once stated, “The world is in denial. Every passing day there are reports of paranormal occurrences all over the world.
Crop circles in England; unidentified flying objects (UFO) sightings and alien abductions in America; dead-come-back-to-life in Africa; psychic healing in India, and so on. But these occurrences are down-played by the press and explained away by scientific researchers.” Secondly, there had been media reports about UFO sightings in China, specifically in Chinese airports, over the past couple of years. The lost Malaysian airliner was headed for China, and with two-thirds of the passengers being Chinese nationals.
According to media reports, at about 8:40pm local time, in the evening of July 7, 2010, in Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan Airport, China’s ninth-busiest, a UFO was reported by a flight crew that was preparing to land. As a precaution, flight controllers delayed or redirected eighteen flights. Another similar incident happened the next year, 2011, in Chongqing, China. The Shanghai Daily reported that a UFO was spotted one Wednesday afternoon in August floating high about Jiangbei International Airport in the city of Chongqing, an important aviation hub for southwestern China.
Worried officials diverted several flights to other airports before it disappeared about 50 minutes later and air traffic was allowed to return to normal. So, with my knowledge of how UFO/aliens have reportedly being operating throughout history – always certainly showing up in leading civilisations, empires and powerful governments – I have the following unanswered questions. Are aliens interested in China? Is the lost Malaysian plane brouhaha yet another incursion into mankind’s abode by these inter-dimensional/extraterrestrial beings? If it happens that stronger evidences emerge as to the verity of this troubling reality, is the world prepared to face squarely, this intimidating clear and present danger?
By Greg Odogwu