Rupert Murdoch, Courtney Love, Anderson Cooper Offer Theories on Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight
UPDATED: The fate of the lost Boeing 777 and its 227 passengers has been debated by the News Corp chairman on Twitter, the rock star on Facebook and the CNN host on "Late Night With Seth Meyers."
As the world wonders what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which mysteriously disappeared in the early hours of March 8, Rupert Murdoch has revealed his theories on Twitter.
The News Corp chairman shared his thoughts on the missing plane, which vanished from radar detection with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers on board, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing more than a week ago.
Murdoch was quick to comment on the news of the missing passenger jet, tweeting last week:
777crash confirms jihadists turning to make trouble for China. Chance for US to make common cause, befriend China while Russia bullies.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 9, 2014
In his most recent tweet about the matter, Murdoch mulled why the Boeing 777 vanished so suddenly. "Maybe no crash but stolen, effectively hidden, perhaps in Northern Pakistan, like Bin Laden," he wrote to his almost 500,000 followers.
World seems transfixed by 777 disappearance. Maybe no crash but stolen, effectively hidden, perhaps in Northern Pakistan, like Bin Laden.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 15, 2014
He also called for increased communication between the U.S. and Chinese governments when it comes to terrorist threats.
777. Still think this a reminder that US and China should be working more closely on Muslim extremist threat.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 15, 2014
During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday, Anderson Cooper told the talk-show host, "It is one of those stories that you can't figure out; it takes twists and turns. I am obsessed. There are friends I haven't heard from in 15 years sending me obscure theories. It is a bizarre, horrible story.
"I assume it was a crash, but nobody knows," said the CNN anchor, adding that the Malaysian authorities "have been giving contradictory information."
Rock star Courtney Love even weighed in on the missing plane on Facebook. The rocker posted a satellite image of the ocean, believed to be from website Tomnod, which she had added notes to, pointing to what she thought looks like a plane and an oil slick. The shot, Love wrote, is "a mile away from Pulau Perak where they 'last' tracked the flight."
Earlier on Monday, the Chinese government expressed growing discontent at Malaysian officials for not doing more to find the plane, which had 154 Chinese passengers on board. China has sent nine ships to help with the search, and now Beijing is demanding that Malaysia do more to solve the mystery, while anxious relatives have claimed the airline is withholding information, reported CBS News.
The search for the missing airliner began in the Gulf of Thailand on the edge of the South China Sea, which China claims as its territorial waters, but much of the expertise has come from the U.S. and Britain.
Reports revealed Monday that the last words from the plane could have been said by the co-pilot, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, who was heard saying, "All right, good night," at around the time two of the plane's signaling systems were manually disabled, reported Yahoo! News. The last signal from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was received 12 minutes prior, and the transponder was turned off two minutes later, moments before the plane turned back on its path.
The Malaysian authorities have stressed that the backgrounds of all the passengers and crew were being checked, in addition to engineers who may have worked on the plane before takeoff. But there has been increased focus on the pilot and co-pilot, according to U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.