Last Monday, March 17, I wrote to you about a theory of Flight 370 that the media wasn’t discussing much: That the plane was hijacked with the intention of hiding it to use later as a missile for a terrorist attack on a major city.

Yet, nearly three weeks after the plane’s disappearance, the media continues to present us with conflicting experts and theories.

They’re just keeping everyone confused and glued to the screen.

And governments don’t seem to be fully disclosing what they know.

Although the Malaysian authorities finally announced that the plane did go down in the Indian Ocean off of Perth. Now the question is what happened.

So, I talked to the best expert on jumbo jets and aviation I know, and he told me there really are only two possible scenarios left…

I can’t reveal my source. All I can say is that it’s a good source.


When we spoke last Friday, the first thing he did was to refute one of the current theories on the table: the shadow act.

He told me that shadowing another plane, like the Singapore Air flight proposed, heading toward the Middle East — by flying just underneath that plane to not be picked up by radar — was possible, but extremely difficult. It would take a Top Gun-skilled pilot to accomplish.

So that scenario is unlikely.

My hijacker theory could have still occurred, but with a new twist…

Everyone knew within two days of the flight’s disappearance that the transponder and ACAR (aircraft communications addressing and reporting) system were turned off… and now we’re told that the plane’s flight plan was changed before the co-pilot’s “all right, good night” signal.

According to my contact, when you change your flight path, you risk running into another plane. The transponder has a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) that would allow another plane to see you and avoid a catastrophe.

But hijackers wouldn’t want to be seen or reported to be off path.

So, when they turned off the transponder, one solution would be to fly at 500 feet higher or lower than the 1,000 foot regulated altitude levels that planes fly. This way, they wouldn’t hit another plane, and they’d go undetected.

A second solution would be in line with recent evidence that now says the plane dropped to as low as 12,000 feet after making the sharp turn southwest. (Why is this only coming out now, 18 days later?!) That’s another way to avoid hitting other planes in a high traffic area.

There’s also evidence that the initial turn occurred more slowly, over two minutes, and that the plane’s descent to 12,000 feet could have happened over a longer period of time than originally believed.

This suggests to me a preprogrammed turn on auto pilot… a more sinister plot.

But back to the silence that initially alerted the tower to the plane’s disappearance…

As my source told me, it wouldn’t be hard to turn off the communications systems, and even the oxygen, because the Boeing 777 has an electrical hatch just behind the cockpit door that could be broken into so someone could go down to access the electrical systems.

Someone could even have come into this area from the cargo section of the plane, and been there already when the plane took off.

It’s crazy that something like that is even possible after 9/11!

Admittedly, it would be easier to pull this off in Malaysia than in the U.S. or Europe. Security systems aren’t good in Kuala Lumpur, according to my source.

But still, crazy.

So here’s the first scenario…

Hijackers attempted to take the Boeing 777.

They could have cut off the oxygen to incapacitate or kill the passengers, crew, and pilots just before or after the flight turned west. They could have had portable oxygen systems to keep themselves safe (these are allowed onto flights for medical reasons).

If the hijackers took over or conspired with the co-pilot (it’s very unlikely the esteemed older captain would have been involved), then the original radar report of a sudden surge to 45,000 feet and then down to 23,000 feet could have been intended to knock out or kill the passengers and get full control quickly… or it could have been a part of a struggle to take over the cockpit (less likely).

But the recent report of a drop down to 12,000 is more suggestive of an attempt to save the passengers if there was a loss of oxygen or a decompression from mechanical or sinister causes… it’s equally suggestive of an effort to avoid being seen by, or hitting, other planes.

Ultimately, something would have had to go wrong for the hijackers if the plane did land in the south Indian Ocean, as is now reported with more certainty.

Maybe the pilots knew they were trying to take over the crew and passengers, or trying to knock them out, and they were alive long enough to perform a maneuver that would incapacitate the hijackers.

Unfortunately, the plunge could have debilitated them as well… and ultimately all aboard died from lack of oxygen or a major decompression, which not only cuts off oxygen but quickly brings in minus 50 degree temperatures.

Then the plane simply flew on auto pilot until it ran out of gas and crashed into the Indian Ocean. Flying at 12,000 feet, the plane would have burned much more fuel, so it won’t be anywhere near the area they’re searching in and claiming the plane crashed in now.

That means that the plane would have descended down to 12,000, then back up to 35,000 or so to be able to fly that far in the seven hours they know the flight lasted. If that had occurred, then either the auto pilot took back over after a failed emergency maneuver by the pilots, or all of this was preprogrammed.

Of course, he was clear that there is a second, less sinister, scenario… one already being discussed: That there was an electrical fire similar to what happened on Swiss Air flight 111 in 1998 (the one that crashed into the ocean near Halifax, Canada).

An intense fire forced the pilots from the cockpit. It would have had to start in the cargo area or electrical hatch (which I talked about earlier), or even spread from burning tires, which is a possibility with the high temperatures in this area.

The fire could have taken out the transponder and ARCA systems before the “alright, good night” message as the evidence clearly suggests, and without deliberate pilot or hijacker intervention.

However, before it reached the cockpit, the pilots could have had just enough time to maneuver to fight the fire and redirect the plane toward the huge 13,000 foot Langkawi airport, or another 12,400 foot airport on a similar trajectory in northern Malaysia before dying… there simply was no time for a “mayday” signal.

But that no mayday signal…

That’s a sticking point for both my contact and me.

No mayday strongly suggests a hijacking scenario was more likely.

There’s a much larger question here: Why have communications from other countries come so late?

Like the Chinese satellite spotting large debris in the south Indian Ocean and only releasing the information four or five days later…

Or the delay in the radar that now suggests the plane descended to 12,000 feet shortly after the sharp left turn?

It’s because everyone is spying on everyone else and no country wants others to know how and where they’re spying.

So the plot thickens…

Who can you trust anymore?

My source clearly said that someone knew when, and now more where (on the southern arc), this plane went down. That’s why they’re looking where they are.

Rolls Royce, the maker of the engines, offers a warranty on its products, so its engines send signals. If something goes wrong, Rolls Royce wants to know if it was a mechanical failure, pilot error, or violations of acceptable RPM levels for the engines.

This isn’t something the hijackers or a mechanical fire could have cut off.

The authorities should have been able to determine the minute the engines stopped. And it appears they did.

Yet this information never came out either. Why not?

They only have 12 days, at most, before the engines’ electronic locators go out. My source believes they are able to triangulate from satellite on these locators. If they can, they haven’t revealed that they did or can.

This is scary stuff!

I think a revolution is brewing around spying, privacy and data access. The Snowden leaks switched the spotlight on. The disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 is another “brick in the wall” for that.

It’s also a clear indication that relying on governments and the media for information — be it your daily news, or for investment or business purposes — is unwise. The media is only interested in the number of viewers it can get and maintain. Governments are only interested in protecting themselves.

You need someone who’s interested in YOU.

That’s why we’re here.


Harry Dent
Harry S. Dent Jr. studied economics in college in the ’70s, but found it vague and inconclusive. He became so disillusioned by the state of his chosen profession that he turned his back on it. Instead, he threw himself into the burgeoning new science of finance where identifying and studying demographic, technological, consumer and many, many other trends empowered him to forecast economic changes. Since then, he’s spoken to executives, financial advisors and investors around the world. He’s appeared on “Good Morning America,” PBS, CNBC and CNN/Fox News. He’s been featured in Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Success, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, American Demographics and Omni. He is a regular guest on Fox Business’s “America’s Nightly Scorecard.” In his latest book, Zero Hour: Turn the Greatest Political and Financial Upheaval in Modern History to Your Advantage, Harry Dent reveals why the greatest social, economic, and political upheaval since the American Revolution is on our doorstep. Discover how its combined effects could cause stocks to crash as much as 80% beginning just weeks from now…crippling your wealth now and for the rest of your life. Harry arms you with the tools you need to financially prepare and survive as the world we know is turned upside down! Today, he uses the research he developed from years of hands-on business experience to offer readers a positive, easy-to-understand view of the economic future by heading up Dent Research, in his flagship newsletter, Boom & Bust.