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(Boston.com)   Mysterious disappearance of Malaysian airline gets slightly less mysterious as worker on an oil rig platform of the coast of Vietnam sends an e-mail to his bosses saying he saw a flaming jetliner plunge into the sea   (boston.com) divider line 206
    More: Interesting, Malaysia, Vietnam, Malaysia Airlines, jetliner, DigitalGlobe, Judy Woodruff, South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand  
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2014-03-12 01:53:39 PM  

abhorrent1: A hotmail address to a gmail address? It's an oil company. They can't afford company email addresses?

Fake


I could totally believe a company would cheap it up by having their employees (at least the peons) use free email. Still doesn't mean it's legit, of course.
 
2014-03-12 01:54:25 PM  
www.netanimations.net
 
2014-03-12 01:55:32 PM  

PreMortem: Why would aliens stage a catastrophy? No good reason.


I present for your pleasure:
 
2014-03-12 01:55:42 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-12 01:56:50 PM  

gaslight: Well, a plane breaking apart at tens of thousands of feet in the sky, travelling at hundreds of miles per hour would result in confetti.


richstokoe.com
 
2014-03-12 01:57:48 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: gaslight: Well, a plane breaking apart at tens of thousands of feet in the sky, travelling at hundreds of miles per hour would result in confetti. The forces at work on the aluminum, steel, carbon fibre and plastic would likely spread the débris over a large area and in many small pieces. It may well be that the area was searched before but the pieces were too small to have been spotted from the air.

Anyone remember how a fuel tank spark destroyed a plane flying from New York to Paris a few years ago? It may have been as "simple" as that.

Many large pieces made it to the sea more or less intact. Similarly the shuttle was traveling at 17,000 MPH and reentering the atmosphere when it left many large and heavy pieces intact to hit Texas. Something made it down, something is floating. Carry on the mystery.


No doubt. Rocket fuel is going to eat debris way faster than jet fuel on the way down.
There would have to be something floating in the sea.
Unless those fart-sponge seat cushions exploded too.
 
2014-03-12 01:57:57 PM  
I just saw a flying squirrel.
 
2014-03-12 01:58:00 PM  

raatz01: I like how "investigative journalists" now just tweet a picture with a "could be a hoax, how am I supposed to know?" note and walk away.


Journalism used to be a thing that people did to find out facts and stuff.  Now they just google a few key words and add "According to a LinkedIn profile with the suspect's name" to the front of whatever they are saying, so that they are ethically protected in case they got the story completely wrong.


\\ I wish I was making up the LinkedIn line
 
2014-03-12 01:58:14 PM  
Cute girls might be to blame for the missing plane (warning chinese dub over for a few seconds)   http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=131_1394631622
 
2014-03-12 01:58:33 PM  

telejester: PreMortem: Why would aliens stage a catastrophy? No good reason.

Ruby Thewes can spell better than you.


I've conceded my spelling to my phone, which underlines in red any misspelled words. It did not. Your argument is invalid.
 
2014-03-12 01:59:07 PM  

ZzeusS: Paris1127: joshiz: How hard is it to plot the coordinates that are right there in the email on a Google Map and post a screenshot in the article?

Here, let me google map that for you:
[i.imgur.com image 850x528]

That's... awfully close to the Spratly Islands. You know, the islands China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines all claim.

If the Chinese shot it down, that's going to be your WW3 right there.  Not this Russian business.

Although it was mostly their own people, so it could be a wash.

Now if someone else shot it down...


Like the rumor that it was hijacked by the co-pilot, and the Malaysian military has known where it is all along because  they shot it down?
 
2014-03-12 01:59:23 PM  
cherylrhoads.typepad.com

That was a hoax...right?
 
2014-03-12 02:00:32 PM  
It could have merely been a streetlight.  They have been known to pop and catch fire.
 
2014-03-12 02:02:54 PM  

geoduck42: abhorrent1: A hotmail address to a gmail address? It's an oil company. They can't afford company email addresses?

Fake

I could totally believe a company would cheap it up by having their employees (at least the peons) use free email. Still doesn't mean it's legit, of course.


I have in my address book several Vietnamese government employees who are using hotmail or yahoo accounts for work email, so it's not that big a stretch that employees of a Vietnamese oil company might do the same. Not that this means it's real, but it is at least believable.
 
2014-03-12 02:03:08 PM  

PreMortem: telejester: PreMortem: Why would aliens stage a catastrophy? No good reason.

Ruby Thewes can spell better than you.

I've conceded my spelling to my phone, which underlines in red any misspelled words. It did not. Your argument is invalid.


I beg to differ:

I can spell it, too. Learned it the same place you did, in the school room. One of the first words they taught me. "Ruby Thewes, you are a c-a-t-a-s-t-r-o-p-h-e!"

 
2014-03-12 02:03:14 PM  
As of this morining's news it was stated, "you would be surprised what people think they saw, when there was an outside chance they might have."

In other words, this dude totally didn't see anything and made it up to get his name in the paper.  Which really makes him quite the asshole, if it's true.  It would mean that search resources were chasing a wild goose, thereby delaying the whole procedure.
 
2014-03-12 02:03:41 PM  

WelldeadLink: gaslight: Well, a plane breaking apart at tens of thousands of feet in the sky, travelling at hundreds of miles per hour would result in confetti.

[richstokoe.com image 674x419]


There is no reason on Gods green earf that plane should have landed intact.  It's as close to a miracle as I've ever seen.
 
2014-03-12 02:05:02 PM  
Subject: Weekly update

Dear Boss Guy,

I cleaned out the intake like you wanted. Everything is running smoothly.

Sum Yung Dude

PS: We are almost out of coffee
PPS: I saw a flaming plane crash into the ocean
 
2014-03-12 02:05:10 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: It could be a hoax, yes, Bob, you magnificent expert on all things.  Or not.  So send a goddamn plane out to the coordinates he described, adjusted for currents, and see what you see.

Seriously - who do they have looking for this thing?  Mr. Magoo?


Well, reporters have to be extra cautious when information hasn't been verified. I mean, nobody wants another situation like Election Night 2000.
 
2014-03-12 02:05:59 PM  
CIA Director claims it could have been anything.  *note to self "Did we do this?"
 
2014-03-12 02:07:07 PM  
That link to search through sat images to try and help find it is pretty cool.
 
2014-03-12 02:07:59 PM  
The Langoliers finally caught up to them.
 
2014-03-12 02:10:22 PM  
Bob Woodruff @BobWoodruff 5h
.@ABC spoke with Richard Beaton w/Japanese Idemitsu Oil & Gas Co who hired Songa Mercur to drill & confirms email of Michael Mckay is real

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Looks like it being a hoax just got a lot less likely.

From his twitter page:

https://twitter.com/BobWoodruff
 
2014-03-12 02:10:31 PM  

rynthetyn: I have in my address book several Vietnamese government employees who are using hotmail or yahoo accounts for work email, so it's not that big a stretch that employees of a Vietnamese oil company might do the same.


I have corresponded with a prince and several former government officials from Nigeria who use Hotmail.
 
2014-03-12 02:10:43 PM  
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2014-03-12 02:12:59 PM  
I keep thinking that this is going to turn out like the Egyptair 777 that caught fire on the ground.  Electronics caught fire, copilots oxygen supply feeds fire, fire extinguisher is insufficient to put fire out.  Radio and transponder get shut off to try to control the fire or they burn up.  On the ground you can evacuate.  In the air, you, well, can't use oxygen in the cockpit where the fire is, but you've got a fire burning through the skin of the plane, eventually depressurizing, meanwhile inherent stability keeps the plane in the air even without the autopilot until it starts getting pulled apart when the burn hole gets big enough.  See AvHerald's article for more info.

I tried to finish with a joke but I just can't.  Sorry FARK.  I disappoint.
 
2014-03-12 02:13:19 PM  

jaytkay: rynthetyn: I have in my address book several Vietnamese government employees who are using hotmail or yahoo accounts for work email, so it's not that big a stretch that employees of a Vietnamese oil company might do the same.

I have corresponded with a prince and several former government officials from Nigeria who use Hotmail.


 These are people I know in real life.
 
2014-03-12 02:16:18 PM  
Pics or it didn't happen.
 
2014-03-12 02:17:56 PM  

telejester: PreMortem: telejester: PreMortem: Why would aliens stage a catastrophy? No good reason.

Ruby Thewes can spell better than you.

I've conceded my spelling to my phone, which underlines in red any misspelled words. It did not. Your argument is invalid.

I beg to differ:

I can spell it, two. Learned it the same plaice you did, in the school room. One of the first words they tort me. "Ruby Thewes, you are a c-a-t-a-s-t-r-o-p-h-e!"


FTFY and the red squiggly lines.
 
2014-03-12 02:17:59 PM  

nekom: nekom: and nowhere near on course.

Actually, I take that one back.  From the distance he described it at it's relatively close to where it should have been.

Also, talk about a thorough witness report!  The guy appeared to know his stuff and included everything he could think of that might possibly be relevant to the investigation.


The part about bearing ranges...this oil rig worker sounds as if he's from a sailing or fishing family and knows his pilotage/navigation to have a) noted this and b) included it in his report.

Frankly, I have those skills and if I was on an oil rig of the fixed kind, I would orient myself by knowing the offset in degrees of the four quarters of the platform, just so I could ballpark the bearings and apparent headings of things approaching by land and sea. And it's not ridiculous that an oil rig worker would have sailing or boat experience; my last boat partner was...wait for it...a passenger jet pilot. We discussed the Venn diagram of boats and planes a lot.
 
2014-03-12 02:18:00 PM  
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I say let them crash!
 
2014-03-12 02:18:56 PM  
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2014-03-12 02:19:04 PM  

Sticky Hands: Like the rumor that it was hijacked by the co-pilot, and the Malaysian military has known where it is all along because they shot it down?


That would be a better "look" for the Malaysian military compared to whatever the hell they've been doing since.

Maybe I'm conflating some of the earlier hoaxes/unconfirmed reports and being too hard on them as a result, but a 6 year old drawing lines on an etch-o-sketch would produce more consistent flight paths, coordinates, and basic narratives than they've produced.
 
2014-03-12 02:19:14 PM  

scotchlandia: I just saw a flying squirrel.


Now is not the time for kooky Canadian UFO conspiracies
 
2014-03-12 02:19:29 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: It could be a hoax, yes, Bob, you magnificent expert on all things.  Or not.  So send a goddamn plane out to the coordinates he described, adjusted for currents, and see what you see.

Seriously - who do they have looking for this thing?  Mr. Magoo?


You find it

www.dailygalaxy.com
 
2014-03-12 02:20:21 PM  

brap: People try to gain fame by hoax-reporting flaming airlines crashing into the sea?  What sort of vile pond scum would do that?  Is this some sort of dick enlargement metaphor?


Magorn: nekom: vpb: It could easily be a hoax.  Internet hoaxers have gotten good at paying attention to detail.

If it is a hoax (and it well could be) it was very well executed.  Everything seems to add up, at least at first glance.

The company has confirmed the email is genuine, but apparently the area described has been searched
without success so far



Even if its reported, doesn't mean its automatically for real:


i.cdn.turner.com
 
2014-03-12 02:20:28 PM  
That's what they want you to think.

i57.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-12 02:20:44 PM  

fireclown: WelldeadLink: gaslight: Well, a plane breaking apart at tens of thousands of feet in the sky, travelling at hundreds of miles per hour would result in confetti.

[richstokoe.com image 674x419]

There is no reason on Gods green earf that plane should have landed intact.  It's as close to a miracle as I've ever seen.


See that and raise you
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-12 02:21:28 PM  

Datanerd: I keep thinking that this is going to turn out like the Egyptair 777 that caught fire on the ground.  Electronics caught fire, copilots oxygen supply feeds fire, fire extinguisher is insufficient to put fire out.  Radio and transponder get shut off to try to control the fire or they burn up.  On the ground you can evacuate.  In the air, you, well, can't use oxygen in the cockpit where the fire is, but you've got a fire burning through the skin of the plane, eventually depressurizing, meanwhile inherent stability keeps the plane in the air even without the autopilot until it starts getting pulled apart when the burn hole gets big enough.  See AvHerald's article for more info.

I tried to finish with a joke but I just can't.  Sorry FARK.  I disappoint.


That's an idea -- though you'd think in the case of a cockpit fire, it wouldn't last long enough for the jet to go so far off-course. I can see not being able to radio for help (too busy fighting, and being overcome by the fire, and it could have destroyed enough equipment to making a radio call impossible) but you'd think there'd be debris somewhere near the last known location. Looking at that article, and the amount of damage the fire did to the EgyptAir plane in three minutes -- there's no way the Malaysian plane would have been able to stay in the air for very long.
 
2014-03-12 02:22:23 PM  

abhorrent1: A hotmail address to a gmail address? It's an oil company. They can't afford company email addresses?

Fake


THIS. It's not like this guy is the Governor of Alaska.
 
2014-03-12 02:22:28 PM  

DetrimentalScience: Bob Woodruff @BobWoodruff 5h
.@ABC spoke with Richard Beaton w/Japanese Idemitsu Oil & Gas Co who hired Songa Mercur to drill & confirms email of Michael Mckay is real

Expand


Looks like it being a hoax just got a lot less likely.

From his twitter page:

https://twitter.com/BobWoodruff


He also says it was not moving laterally, and he could not judge the distance. So it might be dozens of miles from that location, but less than 200 miles. Still a large area for a search.
 
2014-03-12 02:22:34 PM  
klipd.com
 
2014-03-12 02:23:32 PM  

Datanerd: I keep thinking that this is going to turn out like the Egyptair 777 that caught fire on the ground.  Electronics caught fire, copilots oxygen supply feeds fire, fire extinguisher is insufficient to put fire out.  Radio and transponder get shut off to try to control the fire or they burn up.  On the ground you can evacuate.  In the air, you, well, can't use oxygen in the cockpit where the fire is, but you've got a fire burning through the skin of the plane, eventually depressurizing, meanwhile inherent stability keeps the plane in the air even without the autopilot until it starts getting pulled apart when the burn hole gets big enough.  See AvHerald's article for more info.

I tried to finish with a joke but I just can't.  Sorry FARK.  I disappoint.


Like SwissAir 111, you mean?

Damn, I seem to have a good memory for flying, then plummeting, tragedy.
 
2014-03-12 02:28:15 PM  

abhorrent1: A hotmail address to a gmail address? It's an oil company. They can't afford company email addresses?

Fake


I set it up so that all my company email gets forwarded to a gmail account. It looks like it comes from my company email when I send but I'm sending it via gmail. (This is different than my company using a gmail server, btw. They use Outlook.)
 
2014-03-12 02:28:28 PM  

Anayalator: You find it

[www.dailygalaxy.com image 400x300]


i236.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-12 02:29:12 PM  

balki1867: raatz01: I like how "investigative journalists" now just tweet a picture with a "could be a hoax, how am I supposed to know?" note and walk away.

Journalism used to be a thing that people did to find out facts and stuff.  Now they just google a few key words and add "According to a LinkedIn profile with the suspect's name" to the front of whatever they are saying, so that they are ethically protected in case they got the story completely wrong.


\\ I wish I was making up the LinkedIn line


It's because news moves incredibly fast today. News agencies are so desperate to be the first to break a story that they'll throw any and all questionable leads up there with the hope that one is factual.
 
2014-03-12 02:31:54 PM  
I'm the first to report a meteor hit the plane in the perfect spot to avoid explosion but take it down.
 
2014-03-12 02:33:13 PM  
He'd have let us know sooner, but he's been trying to answer all those ringing phones at the crash site.
 
2014-03-12 02:34:58 PM  
Ain't sayin' shiat

www.indyprops.com
Seriously... nobody yet?
 
2014-03-12 02:36:09 PM  
Including your name and passport number seem an odd thing to do if you're hoaxing, given that any New Zealand official can authenticate it or not in 20 seconds.
 
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