Conflict & Tragedy
Family to CNN: Military involved in missing Malaysia flight; jet intact, passengers alive (Video)
“I think the first couple of days were just excruciating, they just ripped me apart and then we had several weeks of misleads and misinformation that constantly changed. But in this last week, I think I have come to a realization that um, I’m sure that the flight is still intact and the passengers are still alive because the sequence of information that we’ve been given actually all points to that.”
Those words were spoken to CNN Friday by Sarah Bajc, girlfriend of Phillip Wood, an IBM executive from Texas who is one of the three Americans among the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, now missing for almost a month.
She told Erin Burnett, host of “OutFront” that she has now “stabilized” after being deeply distraught over her partner and now believes the plane to be intact with passengers still alive.
Speaking via Skype from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Bajc said that after weeks of conflicting information, she and other family members of the mysteriously vanished jet firmly believe they were lied to by Malaysian authorities.
Bajc also made some other serious allegations, pointing to the Malaysian military, the US and other nations possibly being involved with the disappeared flight.
“They [Malaysian government] always give two sides of the argument in any statement, which contradicts each other,” said Bajc. “But the one really unanswered question is this basic fact or reality is that airplane flew for a very long time over Malaysian airspace. So how long exactly, I’m not sure but if it’s half an hour or 45 minutes … you’ve got a 777, an unidentified object that theoretically has no communication with the ground, flying over their airspace and they’re saying that their military just didn’t see it or that they didn’t think it was a threat. I don’t believe that.”
Bajc, who lives in Beijing, added that Malaysia military has one of the most sophisticated radar systems in that part of the world, which means they were “clearly hiding something.”
She not only believes the Malaysian government is hiding what happened but thinks other governments may be involved, including the US.
When asked why she believed there was a cover-up, Bajc replied, “I think they are doing that to hide what really happened to the plane. Now whether that’s purely a Malaysian activity or other countries are involved, I don’t know … I really don’t know how or why they pulled it off but I refuse to believe the Malaysian military ignored a 777 in their airspace.”
She said that after a briefing with the Malaysian authorities and families of the missing passengers, where they avoided answering important questions, she learned something she had never heard before. One young man insisted that he knew of people who had evidence that the MH370 was seen being escorted by two military fighter jets on the night it disappeared.
Bajc said what this young man revealing info about the fighter planes’ escort made more sense than the military ignoring a huge jet flying off course in their airspace.
“It’s the only logical thing that makes sense,” she said, adding that she feels the presence of her partner Wood and knows that he is still alive.
Wood, the passenger, 50, was returning to Beijing when the plane disappeared March 8.
During the briefing, families demanded to see flight and search data but the government reps only stuck to their southern Indian Ocean crash theory and avoided any questions about the obvious holes in that scenario.
Families in China have also accused the Malaysian government of a cover-up and staged protests outside the Malaysian embassy last week, angrily calling for the truth.
One of the largest searches in history is still underway, with 25 countries, 15 jets and 11 ships involved, and still there are no definitive answers or evidence that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean like the Malaysia authorities have said.
Several sightings of objects have turned out to be dead ends. Australia’s prime minister held a news conference about one of those satellite sightings, giving hope that something concrete had finally surfaced, only to dash those hopes when no debris from the Boeing 777 was found.
China recently announced hearing black box “pings,” which have spurred on the search. This latest news is now being described by authorities as "the most credible lead yet" but the widespread frustration for the public and anguish for families desperate for evidence continues.
Despite this latest news, many are wondering if this ”ping” announcement is another dead end as the mystery deepens almost one month since MH370 seemingly vanished into thin air.
Skepticism lingers and family members aren’t the only ones suspicious of the explanations the Malaysian government has given thus far.
As the questions mount, outweighing the answers, so too have the conspiracy theories. One of the latest is the “Rothschild, patent ownership and 20 engineers on board” angle which I will bring you in another installment.
I am not a conspiracy theorist but even the most cynical among us must wonder why the disappearance of 239 people aboard a huge jetliner like a Boeing 777 has not produced some kind of solid lead one month after.
This is 2014 — not Amelia Earhart’s era — with a myriad sophisticated satellites orbiting every inch of air space, with Deep Throat 2.0 spying, with the expertise of 25 different countries assisting, where almost every nation on the planet is competing with land sea and air technology.
Why can’t we find one plane or some debris at least?