March 11th, 2014
01:14 PM ET

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? The likely scenarios...

After three days, there is still no indication of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

'We have to find the aircraft': Days later, no sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Here's what we do know:

  • The Boeing 777-200 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. Saturday, local time.
  • It was expected to arrive at 6:30 a.m. in Beijing.
  • Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane at 2:40 a.m.
  • Last known location: somewhere over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.

So what happened next?

CNN's Tom Foreman is OutFront with one possibility.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. oyetola

    I dont believe this event is a terrorist attack. We are going to find and soon, something just went wrong somewhere.May God help us ....

    March 13, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
  2. Rick Gibson

    A terrorism scenario that might be considered, with so many similarities to the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in NYC:
    Could terrorists (possibly trained, as on 9/11, to fly the plane) have intended to make a 9/11-style attack on another set of (world's highest) twin towers, the Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur (where the flight originated from). Like 9/11, there could conceivably been multiple terrorists on board; like 9/11, the transponder was switched off and the planes changed course, with no distress call sent; as with 9/11, the flight was a long one, meaning full fuel tanks on the plane, turning it into a very effective missle; and as with 9/11, there was a world-famous target within range: the twin Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur.

    If such a hijacking had occurred, the simplest way of navigating the plane back to Kuala Lumpur might have been to change course (west), to first fly over the Thai-Malay peninsula, and then turn S-SE to visually follow the coastine back down to the target city and its towers. If this possibility is considered, then it might also be worth pondering that – as happened in the skies over Pennsylvania on 9/11 – once the passengers realized what was going to happen, they might have chosen to fight back against the hijackers, as was done with the flight over PA on 9/11. The plane might then have crashed into the Straight of Malacca; might have crashed somewhere on land in this vicinity; or may have just continued south, past Kuala Lumpur, over Indonesia, and even on into the S Indian Ocean.

    It's just a thought...

    March 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  3. Frances Hefner

    Where are there abandoned WWII air strips in jungle areas that might be the goal of a forced landing after hi-jacking? Ridiculous?! Fanatics could plot anything and southeast Asia has its share...!?

    March 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  4. Pete

    Watching show now. Why isn't anyone asking how long the voice recorders and data recorded go for before overwrite? They used to be 30 minutes and if this thing flew an hour after some incident then they might not have much. Please ask.

    March 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  5. Joel

    we need to ask if any passengers obtained flight training – if so yes we have reason to suspect terrorism.

    March 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  6. Kay

    If pilots had no way to communicate because of power failure during the hour long turn around flight over Malaysia couldn't they have communicated with the ground with the use of a cell phone from a passenger etc. –

    March 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply

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