Day 21

Guys, where is that plane?

Guys, where is that plane?

I’m overly obsessed with Malaysia Flight 370, which has now officially been missing for 21 days since it took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia bound for Beijing, China. Ob-sessed. I’m talking watching the same segments on CNN, on repeat and trying to take in as much information as I possibly can. That being said, can someone please explain to me how the world’s largest twin-jet, carrying 239 passengers (three of which were American) and 12 crew members, just vanishes? Literally. Can someone also explain to me how those 239 people on-board a flight that CLEARLY experienced some kind of emergency — i.e. fire, terrorists, engine failures, really anything that your mind can come up with — made not even the slightest attempt to contact someone on the ground?

Nothing. Not a text, not a phantom phone call from a cell phone that was disconnected before a loved one answered, not a curious tweet that some techy on-board the flight managed to post minutes before something terrible occurred. No-thing. Every single person on that flight had to have had a cell phone. How about all of those individual TVs that receive signals from satellites? In this technological age, when hackers are finding ways to break into cameras on computers, phones and anything else you can think of, not ONE person could track those phones in the first 48 hours? WiFi is offered on-board. Nothing from that was transmitted to the ground, as far as time and location? WHAT? What happened to these people? What happened to this plane? The pilots? Not one of the crew members thought, ‘Let me send out some S.O.S. signal that maybe someone can interpret on the ground, somehow, someway’? I repeat: Nothing. This smells. This smells bad.

So what’s missing? Getting information out of the Malaysian Government is like pulling teeth. Why? Why are these officials not more concerned about their people; about human beings who are missing? Who throws their hands up and basically says, ‘Well, we did our best’. No. That’s not how this works when you have almost 250 souls depending on your aircraft to make it from Point A to Point B.

Experts, people who live, eat and breathe the aviation world, are completely speechless. Turn on CNN for a minute and listen to what the panels of people, who are the best in their field, have to say about the search, the plane, the governments involved. At certain times in the discussion they are scratching their heads saying, ‘It could be this. It could be that. This doesn’t fit. Something isn’t adding up.’

The search area just changed dramatically in the last 14 hours. New data has emerged regarding flight time compared to the amount of fuel used, which has brought the search closer to the coast of Australia. Closer, but unfortunately, not a smaller search area, which now measures the size of New Mexico. This has brought into question all of the past data from the last 19 days. Was any of it credible? What about those satellite images? Australia has completely abandoned the area where the 300 images were found via satellite. I don’t like it. Do we not want to know why pieces of debris, the size of parts that could have been from an airplane, are lying on the ocean floor? I understand the importance right now is finding this flight, but to not find any of those images important raises serious red flags for me.

And why Australia? Why has this flight plan all of a sudden moved closer to the coast? Did the pilots realize they were getting within a few hundred miles of land and shift the aircraft towards the Australian continent, hoping to make it before fuel ran out? Sounds awfully “Amelia Earhart” of them. Did they lose all technological capabilities?  There’s just way too many possibilities. I am in no way saying this search rests solely on Australia, because it does not. They’re following the best “leads” they have. But can I ask, who’s in charge here? WHO is making these ultimate decisions? Where does the Malaysian government fit into this search? WHY is everyone so completely confused?

These families want, no need, proof that their loved ones were “lost.” Imagine being trapped in the worst 24 hours of your life, over and over and over again. This is a form of Hell that no one should have to experience. I can’t begin to imagine what torment these people have gone through. Not to mention, without proof, no matter how obvious something may seem, there is always the minutest possibility that maybe, just maybe, they are surviving somewhere on an island much like television and movies have allowed us to conjure in our minds.

With every possible piece of technology and satellites available, with the smartest people in the world tracking all of this evidence, if this plane is not found then you will never convince me that it crashed. There’s TOO many questions unanswered. My conspiracy theory? (We can all have one, right?) I’ve always thought that that plane landed safely somewhere and the passengers and crew are being held captive. Why? Just another question. Is it possible? Why not? Did anyone think a Boeing 777 could vanish into thin air? Nope.

I’m sick for these families, I’m sick for that pilot’s family, who without a shred of proof, has had his name and his family’s name just completely annihilated by the media and the Malaysian Government. I was never convinced those pilots made this happen, and until authorities can PROVE that they did, I can, as an American, believe he is innocent until proven guilty.

I pray for the loved ones. I pray for every soul that was on that flight that day. I pray that we find answers, because until we do we continue to sit, mystified, making assumptions. We know they are missing, but we can not forget about them. Find this plane. Find these people. And come back to me with something more concrete than, “a new credible lead” because I’m not buying it. Not at all.

(A somber) XO,

B. Marie