August 2016: PENANG FLYOVER (DIVERSION) MYSTERY
Two Parts. In the first (top) section below, learn of Captain Shah's unexplained diversion, no doubt under duress (either self-imposed if suicidal) or under the gun of hijackers. I still opt for the latter theory, or even a combination of the two in some remarkable drama we'll never fully understand. In the second (bottom) section, read about the evidence CNN's Richard Quest relates about a possible suicide motive. This one fact (the documented Penang Diversion) could change the entire narrative of this saga. Even if Lemma 3 turns out to be wrong, and the answer is Lemma 2 (deliberate suicide and/or sabotage), we must still be on guard for any future hijack attempts in an increasingly sophisticated and hostile world. Further possibility: did Captain Shah's emotional or mental condition (if any) make him vulnerable to cooperating with state sponsored terrorists?
PENANG DIVERSION (22 July 2016). MH370 on the night of its disappearance made a left turn en route to Beijing and flew west instead of north. One fact about the itinerary has eluded us all until this moment. Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, pilot of MH370, was from Penang on the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula. The flight of MH370 is not a straight line, but describes a bend *around Penang*, The flight path runs south to the pilot's home island of Penang, hooking south of it, and then heading northwest toward the Andaman Sea northeast of Banda Aceh where contact was lost. I was so excited that I bought the domain captainshahpenang.com and redirected it to this page we're on, with today's time-date stamp. With curious timing, here are two 22 July 2016 articles from the BBC denying that Captain Shah was the cause, and describing how thoroughly his background was checked:
Sister statements 1 and
Sister statements 2. At the same time, from CNN, we hear the Captain of MH370 practiced the theoretical route into the South Indian Ocean shortly before the loss of MH370, and allegedly both the Malaysians and the U.S. FBI knew this since 2014. This does not mean the pilot planned or committed a suicide run. What it does bring to our attention is that the aircraft made a deviation off its new, unknown course to fly by the captain's home island of Penang. In Lemma 3, that would suggest he was still alive and doing a farewell flyover; and perhaps that he was forced to fly the plane to its destination (see my books and theory under Lemma 3). Understand: I keep all options on the table, including Lemmas 1 and 2. Please read my material before jumping to conclusions, which seems to be endemic in these sorts of situations.
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.