Patrick Buchanan believes terrorists hijacked Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and planned to crash it into the 88-floor Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur — staging a "mini 9/11."
"Every terrorist act that I can recall goes out in a blaze of what they think is glory," Buchanan, a veteran political commentator and former presidential candidate, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"The most spectacular thing they could go for with a plane flying out of Malaysia, if they didn't go to Beijing and do something to the Chinese, would be to turn it around and fly it back into those towers, which are bigger than the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan."
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Buchanan said if Flight 370 had not plunged into the southern Indian Ocean, as was revealed this week, a crash into the Petronas buildings would have been "a mini 9/11."
"If you are mad or a terrorist and you want to go out and kill 230 people and have your name known to the world, that would be my speculation of what somebody tried to do," he said. "My guess is that, and again this is total guesswork, that the individual that wanted to turn that plane around and go out on a blaze of glory was somehow stopped by someone."
Investigators are attempting to determine who was responsible for diverting the Beijing-bound jet, which turned its radar off, changed direction, and flew for hours before crashing into the sea.
They believe the flight's two pilots may have been involved in the plot — but just what the overall goal was remains a mystery.
"If you hijack a plane, you’re going to do one of two things. You're going to land it somewhere, or you're going to wind up dead. Now, if you're going to wind up dead, what do you want to do with it?" Buchanan said. "You want to obviously do something dramatic that [by doing it] you will be known."
The Petronas Twin Towers were the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004, when they were surpassed by Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which stands at 101 floors tall.
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