Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared early Saturday morning while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
239 were on board the Boeing 777, and as its inexplicable disappearance enters the third day, conspiracists are running rampant about what could have caused the airliner to seemingly vanish into thin air.
Here are the 5 most compelling conspiracy theories surrounding MH370.
1. North Korea Hijacked the Airplane
Could Kim Jong-un be behind the disappearance of MH370?
Per Redditor nickryane:
If North Korea did want to hijack an airliner it would be best-off choosing flights farther away to avoid arousing suspicion. It was a long-haul flight. The perfect place to perform the hijack would be over the sea soon after takeoff (where it was last seen). This would ensure a clean getaway with minimal radar coverage and no country chasing after you.
The North Korean government is bat shit crazy. There’s no telling what crazy logic they might have for taking a plane. They literally have no grasp of reality and have been caught red handed kidnapping foreigners, making shit up and generally being douches.
North Korea has supposedly friendly relations with Malaysia including relaxed visa regulations. This might make it easier for North Koreans to freely plan and execute an operation from Malaysia. The operation might include buying stolen passports so they wouldn’t show up as North Korean on the passenger manifest. If that was the case then the mission would be to hijack an airliner and bring it back to North Korea without anyone suspecting North Korea.
What would you do with an airliner? Previously they’ve used kidnapped civilians as bargaining tools. You could even feasibly imagine them putting a nuclear weapon on the plane and sending it on a suicide mission to another country.
Is this feasible? Absolutely. MH370 was shown going north-east (the direction of North Korea) just before disappearing, and North Korea has hijacked planes in the past. Remember Korean Air Lines YS-11? The rebel country has a recorded history of terrorism and subterfuge.
2. Strange Activity on Flight Tracker for MH370
A flight tracker video over Malaysia shows bizarre radar occurrences happening immediately before MH370’s disappearance.
To the right of MH370’s avatar, we see another aircraft avatar seemingly do impossible speeds amongst a slew of commercial crafts.
Could it be a military jet set to intercept MH370, or at the very least interrupt the plane’s communications?
Whatever the case, it happened immediately before MH370 disappears from the radar screen.
3. Islamic Separatist Terrorism in China
China says militants from Xinjiang, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, launched a terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Kunming, killing at least 29 people and injuring about 140.
Last week, the terrorist attack involved knives. But could extremist Uyghurs have gotten help in pulling off a more technologically advanced attack? With the confirmation that individuals with stolen passports were on MH370, it seems possible.
The Uyghurs claim they are subjected to oppression in China, says the Mirror:
[Uyghurs] say they face strict rules on religion – including having to use a state-approved Koran.
They also say they face limits on career opportunities and Uighur men who want government jobs must shave their heads, with women not allowed to wear head scarves.
The ethnic minorities also say they face being marginalised in their homeland after an influx of China’s Han ethnic majority.
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