It has been a week since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from most radars over the South China Sea. And with every sighting of what might be a debris field and/or a massive oil slick -- and its subsequent debunking or alternate explanation, the mystery grows deeper concerning what happened to the Boeing 777. So it would only stand to reason that someone -- or several someones -- would hit upon the idea that the missing plane just might have vanished due to an encounter with a UFO.
The Epoch Times reported March 13 that some believe that extraterrestrials might be somehow involved. But as far as MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network) is concerned, there is little to substantiate the idea. In fact, there seems to have been little or no activity in the area around the time of the Malaysia Airlines plane's disappearance.
MUFON Executive Director Jan C. Harzan told Examiner.com: ”We have not received any UFO reports from that region during the time of the flight or around the time period where it disappeared. Historically there are very few UFO cases where an airplane is involved and then it just disappears.”
But that doesn't stop the speculation -- or the development of conspiracy theories that the Boeing 777 vanished due to aliens hijacking or downing the aircraft.
In an interview with Huffington Post, MUFON’s Pennsylvania State Director John Ventre said: “Between black boxes, transponders, radar, debris fields, explosion and missile strike signatures, evidence is always left behind. The one explanation that some researchers are considering is that the plane and its passengers were abducted by extraterrestrials.”
And just to lend the UFO theory just the right amount of conspiratorial air, Ventre went on: “The U.S. military monitors everything using sonar, radar and satellites. I’m certain our satellites observed what really happened, but that’s a truth that can’t be revealed.”
ForbiddenKnowledgeTV also offers contact with UFOs and/or aliens as a reason for the aircraft's disappearance. The website's Alexandra Bruce provides as proof of alien meddling records on the flight mapping website Flightradar24. Signals "captured" on a YouTube video are offered as evidence.
And yet it is unlikely that a UFO is involved -- and that is just speaking from a historical perspective.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing early last Saturday morning. However, it was later discovered by the Malaysia military that the plane had actually not gone down at that time but had altered course. It's last known position seemed to be off the west coast of Malaysia above the Strait of Malacca, several hundred miles away from the previous last known location. But that had been until satellite data indicated that the Boeing 777 had flown for at least another four hours, giving rise to the latest theory about the missing plane -- piracy.
Although the UFO encounter theory might appear a bit extreme, more practical theories have been offered by aviation and military experts. They range from a terrorist or asylum-seeking hijacking to bombs to sudden catastrophic failure of Flight MH370's systems.
An international effort to search an increasingly large area from the Pacific Ocean and China westward into the Indian Ocean has grown to involve dozens of ships and planes, but they have turned up nothing.