There is a 50-50 chance that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is sitting on a runway in a remote location, according to aviation expert Mike Boyd, president of Boyd Group International.
"Somebody wanted that airplane. If they wanted to crash the airplane they could have done it and made a big splash in the media," Boyd told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"They wanted that airplane … a long-range airplane to do something with it later on. So right now the ball, or the plane, is in their court, not in ours."
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The flight, which left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday with 239 people aboard, vanished from the radar screen as it flew over water — and authorities say it was deliberately diverted.
The jet's two pilots are now being eyed as possibly being involved in the disappearance.
"It was taken over or it was misdirected by the crew. There's no question about that anymore."
Boyd said there are plenty of remote landing strips that could have been used.
"You'd need a runway probably about 6,000, 7,000 feet … And if it's an empty airplane with a full load of fuel … they might be able to get it off the ground and go where they want to go with it," he said.
"[But] they turned off the transponder and other equipment so we really don't know where they could have gone, but we know they went some place."
One theory — that a country was in on the disappearance and is secretly hiding the jet — could "certainly" be valid, Boyd believes.
"We don't know how many abandoned strips there are in Indonesia, for example, but they're out there and that could happen," he said.
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