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Sarah Bajc doesn't trust Malaysian investigation of missing plane

Malaysian airplane...where is it?
Malaysian airplane...where is it?
New York Times

One can easily understand why Sarah Bajc is more than a little ticked off at the way the investigation into the disappearance of the Malaysian aircraft has been handled. First of all, her partner Philip Wood was on that plane and his fate is extremely important to her, according to CBS News.

He was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing to meet her when the huge Boeing 777 vanished into the Asian night 49 days ago. They were going to live together. If he's still alive she'd like to know so she can plan their wedding.

Which is why she is criticizing the Malaysian investigators as to why they are relying on one source of information.....the British Inmarsat satellite determining where the search area should be. Or we should say search areas. It seems on an almost daily basis the official search area is re-defined, re-configured and re-located. Sometimes it's larger. Other days it's smaller.

One day its 900 miles west of Australia. The next day it may be further south several hundred miles and closer to Antarctica. Bajc wonders why anyone would be flying the plane toward Antarctica.

Bajc is an intelligent person. She has valid concerns. Prime Minister Najih Razak originally said the plane was at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, and that relatives of the passengers should accept beyond a reasonable doubt that all hands had perished.

But when pressed for his beyond a reasonable doubt evidence, all he could say was it was based on what Inmarsat said. But he has never disclosed to Bajc's satisfaction why what Inmarsat said proves anything.

"The location of an airplane has never before been determined by Inmarsat," she complained.

She's right. Normally, debris from a lost plane are found which allows investigators to define a search area. In the 49 days rescuers have been searching, not a single piece of debris has been located which can be tied to the airplane.

Australian Prime Minister John Abbott has sort of looked foolish by going on television everytime someone reports seeing something floating somewhere in the Indian Ocean. He has repeatedly interrupted meetings of his government with these impromptu press conferences in which he announces he is certain they have located the plane. These days he appears less certain. Maybe he realizes he's losing credibility with the voters in Australia everytime he cries wolf. Of course politicians do love free publicity.

Sarah Bajc, who has emerged as one of the leaders for the passengers' families, has mentioned approaching Boeing next with the hard questions. She correctly points out that as the manufacturer Boeing does have a fiduciary duty to the passengers and their families. She plans to attend an upcoming stockholders' meeting of Boeing in an attempt to get answers neither the Malaysians nor the Australian governments have been either willing or able to give.

Bajc wonders why the searchers have abandoned the northern route past India to Pakistan. After all, the Pakistanis hid out Osama Bin Laden a block from their military academy for years. Just because the Pakistanis say their radar didn't pick up the airplane flying through their airspace doesn't mean it's true.

Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney has said from day one that his sources have told him the plane was hijacked by terrorists and flown to an airstrip in the area of Pakistan and Iran. By now of course, hijackers would've had plenty of time to move the plane to yet another location while the Australians continue to say the plane went down off their coast.

McInerney has mentioned his concern for the fact terrorists could load the huge Boeing 777 with a nuclear weapon. It could then be used against Isaeal or the United States.

While the investigators say they are baffled why they can't find the plane in the ocean, Saraj Bajc and others are baffled why the investigators aren't looking along the northern route. After all, what do they have to show for their multi-million dollar search of the Indian Ocean?

With the anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden fast approaching, McInerney is concerned terrorists may be preparing the plane as an instrument of revenge against the U.S. What would it hurt to check out the northern route?

One thing is certain, Philip Wood is fortunate to have a partner like Sarah Bajc who will never give up on finding him, no matter what the "experts" tell her.

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