The mystery that has shrouded the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people has prompted Arab commenters online to fan the flames of conspiracy over what happened to the jet, as well as make links to Hollywood.
Many have likened the situation to popular American sci-fi drama TV series Lost, directed by JJ Abrams, which tells the story of survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet who are stranded on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.
‘Real life Lost?’
The most striking similarity between fact and fiction appears to be the mystery disappearance of the jet, which since Saturday has unraveled into a complex search and rescue operation with several theories over what happened to the plane baffling the aviation industry.
A poster of the hit TV series Lost, which focuses around survivors of a plane crash on a seemingly deserted island. (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Television)
Questioning whether the missing plane would spark a “real life episode of Lost,” many took to Twitter to relate the show’s plot to the disappearance of Flight MH370, that was carrying passengers from 14 nations, the majority of them Chinese.
The first season of Lost in 2004 began with a plane crash that left the surviving passengers of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 on what seems to be a deserted tropical island.
The plane’s flight path had been between Sydney and Los Angeles, but had resulted in passengers being stranded in the South Pacific. Similarly, Flight MH370 appears to be the latest in what has been described as “Asia's long history of carnage in the air.”
One UK blogger laid bare the similarities in a piece titled: “The unfortunate parallels of Oceanic 815 and MH370.”
“Whatever your opinion of the science fiction/supernatural TV Show, this LOST fan … cannot help but see that parallels when I tuned into the news this morning and was advised that one of the safest aeroplanes in the world, the Boeing 777 had disappeared off the radar,” the blogger wrote on the day the MH370 disappeared.
And much like how Lost includes a number of mysterious elements ascribed to science fiction or supernatural phenomena, even more conspiracy theory appears to be taking a big chunk out of online chatter, as reported by Time.
A ring of hope
Relatives and friends of the Malaysian Airlines flight had a spark of hope that their loved ones were still alive after phones of the missing passengers were able to ring. The Washington Post reported that similarly, families were able to still find their loved ones on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ. The discoveries led to a petition signed by 100 people for the Malaysian government to investigate the mysterious circumstances.
An alternative universe
Those fascinated with conspiracies such as the Bermuda triangle or parallel universes prescribe to the idea that the plane could have simply disappeared into an outwardly portal. Some other far-fetched theories allude to the involvement of aliens.
A planned conspiracy
Theories circulating on the website Reddit are fixated on the numerical coincides found within the flights disappearance. One user RedditB commented, “Flight 370 disappears on 3/7 while reportedly traveling 3,700km. Flight 360 flew at an altitude of 37,000 feet when it was last reported using flight tracking software. Luigia Maraldi, age 37, was one of the individuals whose passports was stolen. Malaysian Airlines is one of Asia’s largest, flying nearly 37,000 passengers daily. As of today, we are beginning the 37th month since the Fukushima tragedy, which is located on the 37th degree and initially caused 37 injuries at the plant.”
North Korean involvement
Some recalled when in 1969, then North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung hijacked a flight and had it flown to Pyongyang. One Reddit user, Nickrayne, points to the fact the plane had enough fuel to fly to North Korea and remain within cell phone range, explaining the fact passengers’ phones were still ringing.
Arabs, like the rest of the world, took to Twitter to share existing conspiracy theories and add on their own.
Afik A, user @Dubaiexpatriate, said “COVER UP?? Fisher men who find a floating raft hand it over to MMEA who claim it sank into the sea #MalaysiaAirlines,” attaching a picture with a fisherman recovering a deflated raft.
User @Youbness wrote, “This whole deal with the missing flight #MH370 is actually quite interesting if you read more about it. The conspiracy theories... Damn.”
However, the overwhelming sentiment on social media were about hope and prayer.
User @MahabbahAnis said simple, “Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray For the Passengers in #MalaysiaAirlines #MH370.”
Hassan Rahman wrote, “Pray for the victims of Malaysia Airlines. Remember, we are all one Ummah. May Allah be their Helper. #MalaysiaAirlines #PrayForMH370”
Those more prone to believe traditional manners of how a plane could disappear claim that there is still a strong chance the jet exploded at a high altitude, disintegrating the plane. This theory would explain the fact there was no distress signal before the aircraft went off the radar.
This postulate may prove to be the eeriest of all. If true, the remains of the plane are not likely to be found, concealing the true nature of the plane’s disappearance in secrecy forever.SHOW MORE