The first was the admission that on day six, investigators feel they are no closer to knowing where to go to find the missing Boeing 777. In a spoof on Twitter, @raykwong shared this photo of the ever expanding search area.
In reality, only the South China Sea, the Gulf of Thailand, the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean are being searched for the plane and its 239 occupants. Twenty seven thousand square miles and that's big enough, thank you.
|The missing airplane in Los Angeles courtesy Jay Davis|
When the waving arm of one journalist was finally recognized, his question was more rant than request. "I'm not hearing from Boeing, I'm not hearing from Rolls-Royce," he said. I don't think that's transparent. I don't think you are being transparent.
Due to the National Transportation Safety Board's policy of revealing information as it is learned, people around the world have come to expect that American-style of tell-all briefings. In fact, the USA goes beyond what the International Civil Aviation Organization's Annex 13 recommends as a standard practice. I've already written about whether its realistic to expect to keep secrets in an event as high profile as an airline accident.
News abhors a vacuum and in the absence of information in what is certainly the most mystifying event since the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, that vacuum will be filled -- facts be damned.
The most fantastic scenario I read so far is the suggestion that the plane was commandeered by bad guys (who might or might not be the pilots) and flown to some remote airfield with plans to use the plane again for another nefarious purpose. Another story is Reuters "exclusive" that the plane was under the command of a sophisticated pilot who cleverly threaded the plane in between navigational way points in order to remain undetected.
Well undetected Malaysia Flight 370 remains as of this writing. Which brings me to the second interesting statement made at today's press conference.
"A normal investigation becomes narrower with time," acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein said. "This is not a normal investigation."
No one here in Kuala Lumpur will dispute that.