The story of Malaysia Airline flight 370 keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.
The reports of its disappearance reached us over two weeks ago. I thought for certain wreckage would start turning up and we’d hear about how the well-trained, competent international investigators were doing such a good job. Only they haven’t uncovered a thing. Not so much as a napkin or a boarding pass.
Somehow this mammoth Boeing 777 jetliner vanished without a trace and nobody seems certain about where to look for it. If I were looking for it, I would pick the least imaginable place I think it could be and start there. I mean, how often have you said to yourself, “That’s the last place I would have looked”?
I wouldn’t start by looking at the gate it departed from. I seriously doubt all 230 something passengers and crew are waiting there for someone to come fix a flat tire or top it off with gasoline before they push back.
I wouldn’t start looking for it in my bedroom closet or garage either. It’s just too big and I think I would have heard it taxiing around. Also with all those people on board, my refrigerator would have been emptied by now.
First the Malaysian government swore up and down it disappeared just north of Kuala Lumpur Airport on its way to China. Then they added it may have turned around and headed another direction, but then it disappeared altogether from radar. Then we found out it probably flew on another 5 or so hours after that. I am slowly getting the feeling that nobody in Malaysia knows what they are doing.
Then China stated their radar and satellite imaging system spotted a piece of the supposed wreckage. Then we found out they didn’t. Then Australia claimed they discovered some debris from the airplane only to find out it wasn’t that either. Now I’m wondering if anybody in China or Australia knows what they are doing.
One thing is for certain. There is a lot of big, useless junk floating around the ocean. Maybe it’s time we clean it up so we can make some progress looking for the jumbo jet the Malaysian government lost.
I hope they find some trace of it soon. The families of the missing deserve some closure. The public deserves some answers and Malaysian government officials deserve a swift kick in the pants for bungling the investigation. At this rate, Jimmy Hoffa will turn up before the airliner ever does.
EDITOR'S NOTE: After this column was published, the Malaysian government announced the plane had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 on board.