From the beginning, as government officials and news analysts theorized about what might have happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, they appeared to do something rather remarkable—make logical inferences based on available evidence. The standard practice today has been for government flacks and “experts” to pre-empt any meaningful investigation of a disaster by prejudging its cause and feeding house-trained media stenographers, who regurgitate the officially predigested “truth” to the public. But, as is often the case, appearances are deceiving.
Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. local time. At 01:21, the Boeing 777-200’s transponder, which gives location and altitude, stopped transmitting. At 01:30 the plane disappeared from Malaysian radar. Its last known contact was a satellite ping at 8:11 a.m. After flying for 6 hours and 41 minutes on autopilot without any satellite or radar contact the assumed final position of the plane was put somewhere in an arc over South Asia or in an arc over the South Indian Ocean 5,000 miles away.