(…a small fragment may help resolve the mystery of a missing airliner)

Eighteen months ago Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously veered 180 degrees from its planned flight path to Beijing, China, its avionics and communications going blank, to follow an erratic path which, ultimately, dropped it somewhere into the vastness of the Indian Ocean.

To this day there is no explanation for such a bizarre event…there were no indications of any problems with the flight crew…there were no indications of any kind of attempted hijacking…there were no indications of any kind of mechanical or power failures or other problems…even the weather was calm and normal. The last known communications between Malaysian air controllers and the flight crew, as they were handing them off to the Vietnamese air controllers, was a routine exchange of …thank you…and goodnight. Moments later everything went blank…and Flight 370…simply disappeared.

Despite an intense international effort to try and locate either a landing location, a crash site, or any other indication of where it might have gone down, to this day there have been no definitive answers about what happened to it…and the nearly 300 people on board. Not until now, that is.

A short while ago, apparently released from the depths of a deep blue sea, a small fragment may now help resolve the mystery of that airliner’s disappearance. What appears to be part of an aileron (a wing flap) washed up on the distant shores of Reunion Island, just east of Madagascar, and there are indications that other bits and pieces of debris are also beginning to follow its landfall there, suggesting that somewhere east of that island, the remains of Flight 370 lie at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. A small comfort for the families of the passengers and crew who were on Flight 370, but at least these may now find some closure from their tragic loss.

While the pattern of ocean currents may account for why its debris is finally washing up on the shores of Reunion Island, several thousand miles from the last point where it was presumed to have gone down in that ocean…the mystery of Flight 370’s disappearance is still far from being resolved. Analysis of the wreckage fragment now being made in Paris, France, might give us some clues about its last moments, but not much more than that. Yet what has come to light could point to a more likely and smaller area of the Indian Ocean to be searched for the rest of what remains of Flight 370. That is…backtracking along those ocean current flows could lead to where it may actually be.


Meanwhile, all sorts of conspiracy and speculative theories continue to flow around us. Most are too fanciful to waste time on…but…what can be surmised is this: Some sort of external source apparently took control over it, and in such a way, its flight crew was unable to over ride that control; which, instead of making it head for any reachable land area, just flew out over the Indian Ocean, with only enough fuel left for ten hours of flying time. From the last estimate of its position just off the west coast of Malaysia, ten hours of flight time could have brought it to the west coast of Australia, or even in a pinch, the southern tip of India, or perhaps eastern Sri Lanka. Yet it never showed up in any of those places, thus presumed to have simply flown on into the emptiness of that ocean until, out of fuel, it dropped out of the sky.

If it was the victim of some kind of hijacking (despite the lack of any real evidence for that), those who did so were either ignorant or suicidal. The pattern of hijacking history does not make that a likely scenario. If we also exclude the flight crew being involved with it, that leaves us only with some sort of external source of control, and, the only kind we know of that’s capable of doing so is a combination of systems hacking and drone/radio control technology. Which raises the question: Who could be so insanely motivated to do such a thing…and to what end?

For the moment we have no answer for that question. We can only hope that someday soon…there will be one.