Hole lead singer and one-time lover of rock icon Kurt Cobain Courtney Love seems to have thought she just might have found the Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for nearly two weeks. Maybe. She's leaving it up to the experts, she says, but she posted a photo to her official Facebook page and noted that what looks like an oil slick and wreckage can be seen just miles off the coast of Malaysia where the plane was last detected.
The Atlantic Wire reported (via Yahoo News) March 17 that Courtney Love took to Tomnod, an Internet map service that encourages users to "solve problems" with satellite imagery, to leave a tip for authorities searching for the missing plane. Love joined roughly 650,000 other tipsters currently participating in searching for Flight MH370 on the Internet via satellite imagery.
"I'm no expert but up close this does look like a plane and an oil slick," Love wrote on her official Facebook page Monday. "Prayers go out to the families #MH370 and its like a mile away [from] Pulau Perak, where they 'last' tracked it 5°39'08.5"N 98°50'38.0"E but what do I know?"
Pulau Perak is an island in the Strait of Malacca, the last location Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was detected by radar. The signal was picked up by a military station on the west coast of Malaysia. But what has authorities worried was that the Boeing 777, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, was, prior to the updated information from the Malaysia military, last thought to have disappeared somewhere over the South China Sea, hundreds of miles from the western edge of Malaysia.
But it would appear that Courtney Love and the other Tomnod users that speculated about the same photo hours before her post shouldn't have gotten their hopes up, because what looks like part of a debris field is actually a boat, according to CBC News. Tomnod.com had even posted an enhanced photo of what appears to be a boat from the same map photo prior to Love's post.
So… Cue the drug-addled, completely-out-of-it jokes...
Still, Love isn't the only celebrity that has gotten involved in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Rush Limbaugh theorized that a hostile country shot it down and simply doesn't want to admit it. Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to toss out a couple conspiracy theories that center around China and Pakistan.
Courtney Love is widely known for her flamboyant public persona, spending more time as a headline for snarky tabloids than she does for her music. Tales of drugs and trips to rehabs became the norm shortly after the death of Kurt Cobain, whose reported suicide came just a week before the release of her second -- and most successful - album with her band Hole. But her success with the band was limited to 1990s. The band's last album, Nobody's Daughter, was released in 2010, twelve years after the release of the platinum-selling third set, Celebrity Skin, which was also the band's highest charter (No. 9 on the Billboard 200).
She has a new album, Died Blonde, due out this year. It will be the her second release under her own name, the follow-up to 2004's America's Sweetheart.