More ephemeral wreckage sightings in a different place; the usual lack of confirmation. The Bear is beginning to wonder if there are not always things that resemble wreckage at sea, and it's only when you look so hard for so long that you start noticing them.
Terrorism continues to be downplayed, although the word "barratry" has been introduced into our vocabulary. That is kind of the opposite of mutiny, when the captain seizes control of a vessel. (Might want to remember that one for other contexts, hmmm?)
And the inevitable psychic claims the plane crashed, but most of the passengers survived. She's seeing a place "with a lot of trees." This according to CNN. Hey, they have air time to fill, you know. But it sounds suspiciously like ABC's cult hit LOST to the Bear.
Malaysia has reported the aircraft climbed to 45,000 feet, then dived to 25,000 feet. This recalls perhaps the most bizarre hijacking attempt ever: FedEx flight 705 in 1994.
A disgruntled FedEx flight engineer (the third man in the cockpit on older airplanes) packed a guitar case with an assortment of hammers and a spear gun. A desperate fight ensued during the flight, with the hijacker delivering crippling blows to the flight crew. The pilot used the airplane itself as a weapon, violently maneuvering to defend himself, even as he drifted in and out of consciousness. He even flew the DC-10 upside down. Eventually, the hijacker was overpowered and the plane landed safely.
Barratry still seems more likely, and there is no way for us to know how much stock to put in Malaysian radar reports. As always, the Bear will keep you informed on this story, whether you like it or not.
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