Possible Disappearance Location of Flight MH370 50 miles south of Tho Chu Island is Right on the Flight Plan Yet Questionable

The disappearance of flight MH370 two hours into its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 continues to baffle the world.  Objects spotted in the water by the Vietnamese navy at the closing of the day on March 9, could not be found again the next day when the search restarted. Also, a Malaysian official said that the oil in the slicks is not from flight MH370. Yet, the location of the slick and of the purported debris is quite close to the planned course of the plane, bearing 18 degrees from the starting point. However, the focus on that area might be the product of linear thinking, assuming that all went, up to a point, as planned. It is quite possible that the plane might’ve traveled farther than that point or even veered off course after contact was lost. This is typical for an investigation that just begins. First, the most obvious, linear inferences are used, leaving out the more extravagant explanations. In this case, it might very well be that the more unusual explanation could in fact be the valid one. And I am not thinking about a Bermuda triangle or some sort of Langolier effect described in Steven King’s famous book Four Past Midnight about a plane caught in a time slip….

On March 11, Malaysian military announced that they have some evidence that the plane turned West after contact with ground controllers was lost, disappearing for good only an hour later and over 380 miles away, in the vicinity of Pulau Perak, an island in the strait of Malacca (See map below).MH370 Currently Known Locations – March 11 2014

The Biggest Mysteries of Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 - ABC News

The Biggest Mysteries of Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 – ABC Newshttp://abcnews.go.com/International/biggest-mysteries-missing-malaysian-flight-mh370/story?id=22838958#A breakdown of the biggest mysteries surrounding the missing Malaysian flight by ABCNEWS

The summary map below indicates the spatial information known so far.


Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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