Editor’s Note: As of this morning it is being reported that dead bodies have been recovered from the water and identified as passenger of the AirAsia flight. This article was written before those details emerged. However, the new information does not eliminate the possibility of terrorism.
Call me an Islamophobe, but when I research the pilot from the missing flight QZ8501, Captain Iriyanto, I access the local news in Indonesian, not in English. There I find out that the pilot of the missing flight QZ8501 and like the pilot on the other missing flight MH370 are both devout Muslims, I get somewhat paranoid. Translating from Indonesian I find the following:
“Iriyanto was also active in the community as a board member and chairman of the mosque at his residence in Pondok Jati Block BC 12 Village Pagerwojo, Buduran, Sidoarjo.”
“In addition to serving as Chairman of RT 39, Iriyanto also served as a board leader of Masjid Nurul Yaqin, which is located in the housing complex.”
“He was also diligent in worship. When everyone was at home, he would certainly be seen praying in congregation in the mosque.”
From Indonesian sources, I also find out that “Before Iriyanto applied for early retirement and became a commercial airline pilot he had been a pilot in the Air Force who served in the squadron Iswahyudi Airport, Madiun, East Java flying fighter Hawk MK 50 and F-5.”
Iriyanato “performed operational tasks from 1983 up until 1992.” It was such fighter jets from Indonesia that were used over East Timor and were operational till September of 1999 killing some 200,000 mostly Christian Timorese out of a total population of 600,000 which has been winked at by western powers and today western media said nothing about this pilot’s involvements?
Being just paranoid and pilots just being very devout Muslims is not 100% conclusive evidence, but when one adds the scenarios of past history, it changes things. When the first plane hit the first tower on 9-11, the TV said “it was a terrible accident” and in march Flight MH370 vanished and they also said that this was a “terrible accident,” yet when the second plane hit the other tower, the TV instantly said that, “it was definitely a terrorist attack” and now that when flight QZ8501 also vanished should not our paranoia and phobia levels be a bit up to think that “Muslim terrorists” are playing their favorite deadly pranks again?
If the United States acknowledged that civilian jets can be and were used as missiles, so for me to propose that these two jet planes were hijacked for a future “missiles hitting buildings” operation shouldn’t lightly be dismissed just because I am an Islamophobe.
While no one at this time can provide conclusive evidence to support such a theory, but history shows it is not far-fetched, being paranoid at times is better than being skeptic. Flight QZ8501, while the media focused on the differences with MH370, the similar patterns gives even more reasons for concern, especially when we factor the law of probabilities; Firstly there was sabotage on both flights. Secondly, both flights veered dramatically from the flight course.
BOTH FLIGHTS HAD HIGH POSSIBILITY OF SABOTAGE
A former Boeing 777 pilot has claimed missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 could have only veered off course due to sabotage.
“Is it a coincidence that this track managed to avoid Indonesian, Thai and then Indian military radar?” the Boeing 777 pilot said.
He also stipulates for air traffic control to lose secondary radar contact with MH370 someone would have had to interfere with the systems.
“The B777 has 80 computers and, except for two engines, nearly every system on board is triplicated to ensure a practically fail safe operation, for example three radios, three radar transponders (linked to Air Traffic Control), three autopilots, three flight management computers and a failure of one will result in transfer, usually automatically, to another. This means for ATC to lose secondary radar contact with MH370 someone had to deactivate all three by manually selecting them to go off,” he explained.
He also dispelled any electrical failure and “An explosion by the two passengers shows no debris” or “a mid-air crash.”
The Malaysian prime minister said they now believe “deliberate action” was taken to alter the direction of the aircraft. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said authorities now believe the plane’s communications systems were deliberately disabled. He said: “Based on new satellite communication we can say with a high degree of certainty that the aircraft communication addressing system was disabled just before the aircraft reached the east coast of Malaysia.”
In both flights there still should have been a distress call, yet neither flight gave any.
BOTH FLIGHTS SENT NO DISTRESS SIGNALS
Air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, did not receive a distress signal from flight MH370. Neither the pilot nor his co-pilot made any attempt to indicate there was a problem.
The jet could be tracked one second, and was gone the next. A leading aviation safety expert said he found it “extraordinary” that there is no record of a distress call.
The plane would have been cruising at about 35,000 feet when it lost contact, giving the pilots “plenty of time” to report any technical problems, Flight Global’s operations and safety editor David Learmount said.
“Something happened and the pilots did not tell anyone. Why? It’s a good question,” he said.
“It’s extraordinary the pilots failed to call because they had plenty of time to. Unless there was a bomb on board but there has been no evidence of that.”
Police also searched the home of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, confirming that they found, dismantled and removed a flight simulator from the property.
Malaysian authorities have revealed that the jet climbed from the Boeing 777’s approved cruising altitude of 35,000 ft to a height of 45,000 ft.
Radar signals showed the plane then descended to 23,000 ft before climbing again and flying towards the Indian Ocean.
Officials say only someone with “significant flying experience” could have done this, but why would they unless it is a plot to evade radar coverage?
BOTH FLIGHTS WERE VEERING OFF COURSE
Now we have one of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time, MH370 disappeared, the plane’s identifying transponders appeared to be intentionally shut off, its pilots stopped making radio transmissions and the airliner made a mysterious turn before possibly traveling for hours until all traces vanished. While the media speaks of the differences between both flights, so far we have even more serious similarities. The chances of both flights from the same area, both flights had Muslim pilots, both flights have a high possibility of turning off transponders, both flights veering off course and both flights had no trace and both flights making no distress signals makes the probabilities of an accident less likely and the probabilities of foul play likely. For unknown reasons to this day, this particular Boeing 777 veered off its original flight path and did not send any distress signal, similar to flight QZ8501.
Uncertainly over the fate of MH370 was further compounded by reports that two men whose names matched those on the passenger manifest had reported their passports stolen. An Austrian and an Italian passport, separate incidents yet the “Two people who boarded Flight 370 using stolen passports appear to have bought their tickets together, records show” as confirmed by Interpol.
The Italian who was believed to have been on board, 37-year-old Luigi Maraldi has since been pictured alive and well in Thailand and the Austrian, 30-year-old Christian Kozel has also been confirmed as alive and well and back home in Austria. So where are any photos of the two who registered on flight MH370? The pressure cooker bombers had their photos published by the FBI and so far no one is showing a single photo of two individuals who entered flight MH370 using false passports? Someone connected these two passports stolen from two different occasions registering together is highly suspicious and adds to our probabilities.
And if the plane is in deep sea, why is it that at least one relative of a Chinese passenger on board the missing flight has successfully been able to ring his mobile phone – but nobody answers?
It has emerged that phones taken on board flight MH370 are still ringing FOUR DAYS after the plane’s disappearance.
But it is not only one Chinese who got a ring-tone, reports suggest as many as 19 families have managed to call phones of their missing loved ones. But it’s not only 19 Chinese who were able to get a ring tone, even the airline itself has got through to some of the missing crew’s handsets.
According to Chinese media, the 19 families have signed a joint statement confirming they made calls which connected to the missing passengers but without an answer.
In addition a Malaysia Airlines official confirmed that they too had tried to get in touch with cell phones of missing crew members, but again without a response.
The sister of Chinese man among the 239 people feared dead on flight MH370 even rang his phone live on TV.
BOTH FLIGHTS ARE PROBABLY HIGHJACKED
Some argue that unanswered mobile phones suggesting that flight MH370 might have been hijacked by terrorists and forced to land as “absurd” since the pilots never made any announcements. But can anyone rule out 100% the possibility that pilots could have cooperated with a hijack operation or that terrorists jumped in when the cockpit was open for bathroom relief and took over the cockpit? No.
Some would argue that if such planes were intended to be used as missiles, why didn’t the supposed terrorists have done so immediately? But such an operation on a day of a missing jet would have every city on the lookout since 9/11 has proven the necessity to bring down such planes by sending fighter jets. If terrorists intend to repeat 9/11, they would have to be more stealth and carry out their mission when no one is focused on these missing jets.
Both flights had a Muslim pilot and both from the same Muslim country of Indonesia. If QZ8501 is also not found quickly then we have a major problem and while some expound on differences, yet others do focus on similarities. Is it impossible that the pilots are in on the gig?
Has anyone resolved the two-minute phone call to Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah shortly before take-off may shed light onto the lingering mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines plane?
One of the last phone calls made to or from Zaharie’s phone before flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur 16 days ago was from a mobile number obtained under a false identity as reported by The Daily Mail.
Investigators are taking the new discovery seriously because when registering a pay-as-you-go SIM card in Malaysia, a passport number or identity must be given.
The fact that the particular number had been bought “very recently” under a woman’s name using a false identity has raised serious suspicions among investigators.
The revelation raises questions of possible ties between Captain Zaharie, 53, and terror groups who routinely use untraceable SIM cards.
Authorities have highlighted the fact that registered number under a non-existent ID does not necessarily point to a criminal or terrorist connection.
It was revealed that the veteran pilot was a passionate supporter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was also a distant relative.
However, when an imam Ahmad Sarafi Ali Asrah, the head of the mosque in Mr Hamid’s neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur said he knew the co-pilot well stressed the 27-year-old was a “good boy, a good Muslim, humble and quiet” it even concerns me more since I have been at the forefront in showing the reverse is true, that when Muslim leaders and imams talk they are simply telling a fib. I finally even wrote a book showing hundreds of Muslims practicing the habit saying the reverse of the truth and is why I wrote The Case For Islamophobia.
So what are the probabilities to have two flights from the same area which had Muslim pilots which both communications were sabotaged which both veered off course which both lost radar tracking which both cannot be found yet both are simply “accidents”? Anyone who would doubt must first ask; was 911 an accident?
Based on the size of the plane, there are 634 places where the aircraft could have landed. They spread as far north as Pakistan, and as far south as the west coast of Australia and Japan.
Perhaps they should be searching these locations instead of the sea.
Walid Shoebat is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was converted to Christianity, and author of the book, God’s War on Terror.
Courtesy of Freedom Outpost.