As we enter the 14th day in the thus far futile search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, hope is beginning to fade as the media circus cranks into full overdrive, and incoherent TV news people and their legions of experts offer up any number of wild theories as to what could have taken the Boeing 777-200ER out of the earthy plane of existence and into the Twilight Zone.
A CNN host actually suggested that a black hole might have been responsible for the missing airliner, asking panelists if it was really so “preposterous” to consider a black hole as a possibility? But a former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo, brought the group back to earth when she said, “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that.”
As of this writing, bad weather near in Perth, Australia, early Friday is making the search for possible pieces of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean more complicated. A freighter used searchlights early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected the debris.
Officials called this the “best lead” of the nearly two-week-old aviation mystery, when a satellite detected two objects floating about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic. The development raised new hope of finding the vanished jet and sent another emotional jolt to the families of the 239 people aboard.
CBS reported that the “objects spotted on the satellite images were at the extreme southern end of the projected southern search corridor, so in an area where all earlier information suggested crews might expect to find the missing jet. The largest object could be one of the Boeing 777’s wings.” They won’t find it there, or anywhere else in the water, is this observer’s guess.
Others say that if the airliner has been hijacked to Pakistan or some other third-world backwater where news coverage is nonexistent and the locals are happy simply to be fed by their masters, our government woudn’t announce it to the public, although media insiders might be let in on the secret. That way, negotiations could proceed and the lives of the 239 aboard might be saved, and blah, blah, blah.
What really gets me are the many pundits who insist on comparing the Malaysia Flight 370 mystery with the last flight of Amelia Earhart, as if these two events actually share real commonalities. It makes no difference that these smug luminaries know nothing of the Earhart disappearance, and actually believe that the so-called Earhart “mystery” is real, when it’s in fact a government-media illusion in its 77th year of popularity.
I won’t get into all the details and differences, but let’s look at just a few. In July 1937, Amelia and her world-class navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, New Guinea, in their twin-engine Lockheed Electra 10E at 10 a.m. local time, their destination Howland Island, a barren speck, about two miles long and a half-mile wide, just north of the equator in the central Pacific, about 1,900 miles southwest of Honolulu and 200 miles east of the International Dateline. The flight had never been accomplished or even attempted before, but Noonan was confident he could navigate them to Howland safely, where a makeshift landing strip had been cleared amid the many thousands of resident gooney birds.
Please, let’s not compare the primitive Electra 10E with the Boeing 777, and the well-worn flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing to the perilious Lae to Howland stretch over empty ocean. Our heroes had good radio equipment, for the day, but had left their most powerful transmitting device, their 500-kilohertz trailing antenna, behind in Miami for no discernable reason. Many think this mistake was their fatal one. If you want a description of the incredible high-tech communications capabilities of Flight 370, please look elsewhere.
The last words that Malaysian air traffic controllers heard, at 1:19 a.m., were those of the co-pilot saying “All right, good night,” as if all were well. Amelia’s last message to the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca, at 8:44 a.m. Howland time, was one of the few the cutter received from her during the final few hours of her ostensible approach to Howland. Amelia’s final message was notable for its shrill tone, some calling it “panicked,” others recalling it as “high pitched” and describing her as sounding very worried.
Twenty hours and 14 minutes after departing Lae, Amelia transmited her infamous last message: “WE ARE ON THE LINE 157-337,WILL REPEAT THIS MESSAGE, WILL REPEAT THIS MESSAGE ON 6210 KCS. WAIT LISTENING ON 6210 KCS. WE ARE RUNNING NORTH AND SOUTH.” The message was received on 3105 at signal strength 5. “She was so loud that I ran up to the bridge expecting to see her coming in for a landing,” Itasca Chief Radioman Leo Bellarts told researcher Elgen Long in 1973. But Amelia wasn’t there, she was on her way to Mili Atoll, as those who are familiar with the facts well know.
The Earhart matter has been covered up and the truth suppressed since FDR learned that the Japanese had her on Saipan, possibly even before she arrived there, sometime in the late summer or early fall of 1937, at the latest. How is this comparable to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? But when the media says these two events, separated by nearly 77 years, are similar, they must be.
The biggest media “tell” of all came last Friday, when Megan Kelly of FOX News invited TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie to join her panel of “aviation experts” to discuss what might have happened to Flight 370. Here FOX exposed itself as just another in the long line of mainstream organizations who shill for the establishment’s false narrative in the so-called Earhart mystery. How can FOX News – or anyone else, for that matter, consider Gillespie, who has made 10 failed trips to Nikumaroro (Gardner Island) and failed to find a single item that could be connected to Earhart or Noonan, an expert on how to find a lost jetliner? Please, tell me.
Yet there sat the TIGHAR chief, ensconced comfortably among the real experts, and Kelly actually asked him a question. He mumbled something about Amelia Earhart, and Kelly looked quite intrigued. That’s what I was told, anyway. Welcome to today’s “news,” where perception is reality, and the truth is an orphan.