These days it would appear that everyone has a theory on what might have happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the airplane that was first thought to have vanished over the South China Sea on its way to Beijing, China, only to have military radar pick up the plane over the Strait of Malacca on the western side of Malaysia. And then there was the satellite tracking that suggests that the Boeing 777 flew on for several more hours -- but nobody seems to know where it might have gone. Cue runaway speculation. And with theories ranging from the whimsical -- the plane landed or crashed on an island like in the hit television series "Lost" -- to the mechanical -- engine failure -- to some type of intervention -- the latest being an act of piracy, it should come as no surprise that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has his own theory as to what might have happened to the missing plane.
Mediaite reported March 14 that Rush Limbaugh tossed out the idea that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have been shot down. Noting that his "guess was as good as any" (possibly because he has a pilot's license? He does, you know), Limbaugh suggested that it could have all started with an total electronics failure.
"I don’t know if this is possible, given electronic ignition and all that, but let’s say it is," Limbaugh speculated, as noted on RushLimbaugh.com. "So then the crew says, 'We got to get back home. We got to get back to Kuala Lumpur. We can’t fly with no electronics.'
"It’s dark, nighttime," he goes on. "They fly over a bunch of unfriendly countries, and they can’t identify themselves, and they’re not identified, there are no lights on. There’s been a total electronic failure. What if some hostile country flew up there and shot it down and then discovered their mistake and nobody wants to admit what happened? Have you heard that theory from anybody? Okay. Is my theory as good as anybody else’s that you’re hearing out there? Yeah. I think my theory holds up, and it works well."
Some, like those at PoliticusUSA, suggest that Limbaugh is off on another of his fanciful fringe rantings. But, given that passenger planes have been shot down in the past (such as when the Soviet Union shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in Sept. 1983), he could be on to something.
And if it was the Malaysia military that shot the plane down, well, no nation would want to readily admit they shot down one of their own commercial jets...
Even if Limbaugh's theory turns out to be as wrong as the next, at least it is plausible, unlike the theories that a UFO interfered with the flight or a Bermuda Triangle-like time-space ripple caused a rift in the atmosphere and swallowed it.
Still, guessing aside, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is still missing. Reports that it disappeared from regular aviation radar on Saturday, March 8, prompted a massive air and sea search in the area where the plane was last spotted.
But signals from Flight MH370 continued even after the initial disappearance. A military base picked up the plane's signal hundreds of miles west of where it first vanished. Then satellites picked up further signals for a few more hours. Coupled with days and days of not finding a debris field or even a few pieces of wreckage to indicate where the airplane may have went down in the Pacific and Indian Oceans (the search area expanded dramatically over a week's time), the Malaysian government said that it was believed that the plane was deliberately piloted. Theories of hijacking and piracy, commingled with touches of terrorism, have since become the most accepted.
So… where is it?
Rush Limbaugh might be correct that the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down. But whether he is or not, given his history of cooking up conspiracy theories against the Obama administration, he has to be credited with restraining himself from claiming that Obama ordered Flight MH370 shot down to distract from what conservatives see as a weak response to the Russian invasion of Crimea. And that he didn't try to pin the ultimate cause on President Obama is far more difficult to believe than the plane having been shot down. Which leads us to: Just about anything is possible.
Except for the UFO and Bermuda Triangle-like theories. Now, that's crazy...