Diego Garcia Island: The Location of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 02:59 PM

By Nick Sanchez

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Diego Garcia Island, an atoll in the Indian Ocean roughly half way between Australia and Africa, is at the center of a new conspiracy theory surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has been missing since March 8.

According to Emirates 24/7, a photo and message allegedly written by the only American passenger on the flight, Philip Wood, was posted to the popular website 4Chan on March 18 pleading for help.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

The full message read, "I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my [expletive] during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly."

The message also included GPS coordinates that point to Diego Garcia Island, a United States military base home to 1,700 military personnel and 1,500 civilian contractors.

The theory appears to have been popularized by freelance journalist Jim Stone, who posted the photo and message to his blog, which he later admitted he found on 4Chan. 4Chan has been the birthplace of many hoaxes, which casts doubt on the authenticity of the message.

As the international search for Flight 370 continues Monday, authorities in multiple countries have recently picked up a "ping" signal from what they say could be the airplane's black box. Time is running out to find the exact location of the ping, however, as the batteries on a plane's black box usually last 35 days at most.

High-tech underwater drones as well as human-steered submarines are currently exploring the area where they believe the pings are coming from. It's estimated the pings are 2.8 miles underwater in one of the deepest parts of the Indian Ocean.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Dustin Diamond Arrested for 'Reckless' Behavior in Bar Stabbing

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:13 PM

Actor Dustin Diamond - known as Screech on "Saved by the Bell" - was arrested in Wisconsin on Friday morning, charged wi . . .

Egypt Bans 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Due to 'Historical Inaccuracies'

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 15:48 PM

Egypt has banned Hollywood's latest biblical movie, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," because of "historical inaccuracies." . . .

Passenger Kicked Off: 'Merry Christmas' Wish Irritates Flier

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 15:07 PM

An American Airlines passenger was kicked off a flight from New York to Dallas Tuesday after he threw a fit when several . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved