It doesn't take long for a ship or airplane to be missing before the vessel-sucking Bermuda Triangle comes up. That's the kind of theory already floating around to explain the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly a week ago.
The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared, according to History.com
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flight left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. last Saturday in good weather and was expected to reach Beijing at 6:30 a.m., according to CNN
. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane around 1:30 a.m. Searches for the plane since have come up empty.
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"It was inevitable that the disappearance would evoke comparisons to the infamous supposed patch of water into which ships and planes are said to vanish without a trace," wrote Benjamin Radford of LiveScience.com
. "Several days ago, a Malaysian politician tweeted, 'New Bermuda Triangle detected in Vietnam waters, well-equipped sophisticated devices are of no use!' This outraged many people, who deemed his comments insensitive, and he later apologized."
According to LiveScience.com, author Larry Kusche debunked the Bermuda Triangle in his 1972 book "The Bermuda Triangle Mystery – Solved," where he found that there was little truth to the stories of missing planes and ships in the area.
The Christian Science Monitor reported
Monday that Chinese and Malaysian officials rejected another conspiracy theory that Uighur separatists took down the plane with a missile in retaliation against China.
The Monitor said the Chinese blamed Uighur Islamic extremists for a deadly knife attack in the Kunming that killed 33 people and injured more than 100.
"I am afraid the incident was launched by Xinjiang people," @Chen Lei wrote on China's social media platform Tencent, according to the Christian Science Monitor. "It is time to investigate Xinjiang and kill those who should be killed."
Another theory that was floated online, particularly on Reddit Conspiracy, is that the plane had enough fuel to land in North Korea, where everything from the media to airline workers are tightly controlled, making it easy to keep the plane's arrival a secret, according to the New York Daily News
CNN on Friday morning
was pushing the theory that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 landed in a remote Indian Ocean island chain – citing Reuters which was citing unidentified sources familiar with the investigation that whoever was piloting the vanished jet was following navigational waypoints that would have taken the plane over the Andaman Islands.
CNN also reported that a senior U.S. official told it "there is probably a significant likelihood" the plane is on the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
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