On this, the 2-month anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysian Flight MH370, it's worth examining the landscape of findings, theories, and even, with the trail gone cold and unrewarding, some of the more outside-the-box theories.
To begin with, there has been no confirmed finding of debris, or even confirmed "pings" from the plane's black box, which has now long run out of juice from its batteries, being well beyond its 1-month guaranteed lifespan. A U.S. Defense official told Reuters that the search may "go on for years."
Conventional theories about mechanical failure, or a fuselage breach resulting in hypoxia (lack of oxygen leading to unconsciousness) seem unsatisfying. How could a plane be so damaged that EVERY passenger and the pilots would suffer from lack of oxygen AND that their oxygen masks would not automatically deploy AND even though the plane gyrated from 23,000 feet to as high as 45,000 feet (near the plane's maximum designed-for altitude) that the plane, though damaged, was not SO damaged that it was unable to fly for another 5 hours until crashing into the ocean? It just doesn't add up.
And the New York Post reports:
SYDNEY -- An international panel of experts will re-examine all data gathered in the nearly two-month hunt for the missing Malaysia jet to ensure search crews who have been scouring a desolate patch of ocean for the plane have been looking in the right place, officials said Monday.
Senior officials from Malaysia, Australia and China met in the Australian capital to hash out the details of the next steps in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which will center around an expanded patch of seafloor in a remote area of the Indian Ocean off Western Australia. The area became the focus of the hunt after a team of analysts calculated the plane's likeliest flight path based on satellite and radar data.
Starting Wednesday, that data will be re-analyzed and combined with all information gathered thus far in the search, which hasn't turned up a single piece of debris despite crews scouring more than 4.6 million square kilometers (1.8 million square miles) of ocean.
However, there is growing reason to believe that the search is in the wrong place, and so it will be fruitless, and even more, that Intelligence Officials know this, and are deliberately keeping secret the true landing of the plane -- possibly intact, with passengers safe, in Pakistan, or just over the border in Afghanistan.