As the search zone narrows and unmanned submarines begin to search the ocean floor for signs of a missing Malaysian Airlines jet, investigators have revealed that copilot Fariq Abdul Hamid tried to use his cell phone as the plane passed Penang. For weeks now, I have speculated for that Flight MH 370 may have been a runaway plane whose flight crew knew they were going to die. Hamid’s friends say he was probably trying to call his mother, an act consistent with the runaway plane scenario.
If we look at the map of the plane’s flight path, Hamid clearly tried to make that call just before the Boeing 777 turned ninety degrees on the first leg of its strange trip to the middle of the Indian Ocean. In the final moments before smoke or poisonous fumes incapacitated the flight crew, while pilot Zahare Ahmad Shah was programming the plane to avoid sea lanes and air traffic until it ran out of fuel, it makes perfect sense that Hamid would try to call his mom and say “I love you.”