The breaking news this evening about the plane changing course with an completely unsanctioned programmed flight plan 12 minutes before the pilot said 'goodnight' make my previous post inplausable. oh well. It's looking like the pilot might have planned this whole thing.
In my opinion, there are two facts about this that are never going to change:
1) The plane never landed (safely, on land). 2) We're never going to truly know exactly what happened or why.
No matter how or why, the plane only had so much fuel. If it landed, it could have only done so in a small collection of locations. And you can't simply park a 777 jet in some farmer's barn. SOMEBODY would see it.
Everything else being said about this whole thing beyond those two facts is little more than fodder for media outlets.
Of course, that opinion is based on the acceptance that all the surrounding countries where the plane would have had enough fuel to reach are being honest about not seeing it on radar, or saying it hasn't landed anywhere that they know of. Given the nature of humanity lately, I would say that there's a 50% chance of honesty happening here.
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