MH370’s self-fulfilling conspiracy?
The Malaysian Airline jet that went ‘off the radar’ on March 8 was carrying 20 employees of a US-based firm that specialised in radar-evading technology
Hardnews Bureau Delhi
Twelve days since a Boeing 777 vanished from the sky with 239 people on board, investigators are still baffled about its whereabouts. Meanwhile, the missing aircraft has become the hot topic of conversation all over the world. The media has gone into a speculation overdrive; all angles are being explored to pander to a curiouser and curiouser public. From hijacking to hacker apps to pilot suicide to military strike, the theories keep coming thick and fast. There are more stories and twists to it, including jokes in cheap taste, than even the most suspenseful Hollywood thriller.
Investigators are now looking into a possibility that was highlighted by The International Business Times, about the link between the missing aircraft and 20 people onboard who were working for a semiconductor manufacturing company called Freescale, which had just recently developed the technology to make aircraft invisible to radar. In fact, the patents for the technology by the texas-based company were announced as recently as 5 March, just days before the disappearance. MH370 had flown virtually undetected over the airspace of multiple countries. Could it be that the aircraft had been equipped with the same technology? Is this the missing link? Twelve of the Freescale employees were Malaysian, while 8 were Chinese. Also, since much of Freescale’s R&D comes under classified information, some are even speculating whether a rogue state hijacked the plane to get hold of the people and the technology. There’s no end to the claims.
It was a people’s website, www.beforeitsnews.com that first explored the sensational theory: “It is conceivable that the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane is ‘cloaked’, hiding with high-tech electronic warfare weaponry that exists and is used. In fact, this type of technology is precisely the expertise of Freescale, that has 20 employees on board the missing flight," said the site.
The spokesperson for Freescale, Mitch Haws, confirmed that their employees were on board: “These were all people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people.”
Meanwhile, internet forums and message boards are buzzing with various probable scenarios. One such comment in a forum read thus: