Sep-Oct 2016: More MH370 Parts Identified in Africa
06 October 2016: third MH370 part confirmed. According to CNN, the Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) has confirmed that a third part found off Mauritius in May (see article below) belong to MH370, although the location of the airplane wreckage itself remains a mystery. According to Lemma 3 (my theory) the wreckage should be found in abyssal depths west of Maldives.
15 September 2016: Parts Off Tanzania Coast. According to USA Today, the Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) has concluded that a Boeing 777 wing flap found off the coast of Tanzania in east Africa came from the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. ATSB reports that "This debris identification summary is released with the concurrence of the Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370." This is again part of a wing, which supports my guess that the plane was flying slowly when it entered the water (off the western coast of Maldives) so that the fuselage remained largely intact as it sank, while the wing pieces shattered across the water surface and remained floating on the prevailing currents, which generally flow toward southeastern Africa.
12 September 2016: Burned Parts Found On Madagascar Coast. A BBC News Report claims that MH370 debris hunter Blaine Gibson has found five new pieces of debris that could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. He found them on the northeast coast of Madagascar. Two fragments appear to show burn marks, which if confirmed would be the first time such marks have been found. According to Richard Westcott, BBC Transport Correspondent, it is too early to tell if these pieces are from MH370. According to his analysis, "They may not be from MH370. Even if they are, the apparent fire damage may have happened long after the aircraft came down the debris could have been used on a beach bonfire." Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) leaders have said that they plan to end their official search in December 2016, given the total lack of results from their expensive and extensive underwater searches off Western Australia. My own contention continues to be that they should have also conducted underwater searches west of Maldives, where credible sightings occurred in the morning hours following the plane's disappearance on 14 March 2014. The drift patterns for a Maldives crash would resuilt in debris washing up on the coasts of Madagascar, Mozambique, and other African locations as they in fact have done.
August 2016: PENANG FLYOVER DISCOVERY
New Analysis: Controlled Crash. (01 Aug 2016). According to the BBC, a Canadian expert has suggested the plane made what amounts to a slow and controlled crash into water. Both words 'slow' and 'controlled' are important. Lemma 3 remains on the table because this is exactly what I described as happening in this theory (and all possibilities remain on the table). Under the Africa gambit, MH370 made a slow, controlled crash into the northern Indian Ocean west of Maldives. Like all the evidence so far, this fits the Lemma 3 theory perfectly. My book explains all. ADDED NOTE (17 Jan 2017): Some analysis suggests the plane's flaps were level, meaning it did not slow down before crashing. That also is consistent with my suggestion that the plane was flying low and slow (as reported by reliable witnesses on Maldives) and that it was in mortal trouble, but the hijackers were trying to kee p it in the air until they reached their (unknown) base of operations in the Horn of Africa.
Added Notes (Highly Important). Please take a look at this added note regarding the Penang Deviation.
CNN 23 July 2016 Flight Simulator Evidence. In a bizarre twist on this already strange story, Richard Quest of CNN reveals that the Captain of MH370 may have been practicing suicide runs on a flight simulator game at his home. As Quest puts it, it proves nothing either way. However, it appears that the captain's simulated flights (motive unknown) mimic the southward turn on his final journey. Strangest of all is the allegation that the FBI had this information all along, and other than rumors and leaks, kept quiet. Why? The corrupt and incompetent Malaysian government apparently had the information all along, and failed to reveal it. I include the Maldives government in this description. So now we have not only a mystery about MH370, but a bigger mystery yetwas there a massive, global coverup, and if so, why? There is a lot more to this story than meets our eyes, and my Lemma 3 scenario remains solidly on the table. Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah apparently is from Penang, an island on the northwest tip of peninsular Malaysia, near the Malacca Straits. If he made a suicidal swan song, it would be insanely fitting that he made that left hook around Penang into the southern Indian Ocean (see Wikipedia: Penang. On the other hand, we are still left with (a) not a trace of debris off western Australia and (b) the witnesses on Maldives discredited by two corrupt governments with possible unfathomable sectarian (Muslim) motives (all possibilities must stay on the table). Also, why did nobody stop him, like his young co-pilot? As Ricky Ricardo used to say: There's "...a lot of splainin to do." Now, more so than everand Lemma 3 remains a possibility. I sent a note to CNN's Richard Quest on 22 Jul 2016 suggesting it is highly significant that the captain was from Penang and took MH370 out of its way over Penang on its final flight. As RQ said in his commentary, the simulator info may mean something or nothing. I think the Penang connection must mean something, but what? Penang was clearly a detour; by a doomed, hijacked pilot who wanted to say a final goodbye? Suicide isn't the only plausible inference. Hijack is still on the table. CNN: More.
USA Today 22 July 2016 Throwing In The Towel. According to this report, the West are ready to give up their fruitless search in the wrong part of the Indian Ocean. Had they searched west of the Maldives two years ago, they might have found debris because that is where (in my Lemma 3 scenario, based on the evidence) the plane went down. All options or lemmas must remain on the table until we find the wreckage and learn the reasons for its demise. The world owes it to bereaved families, and to prevent another occurrence of its type.
BBC 15 July 2016 Frustration at Failed Investigation. Relatives and other concerned parties express outrage in this breaking story at the failure of authorities to make any sense of the disappearance. Consider this: two years on, the only traces of the plane have turned up on African coasts. If the plane had gone down off western Australia, there would not have been at least some debris in that region. My thesis is that the plane went down west of the Maldives in the northern Indian Ocean, as described in my two books. Had anyone played fair with this investigation, they would have searched that area as well, and most likely would have found (and still may find) debris there. If even one shred of the plane turns up in the northern Indian Ocean, that will vindicate my theory. Instead, the Australians and others appear to be planning to simply shut the case down and try to ignore aviation's greatest mystery. Note my comments about wing debris (19 Mar 2016).
BBC 9 Jun 2016 Reports More Africa Debris. This news compilation focusing on Madagascar underscores the plausibility of my Africa Gambit theory for missing MH370. So far not a shred of evidence that the aircraft went down off western Australia. If a search west of Maldives two years ago had turned up even a shred of MH370, that would have confirmed my hypothesis. It's a bit late for that now, but in the same breath one can say that zero search results off western Australia support my Lemma 3. That's because the stuff landing steadily on African beaches is most likely coming south from the Carlsbad Ridge and Arabian Abyss areas as described in my scenario.
CNN 12 May 2016 Confirm: Recent Africa Debris from MH370 The Malaysian government confirmed that recent Africa debris is 'almost certainly' from missing airliner MH370. To date, not a shred of MH370 has been found anywhere other than Africa, which strongly supports my Lemma 3: Africa Gambit or hijack with malice planned (weaponizing in Africa, dropping as a bomb on major Western target in Europe or the greater Mediterranean region TOP
Africa ContinuesTheory Ever More Likely. On 19 March 2016, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau announced that parts found on separate dates not far apart in Mozambique are 'almost certainly' from vanished Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370on 27 December 2015 and on 27 February 2016. A more detailed BBC Business News story confirms the pieces are wing debris as specified in my 2016 update. Once we learned that the flight crashed, it became evident it went down at relatively low speed. The wings and tail planes were torn off, while the fuselage sank relatively intact west of Maldives, not west of Australia. Lemma 3 totally fits this picture.
Africa Never Stops #4Not Just Coincidence. On 23 March 2016, CNN reported the discovery of another possible MH370 component, this time in South Africa. Authorities will ignore my theory as long as possible to pursue their elusive Western Australia notion. Yes, everything is still on the table. Lemma 3 is still a theory, not a fact. However, it is being utterly ignored, rather strange for the only plausible explanation of the mystery. Again, it fits my theory perfectly. If this is MH370, the part is identified as part of an engine cowling, which is wing debris. My theory suggests that the plane went down west of Maldives, with the wings shorn off, while the fuselage sank intact. Studies of currents show this scenario is entirely plausible. See my second anniversary book Lemma 3: Africa Gambit or visit Clocktower Books for the full history of my reporting on this fascinating aviation mystery.
Africa Shocker #3Theory Ever More Likely. On 12 March 2016, authorities announced that yet another part most likely from vanished Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was found in January on a Mozambique beach in Africa.
Africa Shocker AgainTheory More and More Likely. On 2 March 2016, another part that can only be from vanished Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 washed ashore on a sand bar off Mozambique, in southeastern Africa. This is on the other side of Madagascar, where in 2015 the aircraft's wing flaperon was found on a beach on Reunion Island. When I published my thought experiment Vanished Flight 777 in 2014, I proposed a likely scenario: namely, that Muslim terrorists had hijacked the plane, killed the passengers, and were flying it toward Africa after refueling in the Bay of Bengal. All the details in my novel (a thought experiment) continue to line up perfectly. My scenario (Lemma 3: Hijack to Weaponize) remains strong as ever. We now understand the plane never made it to Africa. It was in trouble when two reliable sources (debunked by a shaky and chaotic government beset by corruption, violence, coups, and Muslim extremism) reported seeing the aircraft flying west over Maldives. The witnesses (a school teacher and a wealthy fishing boat owner) were reliable; the government wasn't. My proposition has long been that the hijackers were not able to repressurize the fuselage, and may also have had engine trouble, perhaps due to bad fuel taken on in the Bay of Bengal. The hijackers had to ditch in the Indian Ocean, where the plane's remains will be found at the bottom. I believe the fuselage is still intact, but the wings sheared off, which is why the only debris found so far is wing debris. Stop wasting time and money on a pointless and doomed search off western Australia and start looking west of Maldives. The ocean gyre in the Indian Ocean supports my theory as well, now more than ever with the find in Mozambique.
= Older Updates =
Africa ShockerNot A Conspiracy Theory. On 29 July 2015, parts likely from missing airliner MH370 washed ashore on Réunion, a French-owned island off the coast of Africa. This was the first sign of the missing airliner since MH370 vanished without a trace on 8 March 2014. I predicted in June 2014 that the airliner could have been hijacked and flown to Africa. Debris discoveries in 2015 raise disquieting new questions that cannot be ignored. Read here and see why, understanding that my novel is not a conspiracy theory but a logical, analytical thought experiment (and a thinking person's suspense thriller).
Mystery Redux. After more than a year of unquiet dormancy, the mystery of MH370 sprang back to life. With the new African connection, so has my thought experiment of June 2014 reviveda novel titled Vanished: Flight 777. To avoid confusion with conspiracy theories, I titled my novel for the Boeing model number (777) rather than the Malaysian flight number. I reasoned at the time that even if the mystery were solved, the urgency of my hijack scenario must continue to demand the civilized world's attention (to avoid a repeat of 9/11 or worse).
Mystery of Vanished Flight MH370
"Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
= A Novel and Thought Experiment by John T. Cullen =
View and Buy Links.Lemma 3: MH370 Solution: New 2nd Anniversary Update (8 March 2016 Introduction with Complete text of 2014 novel Vanished Flight 777 w
Print Edition can be ordered from Barnes & Noble online or in stores: Click to view on B&N website. This is the 2014 edition, titled Vanished: Flight 777 updated with the identical text as the 2016 second anniversary edition. Same book, first edition cover.
All editions (Amazon and B&N, 2014 and 2016) have a long, detailed introduction that refreshes us through 8 March 2016. Already, as of 12 March 2016, news sources report new debris finds in Africa, strengthening the author's Africa Gambit (Lemma 3, Hijack with malicious intent).