A report on a conspiracy website is claiming that Malaysia Flight MH 370, which disappeared over the South China Sea a week ago, was hijacked by an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane, which “shut down” the plane’s transponder.
The article–which contains a large number of words in all-upper case–claimgs that “Boeing has confirmed the aircraft remained flying for five full hours after it ‘vanished’ from radar. Obviously the Malaysian military really did track this plane as they originally stated. Someone forced them to back down, only to have Boeing blow it wide open once and for all.”
The only problem with the assertion is that Boeing never “confirmed” that the aircraft flew for five hours after its last transportation signal. U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told The Wall Street journal this week that it flew for several hours–Boeing hasn’t said anything.
“The investigators believe the plane flew for a total of up to five hours, according to these people, based on analysis of signals sent by the Boeing 777’s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of certain onboard systems to the ground,” the Journal report states.
It reads: “Throughout the roughly four hours after the jet dropped from civilian radar screens, these people said, the link operated in a kind of standby mode and sought to establish contact with a satellite or satellites. These transmissions did not include data, they said, but the periodic contacts indicate to investigators that the plane was still intact and believed to be flying.”
The assertion that claims an AWACS took over the plane was posted to www.jimstonefreelance.com.
Other conspiracy theories include UFOs abducting the plane, that the passengers are still alive, there’s a connection to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the passengers were taken to North Korea, and there’s a new “Bermuda Triangle”–which was spread via a viral Facebook scam. Another says that the plane’s passengers landed on an island similar to the show “Lost.”
As of Friday, it’s still unclear what happened to the plane. The Associated Press, citing a senior official in Malaysia, reported that the country radar data detecting the plane in the Malacca Strait, which is hundreds of miles from the last location that was recorded.