MH370: Hijackers pulled ‘classic con artist’ trick to fool investigators

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. What exactly happened to the jetliner remains a mystery, but communications with a satellite called 3F1 give some clues. For example, the communications with 3F1 show that the satellite data unit (SDU) was initially turned off and then turned on again.

Jeff Wise, author of the 2015 book ‘The Plane That Wasn’t There’, claimed hijackers may have been using the SDU to send out fake data.

British telecommunications company Inmarsat used Burst Frequency Offset (BFO) and Burst Timing Offset (BTO) values to work out where the plane went after it disappeared from air traffic control radar.

BTO is a measure of the time taken for a transmission round trip and can be used to calculate the distance between the satellite and the aircraft.

Meanwhile, BFO data is a measure of the relative motion of the satellite and the aeroplane.

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Combined, these can be used to piece together an estimated track of the plane.

The data seems to indicate that the plane flew out over the Indian Ocean before crashing into the sea west of Australia.

However, there are certain discrepancies in MH370’s case that mean these values are somewhat contradictory.

Mr Wise suggested that the BFO data could be a “false trail of breadcrumbs” used to put investigators off the scent.

He said: “This is a classic con artist technique – when you pull a ruse on a victim you can’t just walk away, you have to make sure they don’t come after you.”

He used an example from World War 2 when British intelligence carried out Operation Mincemeat – the body of a British officer washed up on the Spanish coast and on his person there were secrets about a planned assault from north Africa.

Documents on the body indicated the assault would be on Sardinia instead of Sicily.

The authenticity of the body, the clothes, the personal possessions and documents on the corpse led the Germans to believe it was real and moved forces to Sardinia.

However, it had been a ruse all along and the real invasion was in Sicily.

Similarly, if hijackers could make MH370 as inconspicuous as possible by providing fake data, it could slip away unnoticed.

Mr Wise said: “Given the oddities surrounding the case, MH370 may represent a deception crafted at the same level of complexity.

“For this plan to work out however, a very specific set of criteria would have to be met.

“As we’ve seen, the hijacked plane would have to be Boeing not an Airbus and it would have to be equipped with a Honeywell SDU not a Rockwell Collins one.

“What’s more, in order for the BFO spoof to clearly imply that the plane was traveling in the opposite of its true direction the flight would have to start close to the equator and the implied direction would have to be towards an oceanic basin in which the plane could we lost.

“MH370 of course met all these criteria.”

There was just one flaw in the plan: Inmarsat was also collecting BTO values that contradict with the BFO values and ultimately gave a more accurate indication as to the flight path of the plane.

However, this is just one theory and not one currently endorsed by the official investigation.

MH370 news: Could investigation into previous disaster help find Malaysia Airlines plane?

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. It is still unclear what exactly happened to the plane and those on board, but a crucial data clue was only made possible by a previous investigation. This investigation was the disappearance of Air France flight 447, which vanished on June 1, 2009 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

AF447 was eventually found to have crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing 228 people.

In his 2015 book ‘The Plane That Wasn’t There’, science journalist and aviation expert Jeff Wise explained that lessons were learned from AF447 to “make sure nothing like it ever happened again”.

It was as a result of the 2009 tragedy that satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat started recording Burst Timing Offset (BTO) values, which ended up being central to the MH370 investigation.

The hardware for this was installed just a year before MH370 disappeared.

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Along with Burst Frequency Offset (BFO) values, the BTO values allowed investigators to map out a route of MH370 over the Indian Ocean.

Mr Wise wrote: “It’s no understatement to say that if Air France 447 hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t have any pings today for MH370.”

These ‘pings’ are communications between MH370 and Inmarsat’s satellite 3F1.

On the other hand, there is a chance that hijackers may have also learned from the first disaster.

Mr Wise said: “As the search for MH370 unfolded however, I wondered if the case of the missing French jetliner might have supplied negative as well as positive inspiration.

“What if – I wondered – someone had taken Air France 447 as a lesson in how to make other airliners disappear?”

This might explain why there are so many “uncanny” similarities between the two plane catastrophes.

Mr Wise explained: “In both cases, the planes vanished after venturing beyond the range of land-based radar in the middle of the night.

“And in both cases air traffic control were late in realising that something untoward had happened, because their screens continued to display the aircraft symbol as if everything were normal.”

The main difference between the two incidents is that AF447 was eventually found.

The aircraft had been sending regular maintenance update to Air France HQ, which included GPS data.

This meant the airline company could track the exact location of its aeroplane when it disappeared.

The black boxes were eventually retrieved after around two years.

The BTO and BFO data seem to indicate that MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

While a wreckage has yet to be discovered, this remains the most likely scenario.

If a future expedition proves successful, it will have been down to this satellite data.

NASA Conspiracy: US space agency observatory films ‘alien’ UFO trio fire from Sun

NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is an audacious attempt by the US space agency to understand both the internal structure and outer atmosphere of the Sun. Since it began orbiting our star, NASA’s space telescope has since 1996 been a categoric success, from understanding the Sun’s complicated gas currents hidden beneath its surface, to discovering more than 3,000 comets. But UFO hunter Scott Waring believes the NASA Sun observatory has now uncovered its most incredible discovery to date – spying three alien UFO as they shoot out of our star.

Waring took to his etdatabase.com blog to speculate about the seeming solar anomaly.

The UFO enthusiast begins by accusing the esteemed space agency NASA of being part of a conspiracy to cover-up the existence of extraterrestrials.

He wrote: “This video contains many UFOs shooting out of our sun and around the SOHO satellite.

“It’s amazing so many videos of UFOs exist and yet the US government won’t take any of them seriously.

“This means they are deliberately hiding the truth from the public.”

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The video was originally posted by Youtube user SolarBug.

Enlarged screenshots of the grainy black and white footage does show three black shapes firing out of the Sun at high speed.

Waring takes this to be evidence of oddly-shaped UFOs existing the Sun, in defiance of all known laws of physics.

He goes even further, writing: “Yet just 3 seconds earlier there were three white UFOs in the exact same position also shooting out of the sun.

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“It would be logical to conclude the aliens crafts caused the solar flare to take place.”

The Sun is a huge, glowing sphere of hot gas, comprised of 70 percent hydrogen and 28 percent helium.

This star beams so brightly because it is converting hydrogen into helium via the process of nuclear fusion in its extremely hot core.

This means that as time goes on, the Sun has less hydrogen and more helium.

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NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO):

SOHO moves around the Sun in step with the Earth, by slowly orbiting around the First Lagrangian Point (L1), where the combined gravity of the Earth and Sun keep SOHO in an orbit locked to the Earth-Sun line.

The L1 point is approximately 1.5 million km away from Earth – about four times the distance of the Moon, in the direction of the Sun.

Here, SOHO enjoys an uninterrupted view of our daylight star.

All previous solar observatories have orbited the Earth, from where their observations were periodically interrupted by Earth.

Watch Joey Chestnut’s Chewing Workout For Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Eating champion Joey Chestnut showed how he chews up the competition.

The legendary glutton, who will attempt to win his 12th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Fourth of July, revealed the training exercises he does in a clip ESPN posted Tuesday from the documentary “The Good, the Bad, the Hungry.” (See the clip below.)

Chestnut chewed on a ball, bobbed his head up and down with a weight dangling from his mouth and breathed deeply to produce what sounded like extended burps.

Even if his preparation might seem weird, it seems to be working: Chestnut devoured a record 74 hot dogs last year.

Needless to say, the clip provoked food for thought on Twitter.

MH370 found? Investigators discover ‘precise’ new search area for missing plane

The mystery behind the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has baffled investigators who have searched 25,000 square kilometres (9,700 square miles) in the Indian Ocean. But an independent group have theorised a new search area of manageable size and one with a reasonable chance of success. The study led by aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey aided by fellow independent group member Victor Iannello has examined hundreds of flight paths to come up with alternative coordinates.

The study noted the scientists scanned the Southern Indian Ocean for possible MH370 flight paths using a degree of precision they believe had not been applied previously.

They said: “The goal was to find all possible MH370 flight routes that fit the data within appropriate tolerances.

“Additionally, the data would be checked using a set of correlations.”

The scientists used satellite data assuming the flight was without a pilot after it completed its turn south.

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They looked at seven parameters: start time, latitude and longitude, flight level, lateral navigation method, initial bearing and speed control mode.

The paper said: “All possible MH370 endpoints of flight routes in any navigation mode and any speed mode have already been searched, within at least ± 25 NM of the 7th Arc (partially ± 40 NM).

“This means that MH370 has either been missed in a previous search or recovered from a steep descent of around 15,000 fpm and glided out to an endpoint outside the previously searched area.

“There is only one Region of Interest, where we recommended a further analysis and search at around 34.4 °S near the 7th Arc, following a flight route from close to waypoint BEDAX using the LNAV lateral navigation mode with an ultimate waypoint of the South Pole on a track of 180°T due south, in long-range cruise speed mode and at a flight level between FL390 and FL403.”

The experts have previously been called the ‘Bletchley Park of aeronautical sleuthing’ since they began their search for the plane that disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

The aviation experts came together following the Malaysian Government’s release of data claiming the plane was at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

They called themselves the ‘Independent Group’ because they were investigating MH370 outside the official channels.

The Independent Group had a blog where interested parties flocked to and discussed data and theories in the comments.

Moon landing: NASA deleted evidence of aliens in Apollo 11 mission – shock claim

As marks 50 years since the first people stepped foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, some are claiming there is more than meets the eye. Conspiracy theorists first began claiming that NASA knew of aliens on the Moon when the space agency supposedly deleted 40 rolls of film from the Apollo 11 mission. The claim has credit as it was made by Bob Dean, a United States Army Command Sergeant Major, who also served at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) of NATO.

Mr Dean said: “Ladies and gentlemen, my government, NASA, which many of us in the United States say stands for Never A Straight Answer, proceeded to erase 40 rolls of film of the Apollo Program — the flight to the Moon, the flight around the Moon, the landings on the Moon, the walking guys here and there.

“They erased, for Christ’s sake, 40 rolls of film of those events.”

However, it was Dr Steven Greer, founder of The Disclosure Project and The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI), who added fuel to the alien theory fire, as he claimed to have had secret discussions with close acquaintances with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Dr Greer claimed in a blog post that people close to the first Moon landers admitted that the duo did see evidence of aliens while on the historic missions.

Dr Greer wrote: “Close friends and very close family members of both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have separately told me that indeed there were numerous, large UFOs around the crater where the Lunar Module landed and that these were seen by both Armstrong and Aldrin.

“I have also spoken to military officers that have seen the footage of this event- but it has never been made public.”

However, Buzz Aldrin has directly addressed claims he saw s saying he saw lights, but did not think they were of alien origin.

Dr Aldrin said in a 2014 Q&A: “On Apollo 11 in route to the Moon, I observed a light out the window that appeared to be moving alongside us.

“There were many explanations of what that could be, other than another spacecraft from another country or another world – it was either the rocket we had separated from, or the 4 panels that moved away when we extracted the lander from the rocket and we were nose to nose with the two spacecraft.

“So in the close vicinity, moving away, were four panels. And I feel absolutely convinced that we were looking at the sun reflected off of one of these panels.”

Area 51: 220,000 people plan to STORM military base to gain alien secrets

has long been thought of by conspiracy theorists as a place where the US government is hiding intel on alien activity, and it all began when an apparent weather balloon crashed into the nearby town of Roswell in 1947. Many believed the weather balloon – the official stance by US authorities – was actually an extraterrestrial UFO, and the US government has been keeping alien secrets ever since. Now however, the public is demanding answers and a staggering 222,000 people have signed up to a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”.

According to a description of the group, attendees will meet nearby and storm the top secret base on September 20.

The description reads: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”

While the event is obviously tongue-in-cheek, having been created by a group called ‘Sh**posting cause im in shambles’, some people failed to get the joke.

One Facebook user commented: “Apparently none of ya’ll understand military weapons. Also what makes you think there isn’t a contingency plan for things like this already in place?

“I know this is a joke but if you do actually pull this stunt you are actually either going to be responsible at best for the largest mass incarceration in history and at worst the largest suicide run.”

Area 51 has been used by American aviation authorities since 1955 and is closed off to those without top-level security clearance.

However, the US Government did not even admit the base existed until 2013, in a series of documents released as part of a Freedom of Information request, and it is heavily protected by armed guards.

The Internet Is Really Getting Behind This Sea Star’s ‘Big Booty’

A sea star at a Californian aquarium has gone viral thanks to a cheeky photo.

The pic that Twitter user @BabyShouJo posted on Sunday shows a vermillion sea star showing off what look like very ample “assets.”

See for yourself: 

Yes, the photo makes it look like the starfish’s got back — to paraphrase the sage words of ’90s-era rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot — but marine wildlife experts at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, where the sea star lives, threw cold water on that notion.

Nate Jaros, the aquarium’s curator of fish and invertebrates, told USA Today that the so-called “butt” is actually the creatures’ arms:

“In this photo, the sea star is on a vertical rock face with two of its arms holding the rock and two arms hanging in a relaxed position. Sea stars sometimes relax their arms such as when they are eating.

“Since the sea star is oriented vertically, gravity is causing its internal components to slump.”

Vermillion sea stars are typically found near low-tide lines and on the rocky sea bottom in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Baja California to Alaska, according to LiveScience.com.

Although they are commonly called starfish, they are actually echinoderms, a group of creatures that includes sea cucumbers, sand dollars and sea urchins.

The sea star may not really possess a booty, but the internet still grabbed on to the photo — no ifs, ands or buts about it.  

Some thought the sea star looked awfully familiar…..

HuffPost reached out to Sir Mix-a-Lot because, under the circumstances, wouldn’t you?

He did not immediately respond, possibly because he “don’t want none unless you got buns, hon.”

UFO sighting: NASA film ‘extraordinary alien UFO’ outside International Space Station

The International Space Station is the $150 billion space laboratory in operation orbiting Earth since 2000. Since its launch, the NASA astronauts on board the ISS have made innumerable scientific discoveries, from making medical breakthroughs to improving materials for future space missions. However, a prominent UFO hunter believes the International Space Station has now made its greatest discovery – filming an UFO from up-close. YouTube user Streetcap1 uploaded a video of what he describes as an UFO.

The footage was recorded by US space agency NASA on their ISS live camera on YouStream.

Several points of the angular alleged UFO are clearly visible outside of the International Space Station.

UFO conspiracy theorist Of Sound Mind And Body took to YouTube to commentate on the bizarre footage.

He said: “As you can see, there is a massive object lurking in the background.

“The object is completely illuminated by the Sun and it is very hard not to notice its bizarre shape.”

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The commentator then proceeds to wildly speculate that NASA deliberately cut the supposed UFO footage.

He said: “After a few moments of the object being completely to in the open for all to see, guess what happens next?

“Viewers were then hit by the infamous NASA blue screen – we say ‘infamous’ due to the number of times it happens when a UFO is seen.”

NASA deletes ISS footage after a few months and this UFO sighting took place years ago, meaning the video cannot be independently verified.

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The UFO footage is the re-examined with the brightness and contrast modified in order to exaggerate the anomaly’s features.

The unnamed commentator then continues by revealing the UFO closely resembles other anomalies spotted elsewhere in the solar system.

He said: “The look of this alleged UFO is simple incredible and nothing like this has ever been seen before.

“Well – not exactly. That same year Streetcap1 also uploaded several other videos pointing out that very similar UFO were sighted near the Sun.

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“One sighted on March 16, 2016 matches and as you can see, it matches the ISS UFO perfectly.’

Some of these UFO have been spotted as far way as the Sun, using NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) website.

And these UFOs appear be similar, if not the same to the one found lurking close to the ISS.

The YouTube commentator finishes by asking: “Could they not all be proof of extraterrestrial visitors to the Sun and outside of the Earth?

“Or are these examples of just nothing at all?”

Self proclaimed UFO expert Scott Waring took to his etdatabase.com blog to speculate on the unearthed UFO footage’s provenance.

He wrote: “The footage shows an extraordinary UFO with a shape unlike anything I have ever seen before.

“The object was recorded on live NASA space station cam and has a very strange appearance.

“It is clear to me that UFOs frequently visit the space station to keep an eye on humanities progress.”

UFO on NASA videos is ‘monitoring International Space Station progress’ – shock claim

A four-pronged spaceship has reportedly been spotted near to the orbiting laboratory and conspiracy theorists believe the craft is a regular visitor. Some claim an advanced race of intelligent beings are currently monitoring the ISS to check humanity’s progress. In the video, the massive can be seen whizzing quickly past the space station, before returning in the background. Prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring made the strange claims, after it was originally spotted by YouTube channel Streetcap1 who trawls through NASA live streams.

Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “[The video] shows an extraordinary UFO with a shape unlike anything I have ever seen before.

“The object was recorded on live NASA space station cam and has a very strange appearance. It is clear to me that UFOs frequently visit the space station to keep an eye on humanities progress.”

Conspiracy theorists often look for signs of extraterrestrial activity in official videos and live streams.

But scientists who have worked for the space agency in the past have a much simpler explanation for all of the bizarre UFO sightings reported.

According to former NASA engineer James Oberg, most UFO sightings are nothing more than “space dandruff” floating in front of cameras.

These specks of dandruff can be anything from bits of chipped paint drifting aimlessly in zero gravity, flakes of ice or ISS insulation that has broken off.

He said: “I’ve had enough experience with real spaceflight to realise that what’s being seen in many videos is nothing beyond the ‘norm’ from fully mundane phenomena occurring in unearthly settings.”

Mr Oberg argued the human brain is not wired to make sense of these tiny objects floating above Earth.