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malaysian airlines flight 370




It is a record of those things
we pray to be delivered from.
The Proposition (film)


What we learn from Guinness World Records is that unfulfilled people will go to incredible lengths (risking life not excluded) to acquire, however fleetingly, fame and celebrity.

This same twisted mindset informs men who dream of committing the perfect murder for no other reason than getting away with it. The challenge of the perfect murder is how to dispose of the body, the incriminating evidence. Murdered bodies have been weighted with cement and dropped into rivers, lakes and oceans, and burned to ash and buried in the most secretive places, and dissolved in potent mixes of chemicals and acids. No body, no murder = the perfect murder.

So why not the perfect plane crash? Let’s hypothesize that MH370’ pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shahin, now 53-years-old, is in the midst of andropause (the male equivalent of menopause), and can’t deal with being, pace the Paul McCartney lyric, “half the man 'he' used to be.” Battling depression but in denial, he suddenly becomes excited by the idea of authoring the world’s first perfect crash of a jetliner -- the perfect fix his depression can’t refuse.

On his flight simulator at home, he learns how to disable the data-reporting systems and transponder. He determines that the optimal place to disappear the plane is the deepest part of the Indian ocean. Prior to that, he knows he has to erase all incriminating evidence from his simulator’s hard drive, and once air-borne dispose of his co-pilot. Since getting rid of the body (the plane) is the key to committing and getting away with the perfect crash, he calculates the slowest speed his Boeing 777ER plane can fly without crashing and then gently eases (angles) it into the water so it sinks sealed and whole: no wreckage, no debris. Anticipating a cabin crew member or passenger attempting to escape the plane going under, he has already figured out how to either jam the exit doors, or, earlier, and more likely, at 45,000 feet, permanently decommission all the passengers and crew. Everything goes to plan. The plane is never found.

The perfect crash.



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