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March 14th, 2014
03:51 PM ET

What do you think happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

Terrorism. Pilot committed suicide. Mechanical failure. There are many theories as to what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

A new theory taking shape is that maybe it landed on an island.

What do you think? We'll post your comments below.

Facebook: Jonathan Roberts Pilot murder/suicide. Happened on an egypt air flight awhile back.

Facebook: Richard Goldy It was highjacked by the passengers who made it on board with the stolen passports, maybe.

Facebook: Denise Joly If it's Highjack , we would of heard something by now, usually if a Highjack occur there would be a request of some sort like we will give you those peoples in return of......but we don't here anything , therefore, I don't believe it's the case. If an explosion occur, you would think someone would of seen something in the sky and there would be debris floating by now, no, I don't think so. So this is the big mystery of the century so far !!!!!

Facebook: Charles Rose terrorism

Facebook: Ana Margarita Hijacked or stolen!!!

Facebook: Hossam R Mohareb On ground somewhere ....act of piracy

FacebooK: Jorge Bernal Terrorists brought the plane down 2 Iranians with stolen passports the planes systems deliberately disconected that sounds like a terrorist attack why is the question

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Mario

    can it be possible that the boxes are there but the plane isn't I just cant see that in 33 days no one has found any kind of debris of this plane

    April 10, 2014 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • BrianJaybush

      It's the only thing that makes sense; I've thought so from Day 1. No one goes to the lengths shown here to divert an aircraft, to then just ditch it. Has to be a rational reason. Suicide? No, would have happened as soon as transponder went dark – and for that matter, why turn off the transponder if you're suicidal? Terrorism? Well, a whole lot of the flying public is already terrorized by the idea that this could happen. But long-term ... the uses for a commercial 777 are countless. Could it be Iran has now found a delivery system for its nuclear program? Or even without nukes, delivering a 777-full of anything that goes BOOM would make a pretty big hole in something. Look what was achieved with 737's in 2001, and they only had flight fuel! Plus, remember, very few countries would have their air forces shoot down a passenger jet, so it could be used to deliver a payload (of whatever kind) to just about anywhere. Terrorism, the next generation is just now flexing its wings.

      April 16, 2014 at 11:43 am | Reply
  2. Tammy Petry

    Klingons.

    March 20, 2014 at 12:40 am | Reply
  3. BrianJaybush

    One thing I haven't heard anyone say yet it that, by the simple act of making such a large plane disappear in such a public way, a hijacker has ALREADY committed an act of terrorism – even if they had no actual terrorist intent. Commercial aviation will not be the same, anywhere in the world, for years to come.

    March 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Rick Gibson

      Yet another theory: An Iran connection? Could the plane, with or without its passengers, now be hidden somewhere in Iran?

      Could there have been a deadly conspiracy involved w/r to the disappearance of Malaysia Air flight 370, that started with one or both of the crew committed – (both being Muslims, and possibly one with ties to Islamic fundamentalists) that they went to great pains to keep secret, (like the "sleeper cells" that were claimed to have existed for a decade or more in the USA) – possibly assisted by the two Iranian passengers onboard with stolen passports – whose job it could have been to keep the other passengers subdued and "in-order"; and made worse by the cooperation of two Islamic country governments with strong centralized rule – the Maldives and Iran- being deeply involved, with the ultimate goal of getting the plane (to use in the future as a deadly missle attack on some installation or city (like Tel Aviv, which the former Iranian president said, in essence, that he wanted to see removed from the face of the earth. Could the plane conceivably have flown west over the Indian ocean to the Maldives, (invisible to radars in the route that they took, keeping out over the Indian Ocean, where they knew they'd be invisible to radar), where it was refueled, and then taken to the air again, with its final destination being somewhere in Northern Iran (which could, indeed, fall somewhere along the "arc" created by the handshake of the satellite with the plane's antenna and satcon system).

      I just can't see a pilot, co-pilot, or hijacker embarking on such an elaborately planned and executed commandeering like this, if all intended on, in the end, was to fly it until it ran out of jetfuel, to crash or "land" (as softly as they could set it down) in the South Indian ocean. This was apparently a meticulously-concocted and executed plan, and they must have had a destination of some kind in mind, for some deliberate purpose that we are, at this stage of the game, totally unaware of. Even if they couldn't produce an actual nuclear bomb to load onto this plane, they could easily paint it over to make it look like some other airline's 777, and could likely approach a western city without being shot down, with at least a "dirty bomb" onboard.

      Leading up to 9/11/2001, America lacked the imagination to consider that terrorist-hijckers, using fully-fueled commercial passenger jets, could use them as guided missils, capable of taking down something so large as the twin-world trade center towers. IMO, the investigators need to now seek out that imagination, and leave no possibility unexplored...

      When you think about this possibility, however outrageous and remote it might be, and couple it with Iran's uranium-enrichment program, it makes very unsettling notions come to mind. I, for one, would be very nervous, if I were living in Tel Aviv....

      March 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  4. catherineName*

    I just cannot understand what kind of new reporting goes on with CNN. How can you say its not going to be used as a future attack. It is obviously not the plane they wanted....its the engineers who are developing. Cloaking technology from the Texas company developing advanced warfare. It has been reported by the terrorist in prison in Britain. It is dangerous enough to put Israel on high alert.....but you and those experts never come to discuss this possibility......so it obviously the exact thing that is worrying our country. CNN and every other news program is either hiring idiots or are government controlled.

    March 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  5. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Suffice to say, I don't think this is a "discrete variable" situation.

    March 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  6. Vija Mair

    I have seen this news that Maldive islander see the low flying Jumbo jet. Wjat is your findings regarding this news.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Missing-Malaysian-jetliner-Maldives-islanders-saw-low-flying-plane/articleshow/32251148.cms

    Thanks
    Vijay Mair

    March 18, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  7. Skylardog

    CNN needs to tone down the irresponsible reporting of sinister explanations regarding the disappearance. The simplest solution is usually the right solution, and here, it is becoming obvious that the plane had a major problem, turned to the west to the nearest airport, and then the pilots were overcome by the event and were unable to land. It travelled west until it ran out of fuel. The plane will be found west of the Maldives. Is anyone looking there yet? This is much like the Payne Stewart flight.

    March 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  8. Rafiq Arogunjo

    As an air traffic controller, I think asides from the well tested onboard components that could have revealed the errors and last position of the B777, a normal pilot would have reported any abnormalities beyond his control to ATC or deploy facilities for search and rescue purposes. This aircraft has been desensitized and taken by UFOs for enquiries in the same way we would have done seeing one with the best opportunities.

    March 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  9. fiftysongs

    What sucks is that we will probably never know.

    p.s. if it was an attempted terrorist attack, where would they have attacked? (#curious / #clueless)

    March 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  10. zardoz337

    The Pilot (or co-pilot) could have switched off the comms and then climbed to 45k feet (almost 2k over max service ceiling for this aircraft) to rapidly deprive passenger cabin of oxygen and thus incapacitate the passengers. Then dive to 24k and climb back to 29.5k . Commercial airlines cruse between 30k and 40k. After the course corrections the individual in charge of the aircraft could have flown out over the Indian Ocean to a desolate and deep spot, exhausting the aircraft of all fuel so as not to leave any "slick" and performed a "water landing" so the flight data and voice recorders would not be found. The reason? To cover a crime? To collect insurances? or perhaps this is all just a flight of fancy....from someone with an overactive imagination...

    March 18, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  11. Jim Smith

    My Hypothesis Regarding Missing Flight 370

    Notably absent from all news analysis I've seen is the possibility of malicious
    re-programming of the autopilot computer on Flight 370

    From my limited understanding on on-board computers in particular but fortified my over
    40 years using and programming computers, I believe it is possible to infect an autopilot
    computer with a program written by someone outside the official airline establishment or
    its regular suppliers. Such a program could:
    1. lay dormant until some particular time has been reached or some geographic coordinate
    being reached.
    2. become active and proceed to disable manual controls, depressurize the cabin to kill
    passengers, disable flight reporting and recording devices, and set the plane on a course
    to run out of fuel at a deep part of the ocean (making search and recovery difficult).
    The pilot and co-pilot are irrelevant in this scenario; they are prisoners in their
    cabin.

    What would be the motive for a few people doing this? It would be proof-of-concept test
    for a greater plan to disrupt air travel and destroy trust in governments to protect
    their citizens. The test worked! The perpetrators don't need a suicide crew or a bomb;
    they just need to be able to get their program into the computer; they could be on the
    other side of the world. There could be many variations of this program, e.g., crash the
    plane into a particular location, order extreme maneuvers that would break off a wing, or
    fly in circles until a ransom has been paid.

    Why hasn't government brain power thought of this? Maybe they have, but don't want to
    alarm people until they have devised a counter-measure.

    March 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  12. Linda

    Has anyone considered possibility of cyber- hijacking? A German pilot named Hugo Teso from Germany developed an Android phone app that can infiltrate a plane's computer system and change flight path, ACARS system, etc. He presented his info at a hacking conference in April of 2013, claims he wanted to make people aware of vulnerabilities.Can find info about him online. India web news site brought up this possibility only this morning.

    March 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  13. Matt Flannery

    There could be a clue just in the numbers... 370... the month, the day and what will ever be found 3/7 and 0...
    In most of the western world it was still March 7th when it went missing, and ever finding anything seems to be more and more unknown... just a thought.

    March 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  14. sunyichun

    1, Will it be possible to land on the sea?
    2, If landed on the sea, how long it could float?
    3, Break after sunk?

    March 17, 2014 at 1:36 am | Reply
    • Jakeo

      I tweeted a comment to this poll on CNN, thinking of what happened on the Hudson. What ever happened, it is possible someone regained control of the aircraft and perhaps landed on the water. Perhaps It could float long enough to beam a signal for that satellite before sinking? And when it sinks, little debris as it goes down at once.

      March 18, 2014 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  15. sunyichun

    1, MH370 ditched on the sea just around 1:30am
    2, it's float and ask rescue until 8:11
    3, Airline failed to rescue until sunk
    4, excuses from airline.

    March 17, 2014 at 1:35 am | Reply
  16. Paul Hynek

    Having two sources of location data should allow investigators to narrow down the field to a much smaller area. The time and location of the last contact near the Malacca Strait and Andaman Sea at 2:40am gives a good starting point. The two arcs being part of the circle with the satellite "handshake" occuring at 8:11am. Assuming a straight line flight, 4.5 hours passed. Assuming a typical cruising speed of 560mph at 35,000ft, one can assume they travelled ~2,520 miles from that 2:40am point. This interestcs very closely to the Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan areas on the "handskae" arc. Examining Google Earth, there are plenty of landing strips in excess of 9,000 feet adequeate to land this plane. Just need some local cooperation to examine hangars, etc. at these sites.

    March 16, 2014 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Paul Hynek

      A bit of a math mistake in my numbers. Should have been 5.5 hours at a radius of about 3080 miles from their last point at 2:40am. Puts them just east of the Caspian Sea in the "Stan" states.

      March 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  17. Fred Griswold

    Well, if they can't find any trace of it in the water, then maybe it didn't go down there. I doubt if they'll ever find that plane. It took them a week to even figure out what ocean to look in.

    March 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  18. APURBA KRISHNA ROY

    I THINK THAT THE PILOTS LOST THEIR CONTROLS AND THEN THE PLANE MOVE OTHER WARDS AND THE PLANE CRASH IN THE LAND / SEA

    March 15, 2014 at 12:04 am | Reply
  19. George Haddock

    Batteries caught fire. Plane takes evasive maneuvers to dislodge or eject batteries from plane. Batteries fell to the sea exploding causing china to register on there sensors.

    March 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  20. lemf15

    Flight 370 – a good alternative to terrorism and certainly coherent with the fact that the flight was airborne during 4 hours after "disappearing", is air piracy. After all, that region is well know for maritime piracy. Maybe just an evolution for which authorities were not ready. That would not be the first time that authority do not see coming an new "modus operandi".

    March 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  21. Alnaz

    Why does none of your reports talk of conversation of another plan seeking to make contact and 370s response?

    March 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply

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