Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Missing Plane
I'm sure I'm not the only one who's completely captivated by the story of the missing airplane. Dave makes fun of me because I'm so riveted by it. I have to check the updates a couple of times a day to see if it's been found.
I mean, how can a modern jetliner full of people just disappear, in an age of satellite communication and radar? It's mind-boggling. I would have thought that planes carry some kind of tracking device that can't be switched off -- a GPS locator -- and to think that merely turning off a transponder essentially renders a plane invisible is incredible.
I have no doubt the plane has crashed. If not, we would have heard something by now. But where it could be is a mystery indeed. It is a very bizarre story, with all the mystique of the Flying Dutchman.
Then there's the issue of the guys flying on stolen passports. I never would have imagined it would be so easy, anywhere, to board a plane with a stolen passport. The fraudulent passengers appear to be victims like everyone else, and indeed a plane between Malaysia and China doesn't seem to be a ripe target for terrorism. But who knows?
What do you think is going on?
(Photo: Kensington High Street, on March 1.)