Posted on | March 16, 2014 | 18 Comments
Honestly, I expected this missing jet thing to be resolved quickly, but now it’s taken a decidedly weird turn:
Malaysian authorities said Sunday that the number of countries involved in the search for the missing jetliner has increased from 14 to 25, as the investigation shifted its focus toward the actions of the flight crew. . . .
The widening of the search for the jet follows authorities’ revelation on Saturday that someone on board the vanished jet made a series of highly technical actions to deliberately hide the plane from modern detection systems.
The homes of both the pilot and the co-pilot were searched on Saturday, and a flight simulator belonging to pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 59, is being examined, Hishammuddin said. Authorities are also investigating the engineers who worked on the plane.
The South China Morning Post reported Sunday that Zaharie has close ties with Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was recently sentenced to prison on a charge of sodomy, which the opposition has appealed. Speaking to USA TODAY, a close friend of Zaharie’s, Peter Chong, said Zaharie does support the opposition but that the reports that he may have had a role in diverting the plane were “not true.”
“He is a political activist, yes. And yes, he was in court for Anwar’s trial and he is our strong supporter, but that does not make him a terrorist,” said Chong.
There were two Iranians on board with stolen passports, but let’s ignore that, because the pilot had ties to a jailed opposition leader?
This kind of stuff practically guarantees that, whenever the truth about Flight 370 is finally discovered, many people will reject it, preferring to believe in conspiracy theories. Fire can’t melt steel!