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Missing plane landed? Did flight MH370 land on an island runway?

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Theories that the missing plane may have landed have surfaced once more as new information has been uncovered. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been missing for one week and with no definitive clues on where it might be, some are wondering if the Boeing 777 might have landed somewhere remote. On March 14, CNN raised the question, suggesting that the plane might be intact somewhere undisclosed.

"The suggestion -- and it's only that at this point -- is based on analysis of radar data revealed Friday by Reuters suggesting that the plane wasn't just blindly flying northwest from Malaysia. Reuters, citing unidentified sources familiar with the investigation, reported that whoever was piloting the vanished jet was following navigational waypoints that would have taken the plane over the Andaman Islands," reports CNN.

If the missing plane landed, it would still be recognizable from the air and if there are search and rescue planes flying over the suspected area, they would likely be able to spot the missing aircraft. Even still, chances that the plane landed in this area are slim.

"There is no chance, no such chance, that any aircraft of this size can come towards Andaman and Nicobar Islands and land," said Denis Giles, editor of the Andaman Chronicle newspaper. At this point, however, it's still worth checking into.

As far as what happened to the plane exactly, many are leaning towards an act of terrorism or pilot suicide. It's hard to imagine such a sophisticated plane with such an experienced pilot just falling out of the sky -- but, once again, nothing is being ruled out.

If the missing plane landed, the passengers could still be alive -- but these hopes are diminishing as time passes.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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