Bizarre: missing Malaysia Airlines passengers' phones ring, but no one answers

2014-03-10 15:07
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Beijing - The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has thickened somewhat as family members of passengers have reported mobile phones ringing, but nobody answering.

International Business Times reports that 19 families have signed a joint statement saying that passengers' cell phones connected after the flight had been reported missing. In each case, the phone would ring, but the call would be hung up. 

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The sister of one of the Chinese passengers among the 239 people on board the missing flight rang his phone live on TV twice at 11:40 on Sunday morning and heard it ringing. She called again later that afternoon and heard it ring once more.

The Mirror reports that she expressed her hope that if the call went through, police could locate the position. 

A man from Beijing also called his missing brother, and reported to the airline that the phone connected three times and rang before appearing to hang up.

Relatives who signed the joint statement have asked Malaysia Airlines to reveal any information they may have been hiding.

The airline has not released any further details regarding the aircraft, however Malaysian Minister of Transport Hishammuddin Hussein said they were doing everything in their power to locate the plane and that they hope people understand that they are being as transparent as they can.

In the mean time, it has also been reported that the large oil slick spotted in the South China Sea, was found to be bunker fuel  and not that of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 

These eerie happenings have, of course, given rise to a number of conspiracy theories, one of which purports that the aircraft may have been hijacked by terrorists bearing fake passports and is now secretly stationed at an abandoned Vietnamese airport at this very moment. 

According to 'citizen news' site Beforeitsnews.com, the aircraft may have been landed safely by terrorists/hijackers to later be used as a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ with passengers and crew now being held as hostages.

The following video explains their view:


New York Daily News reports that other theories suggest that the 100-ton Boeing 777 carrying 239 people simply disintegrated in the air at 35 000 feet, possibly due to an explosion.

According to Scott Hamilton, a US-based aviation expert, the plane had been inspected just 10 days before and found to be in a 'proper condition,' meaning that it was highly unlikely that an explosion would have been caused by an aircraft fault. 

He added that the airplane could only have been torn apart by a completely unexpected catastrophic event or a criminal act. 

Some of the crazier conspiracy theories, cited by examiner.com, suggest that the plane could have been intercepted by a visiting alien UFO or transported to another world via an outer space wormhole.

Laughable to many, but you have to admit that as the days tick by and no conclusive reports on the airplane's fate have been released, the incident is starting to look a lot like an X-Files case. 

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