Stealing the spotlight from the potential for a second Cold War is an incredible feat, but Flight 370 managed to do just that Saturday, March 8. The Boeing 777 departed Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 12:41 A.M. and was scheduled to land in Beijing, China at 6:30 that morning. However, less than an hour into the flight, air traffic control lost all contact with the aircraft. The Malaysian government, assisted by officials from the passengers’ 14 home countries, has been frantically combing the plane’s supposed flight path.
As family members of the missing travelers demand answers and those following the developing story make comparisons to J.J. Abrams’ hit-television series Lost, Caitlin Dickson of The Daily Beast compiled a list of the top eight conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance.
After reading the article, which includes plausible explanations like a terrorist hijacking and Uighur militant attack and implausible ones such as an invisibility cloak and alien abduction, I cannot help but become more invested in the story with every new proposal.
Pieces like the Flight 370 disappearance, while tragic for those involved, actually benefit society at large. They provide ample material with which journalists can toy and garner the public’s interest in current events. Americans are notorious for being uninformed, and enticing stories such as this hold their attention.
While the clues come together, authorities deemed a hijacking the solution to the mystery on Saturday, March 15, the world will hold onto every word, and hopefully learn a little more about Russia and Ukraine in the process.