March 12th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

Families await news of loved ones on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Authorities tell CNN that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was traveling hundreds of miles off course, and in the opposite direction from its original destination before it disappeared.

But still, no answers as to where the plane is now or how it went missing.

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: What we know and don't know

The wait for news has been agonizing for the families of the passengers and crew.

Among them, three U.S. citizens, including Philip Wood. His brother told CNN that the family is "just relying on faith."

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

CNN's David McKenzie is in Beijing where many of the waiting family members have gathered - with the latest.

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  1. Rick Gibson

    Any theory, however off-the-wall or implausible, must be considered as being in the realm of the possible, until and unless proven otherwise.

    In the case of the "hijacking" theory, the first important question that comes to mind might be: what was the intended destination of the hijacker(s) and/or pilot?

    1. To use the aircraft as a missile, as on 9/11? Possible targets? Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Taj Mahal in India; the terrorist's mother-in-law's house, etc...

    2. To hold the plane's passengers hostage, either for ransom or leverage (to "swap" for Guantanimo detainees, etc.) If this possibility is to be considered, then possible landing sites – remote/hidden and out of public view – must be explored. Possible landing sites? Some landing strip in a rogue state (N. Korea, Myanmar, etc); or on reasonably flat land with or without a landing strip (abandoned WWII airstrips in Asia; landing on flat desert land (NW Australian deserts, etc).

    If there was a hijacking, and the plane actually landed safely somewhere, then why haven't we heard demands from the hijackers? Maybe they might want to first transfer their hostages to a "safe" location, away from the plane itself, before making it known that they have the passengers, held hostage. If this were the case, we might ask, "how do you transfer 200+ people to a "safe" (hidden and secure) location? If I were considering this possibility, I think I might start by trying to find out whether one or more schoolbuses or trucks might recently have been purchased or stolen somewhere in the relative vicinity of one of these possible landing sites.

    Then, too, if there had been a hijacking and/or terrorist commandeering of the plane, there is always the possibility that it somehow went wrong, sometime into the flight after the plane had changed course, either by the passengers overpowering the hijackers, or through their own inadequate training in flying the jumbo jet, and either way resulting in the plane going down somewhere (anywhere) within the plane's fuel range.

    If such a hijacking or deliberate course taken by the pilot himself occurred, why did none of the passengers use their cellphones to call for help?

    1. It was nighttime, and if the pilot killed or otherwise incapacitated the co-pilot or navigator, the plane might have changed course without anyone else on the plane realizing it (all of the passengers were asleep?); or if hijacked, the hijackers may have collected all of the cellphones; or maybe the cellphones were just out of range, and had no signal bars on them.

    Or maybe aliens abducted the plane and its passengers and crew...

    So many possibilities...

    And – sorry, Bill, but I must strongly disagree – I have been watching Erin for years, first on CNBC with her co-host, Mark Haines (sp?), and since then on CNN. I have always been in awe of how fast and accurately her brain functions, and respect her for her willingness to ask the tough questions, without the tabloid-style "fluff" brand of reporting, as so many TV "news" anchors have descended into doing. She has style, spirit, and – IMO – a magnetic personality. She can be dead serious, yet can tease, laugh and have fun, possessing a style and wit that is all her own. ("camels", & "the precious"). She has done 1-on1 interviews with so many of the most powerful and important men and women in the world, in both the business and political arenas, and has always seemed to earn their respect (with the exception of the Al Qaeda or Taliban rebel leader that she attempted to interview over the phone, which worked a short while, until he realized that he was being interviewed by a woman)! She is an absolute joy to watch, and a great asset to CNN!!

    March 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  2. robert welch

    I think a Government like China or Iran, North Korea, or a group like Al Queda, with Governmental cooperation might be involved, it was diverted to a secret base, the Pilot and many of the passengers might have also been planted and involved in the takeover, or a Cyanide could have been used to kill the passengers, but the overall plot might b a nuclear cruise missile to fly into Israel, or the USA, What it they disguise that plane as a different plane to fly it into Washington, false data, false pings, allowing it to be legal over the USA or Israel, then to detonate it as a Nuclear bomb to take out Washington, lets say several months from now, in July or August. The Pilot might be involved, he had a flight simulator in his house, to practice flight without guidance, he could have used a small hand held navigation to guide the plane to an island or Government that would like to see Israel or The USA destroyed.

    March 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  3. Bill Little

    Erin Burnett:
    Erin is a very gifted and intelligent commentator. However with recent world breaking events like the Ukraine situation and the missing Malaysian aircraft she seems to have gone far beyond her role in interviewing world experts.
    The CNN coverage of these events is unparalleled. Erin hardly stops to take a breath and let these world experts" say and share their knowledge. She continues to dominate the whole dialogue. Why bother to have these special guests/ experts on the network, if she won`t be courteous enough to let them enlighten all of us on their opinions and expertise.
    If CNN were to recap the video of the programming they will find that Erin is consuming most of the time. I am not going to continue to watch this program unless she backs off.
    She needs to take a step back and let her role be to host the program and not to dominate it.

    March 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  4. John

    Possible reason for low resolution of Chinese satellite image: desire by Chinese authorities to scan as large an area as possible as quickly as possible before any debris from the plane sank. In this case one might reduce image resolution in order to capture a lot of data rapidly. Do your experts think this is plausible?

    March 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  5. Julio Pion

    With all the information now developing I think that the plane lost power thats why the transponder beacon was off and it will explain why the debris where found that far from last known location if this are debris from the Malaysian airliner.

    March 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply

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