Until there is a pan and Rod Serling starts his monologue all we have is speculation.
So many "events" have been put out there that have later been disavowed I hesitate to guess. The plane made a left turn, then no it didn't .... wait no it seems it may have ......there's a Chinese satellite photo of what may be wreckage .... wait, it isn't after all.... the electronics were turned off... huh? It flew 4-5 hours after the communications stopped.
I'd defy Sherlock Holmes to correctly deduce what happened.
Crew or crew member. Transponder off and communications going off says person(s) knew what was what. Also satellite pings says plane flew another four hours. Yes, modern auto pilot could keep it going as even the smaller, earlier jet Payne Stewart was in, kept it going. Pilot or co-pilot could obviously fly it alone or they did it together. Pilot drugged co-pilot or vice versa. Either could have attacked the other or again, they did it together. Will be interesting to find out, if ever, what went on.
Knowing what we know today, I have to agree with sarge: pilot involvement. Two acts, i.e. departing from the programmed course and turning off the transponder, require deliberate actions by a knowledgable operator. Both of those actions were accomplished by the 911 hijackers, but terrorism requires that the world be informed as to it's motive; the longer we wait, the less likely that seems.
There may be other scenarios that fit all the known facts, but I'll be damned if I can think of them.
Have to agree that it's all one big question mark, albeit a suspicious one. Cap'n is right...terrorism makes no sense if they don't take credit for it.
I thought for a minute that perhaps the plane was accidentally shot down and those responsible just didn't want to admit it, but that doesn't seem to fit anymore...if they info being released is accurate to any degree.
"Close Encounters of a Third Kind" story thier Kevin? a very wierd story being woven here though.If hyjacked(landed) would think the passengers would be knock off for security reasons thinking elements of Al Queda.
Transponder failure wouldn't account for communications silence. Probably was piracy. I bet they collected 200+ cell phones too! How many pirates? Don't know, but I'm sure it was a bunch and well planed out.
Very odd. There was speculation that a Satphone was embedded in some or many jetliners after 9/11 that would be remotely controlled and not accessible by crew.
The plane, the plane, is a BIG piece of equipment to hide from intel satellites, outputs of which I am sure are being analyzed by all the major powers as we chat.
I suspect Singapore, they have the technology and the sneakiness.
An outbreak of Zombie disease being isolated at the Russian base in Viet Nam?
Who notes there is a lot of filthy water in that quadrant to hide under. Then of course the event happened in the Southeast Asian TRIANGLE!! <Twilight Zone Theme>