The case of missing flight MH570 is so intriguing. There are so many theories and until the plane is found either intact or in pieces, no one will know for sure. The speculation of what might have happened from a hijacking to terrorism to suicidal pilots to mechanical failure means that any of these is possible.
I have a few questions/theories/points:
1. If it was terrorism, why has no group claimed responsibility? Usually this would have happened by now so I think we can rule out terrorism.
2. If it was a mechanical error, then why is there no debris (within the region the flight should have continued on)?
3. Also, if it was a mechanical error, why are the authorities now saying the transponder was turned off (impossible to do accidentally) and the plane kept flying for up to 6 hours? I think we can rule out mechanical issues or a mid flight explosion.
4. If it was a hijacking, why did the hijacker not get in touch with the relevant ATC and issue his/her/their demands? There’s no point in hijacking a plane with 200+ people on board if you don’t want something. If the plane was hijacked and has landed somewhere off the grid, why wait so long for the demands to be issued? Feeding 200+ people who are angry would be a tough task. I think we can rule out a hijacking.
5. If it was a suicidal passenger who overtook the plane, why didn’t he/she throw themselves off of a bridge instead? Unless it was a spur of the moment decision but then gaining access to the cockpit on flights in this day and age is near impossible. I think we can rule out all of the passengers.
Using the scientific principal of Occam’s Razor where that, all things being equal, the simplest answer is usually the right one. Then this leads me to my final theory.
6. I think it was a suicidal pilot. There is already somebody in the cockpit so no access is needed. He could have stood up and gone behind the other pilot and incapacitated him somehow. For the next few hours the pilot has changed course and flown in a random direction until the plane ran out of fuel and crashed, probably somewhere in the middle of the South Indian Ocean. Yes, he could have jumped off of a bridge but maybe he had life insurance for his family which is null and void by suicide. Why did he fly for so long after turning off the transponder? Who knows but maybe he was wanting to live that little bit longer or was still plucking up the courage to do what he was about to do.
If it was a suicidal pilot, he has done it not for notoriety but probably to support his family. If it was for notoriety surely a suicide note, or Youtube video or something would have been uncovered for now.
Again, this is all speculation and my thoughts. I am probably way wrong and maybe we’ll never find out. It’s sad that there is a possible mass loss of life, but it is a very intriguing case and I hope that we find out the real cause of this missing plane, not just to satisfy our curiosity but for the families of the passengers and crew who must be enduring an agonising wait for answers.
What do you think happened?
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
Iconic American actor, Jason Alexander, best known as George from Seinfeld, said this about his love of Australia, during an interview, he did on Channel 7’s Sunday Night program.
"Here's the easiest way for me to feel, tell you why I love the country. "MATE!" It is spectacular! The notion that the guy that serves you your coffee is your mate. The guy that runs your banking account is your mate. The guy on the sporting team is your mate and the prime minister of the country is your mate. That you're all mates, that you're all in it together. That there's a sense of, we're Australians. We may have differences between us. We're Australians. That sense only happens in America, for me, when we have a disaster. But you guys propagate it every day just by going "hey mate", "good morning", "good day mate". It is, I love it. I love it. And it is so welcoming and so embracing and so human and to me that is the character of the country and I think that is why I respond to it".
Mate, you got it spot on. I’ve never heard anyone articulate it so well, exactly what it means to be Australian and it took an American to remind me.
I think sometimes we forget that as Australians. Let’s never lose our ability to be mates with everyone. To be neighbourly. To lend a helping hand whenever it’s needed. To show the world exactly what being mates can be. How free we feel and friendly it is to be Australian. Whether you were born here or brought here, everyone is mates.
I’ve always called people mate, and not just because I didn’t remember their names. Let’s keep the word ‘mate’ front and centre and keep our country friendly and welcoming to all.
Thank you, Jason, for the reminder. We’ll see you on our friendly shores in July. You can catch Jason’s show, Jason Alexander And His Hair, around Australia. Click here for more details for his Brisbane show.
“I sure do”.
That’s the answer I give to people when they ask me if I like Glee. Actually that’s a bit of a little bitty lie. I actually love Glee.
And Les Miserables.
And Rock of Ages.
And a heap more musicals.
And now I love SMASH.
My friends often joke about me being gay to enjoy such shows.
Well I am 100% straight. I like girls as much as the straight guy next to me. Hmmmmm, girls. How you doin?
I also happen to love me a good musical. And that musical can be on the big screen, the small screen or even live on stage.
I don’t care what people think.
I am a loud and proud musical kind of guy!
I’ve even got my own idea for a musical movie or stage show! I just need a lyricist to help me write it. Know of anyone?
My latest love is SMASH and even though CBS has axed the show after only two seasons, I have really enjoyed the musical within a TV show format. This weekend my girls and I have been singing ‘Broadway, Here I Come” by Jeremy Jordan from Season 2.
This is the clip from the show which picks up the song half way through when the star of the show, Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) stumbles upon a bartender, Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) singing one of his own songs for a musical he is writing. It’s called Broadway, Here I Come, about, you guessed it, someone with a dream of making it big on Broadway. It’s a great song and can be used as a metaphor in just about anything to do in life that needs a focus to succeed. Take a listen below to the clip from the show and then at the end of this post, is the full vocal version which is bloody awesome.
So tease me all you want. It’s ok. Straight men can love musicals too! Try telling me I can’t! Go on, I dare ya! Or how about you let go of the stereotype that only gay guys can enjoy this stuff and get your feet a tapping and your voice a singing, because folks, there’s joy in these songs and shows, and we can never have too much joy in the world. It does make the world a better place.
What is your favourite musical? Have you watched SMASH? Did you enjoy it or happy to see it go?
If you’ve been living under a rock, you probably don’t know that there is a massive debate happening in the United States right now surrounding gun control following yet another mass shooting, this time at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last December.
The Daily Show, a US TV show hosted by Jon Stewart, has recently shown a three part series on how Australia has dealt with gun control since then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard introduced a ban on automatic and semi automatic weapons after the Port Arthur tragedy in Tasmania in 1996.
By cleverly using satire to get his point cross, John Oliver makes a pretty convincing argument in favour of gun control.
Take a look at the three video’s (click on the links) and tell me if you agree or disagree with gun control reform in the United States. If you disagree, you better have a pretty good argument and waving the US 2nd Amendment in my face is not it.