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Published: Monday, March 10 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Fuaamotu, Tonga

"Experts say possible causes of the apparent crash include an explosion, catastrophic engine failure, terrorist attack, extreme turbulence, pilot error or even suicide." All of which would leave some kind of debris at or near a crash site whether on water or land. Maybe (hopefully) it was a hijacking and the world is waiting for demands to be posted and negotiated. It's hard to imagine that all these "'experts" can find no trace of this big of an object. Unless, of course, it is after the form of a "Cast Away" (searching in entirely the wrong areas) or something like that.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

This can't possibly be terrorism, Obama said that the War on Terror was over. The major terrorists organizations are defeated and not active any more...except in Lybia, Afganistan, Iraq, Boston, and a few dozen other places. It must be a UFO incident. It's just a coincidence that the guys with the two stolen passports booked one way tickets through a third party. I think they could have been upset by a video on the Internet.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


If the plane had been hijacked, it would have landed somewhere by now. You can't keep a 777 in the air for 5 straight days.

Fuaamotu, Tonga

Brave Sir Robin, DUH! Just because the plane would have landed does not mean possible hijackers are ready to start making demands. Let everybody sweat for a little while and then come forward. While it may not be likely to keep a 777 in the air for that long, it is entirely possible to keep it hidden on the ground almost anywhere for any length of time. Some people!

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I am not betting on major engine failure or other mechanical issues. I am betting on a major sinister effort on the part of low-life misfits.

Lake Tahoe, NV

The only way to explain the lack of debris is alien abduction and they do not even list it as a possibility.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


You're completely missing the point. Where would you land a 777 so nobody notices? They take miles of runout on landing - you don't just set them down in a clear spot in the jungle. This isn't like hiding a stolen bicycle in your garage.

Not to mention that your hijacking theory doesn't explain why the aircraft suddenly disappeared from radar. A hijacker could turn off the transponder (some of the 9/11 hijackers did), but it would still show up on radar as an unidentified aircraft.

This plane wasn't hijacked and flown to some secret landing site - it suffered a violent disintegration in mid-air. The only questions at this point are whether it was accidental or intentional, if intentional whether it was a bomb (on board) or a missile, and who was flying when it happened.

Yeah, some people!

CHS 85
Sandy, UT


"The only way to explain the lack of debris is alien abduction and they do not even list it as a possibility."

....or it could be the fact that the search area is the size of South Carolina.

Fuaamotu, Tonga

Brave Sir Robin, according to Boeing's own website, a 777 can take off in as little as 1300 feet (about a quarter mile) and land in a range from 1500 - 2500 feet (.28 - .47 mile) depending on pressure altitude, OAT and flap settings - not exactly "miles" of anything.

And who said all small airstrips must be limited to "jungle?" How tough would it be for a handful of well-organized and financed miscreants to carve 3000 feet of open space to put 777 down?

Also, aircraft transponders relay all sorts of information. Without it, an airplane appears as a target on a radar screen. No information is provided as to its altitude, direction or separation from other objects. With the transponder off, it would not be improbable to descend below radar detection altitudes and fly at tree-top (or more) level until a landing could be made.

In all likelihood, it crashed and authorities have not discovered the location but how much better would it be to have to negotiate with hijackers than with the devil himself?

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