MH370 and the Diego Garcia Theory

I’m not much big on conspiracy theories, though admittedly, I still have trouble with the Magic Bullet JKF Theory, but I write today about my own self-discovery that seems to have a lot of smoke behind it–the involvement of the USAF Base Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and the still-missing MH370 flight out of Malaysia 10 days ago now.

Last night I found on CNN the actual GPS coordinates for the last two reported locations of the plane: 06˚55′ 15″ N 103˚34′ 43″ E when it made that turn, and then the last known sighting at 2:11 a.m. near Pulau Perak in the Strait of Malacca at 05˚40′ 50″ N 98˚ 56′ 27″ E. After plotting those out on Google Earth I laid down on the bed for a few and then closed my eyes and a name I’d not thought of in years popped into my head: Diego Garcia.

My dad is a retired USAF B-52 pilot. I’ve heard him talk about Diego Garcia before. It’s a B-52 base we have in the south Indian Ocean. If it’s big enough for a B-52, it’d be big enough to land a Boeing 777.  (For the record, he and I have not discussed any of this.)Diego Garcia

What’s most curious about Diego Garcia is that if one continues to draw a straight line from the last two GPS points released publicly, they lead almost straight to the Maldives and/or Diego Garcia, depending on how you look at the map. (See map to the right.) What’s also curious is the number of newspaper stories of people in the Maldives claiming to have seen a “white jumbo jet flying low level from north to south over the island” on the morning in question.

This morning I punched Diego Garcia into Twitter and have kept it going since. There are a lot of people fueling the idea that maybe, just maybe, for whatever reason, MH370 might be intact and on the ground at Diego Garcia AFB.

Diego Garcia is a military base. It’s in the middle of nowhere. If the plane had landed there, it’s not like anyone there would be taking selfies in front of the plane and posting them to Twitter.

It appears Jay Carney, the White House press secretary has “ruled out” that the plane landed at Diego Garcia, but if it had and there was an effort to keep it a secret as has already been done, would he really be free to reveal it?!

The Orwellian World of 2014

I think one of the things that’s driving the hysteria most about MH370 missing is that we’ve all read too many Tom Clancy novels and seen too many Bourne, Bond and Jack Ryan movies to accept that anywhere on this planet our government, the Chinese, the Russians, the British or the Indians, SOMEONE’s military, didn’t have eyes, radar or a satellite fixed on that plane.

If you have The Sum of All Fears, there’s an editor’s voice track of Clancy talking about some of the keener CIA “know it all” aspects of what was going on in Ryan’s life in that 2001 movie and Clancy says, “We just aren’t that good.”  And I keep hearing that in my head as it appears that we might not have had satellite tracking of the plane, but again, George Orwell, Clancy, the whole NSA surveillance thing, Snowden, all that suggests that maybe we really do.

So in March 2014, it just seems like a very hard principle to accept.

Flight Simulator At Home? 

I remember being at Castle AFB in California as a kid and dad training in B-52 simulators. They were HUGE. I wish the media would do a better job of explaining exactly what the pilot had built in his home. I grew up in politics, too, and when we conducted focus groups, we did them scientifically and conducted them in sterile environments. When I moved to Dallas I worked with education officials who said they were conducting focus groups. They put an ad in the paper and asked parents to come in and talk about an issue and then called that a focus group, so I can see how the meaning of the term “simulator” can have very different meanings.  Please, someone, CNN, FOX, AP, please clarify what this really was.

Five Landing Strips Programed Into The Simulator

There are numerous reports per the Twitter feed about Diego Garcia that there were five landing strips programmed into the pilot’s simulator. One of those five was Diego Garcia, a military installation that he’d get severely fined for landing at if he ever did. Unless this was part of something bigger and pre-planned.


I don’t know where MH370 is, but I hope someone finds the plane and soon. The news media have done a number of things to make this an even bigger mess. The Malaysian government has proven they weren’t ready for an international media sensation–though few people ever are. The last known path of that plane points it toward the Maldives and Diego Garcia, but I’m also reminded of Clint Eastwood in Firefox. After he stole the stealthy Russian Mig Firefox, he flew by a USSR airliner to be seen, and then dramatically veered off that course to send chasers in the wrong direction. That very easily could have been done here, too.  We just don’t know. And if that plane really did land at Diego Garcia as part of a CIA or anti-terrorism effort, we likely will never know that either. It’s also hard to believe that our government would start down the path of pulling planes out of the sky and sending them somewhere in the middle of the ocean with living survivors. I just can’t believe we’d start that because there is no logical finish to it.

But you also have to wonder if we need to rethink some things about giving the flight attendants in the back some sort of tool for communicating outside the aircraft if they ever got to the point of where they believed something like this was bad wrong.  I can see why we wouldn’t want to have that back there, too, but think about it.

The whole flying up to 45,000 feet thing has been blown out of proportion, too, provided that the cabin remained pressurized. If it did, most everyone on the plane would have been fine. Now if a door had been somehow opened or a window punctured, half of the fokes in that cabin would have been sucked out.  But again, we just don’t know.

Today we were greeted with news that the Chinese government has “cleared” all their passengers on the plane saying none of them were “terrorists.”  Well that’s comforting, isn’t it?  Again I ask, if the Chinese had found someone on the plane to have terrorist ties, do you really think they’d just freely admit it? The Blackist was on last night. In it, a Japanese prisoner escaped from one of their maximum security prisons. When talking to an FBI agent in New York, Red talks about it and the FBI agent says, “we don’t know anything about it.”  To which Red responds, “Of course you don’t. It’d be an embarrassment to the Japanese to admit they’d let someone escape.” Wouldn’t it be the same thing for the Chinese, or any other government really, to admit such when they didn’t have to?!

What we do know is that a plane and 239 people are missing and have been for 1o days now. They did what most on the planet seem to believe is impossible in 2014–they disappeared without a trace. Perfect fodder for conspiracy theories and some new materials for whomever takes over the genre left behind by Clancy.




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  1. SteveMT

    The surveillance systems at DG must be as sophisticated as those at the Pentagon if not more. They should know the location of every plane, ship, and submarine that is minimally within 1,500-2,000 miles away from this base 24/7. Even if this facility did not directly assist in the plane’s disappearance, they should know exactly where this aircraft came from and exactly where it went to. The precise location, whether the transponders were on or off, whether the passengers were all killed or still are alive, which sadly seems impossible at this late date. The silence from the media about DG has deafening and now the denial from the WH smacks of a coverup while they position themselves for a world war with Russia, Syria, and Iran.

    Your article should be picked up by every new organization in the country, or alternatively go viral on the net, IMO.

  2. shawn

    Rubbish. The newspaper that ran the Maldives story is the Maldivian equivalent of The National Enquirer. Also, the plane would have taken another 2.5 hours to get there after the last ping (there would have been at least 2 more pings) and an estimated hour and change after it would have run out of fuel. If the plane was flying at a low level, fuel burn would have been even higher.

    Flight Simulator was a home computer with public software (my bet is that is was probable X Plane) and multiple monitors. I wouldn’t buy in to any theories just because airports are pre programmed in to it.

    They do know the plane turned again too, hence the Northern arc and Southern arc as search points. There are mathematical distance calculations that could be made.

    If the plane was on the Northern arc, I’d say it is likely to be a result of terrorism. If it was on the Southern arc, could have been a tragic accident. But look at a map, The Southern Indian Ocean is about as remote a place that exists on the planet, plus one of the deepest as well.

    Frankly, I think the story published in Wired is probably the most likely scenario:

  3. Donny Claxton

    I read the Wired piece today, too. It seems plausible, I agree. As noted in my original post, I’m not clinging to the Diego Garcia angle, but it’s amazing that it’s taken this long to finally get mentioned on CNN and FOX tonight. I hope the plane didn’t go to Diego Garcia because if it did, our government in the US has entered into something way different than ever has happened before. I agree with you, too, if the plane was flying low level, indeed, it was burning fuel at a high rate. Thanks for the additional information about the simulator. I’ve watched a little TV tonight and see what they’re calling a simulator. Your description seems accurate. Still, there are too many things not being said. On Reddit someone pointed out that many nations are keeping quiet about what they saw so as not to reveal too much about their defense capabilities. It’s just strange.

  4. John Forbes (@John_in_Durban)

    I would be very interested to know of the mathematical model that was used to determine a route by the pings. Particularly given that it could have been either north or south along an arc radiating out from a satellite. As far as I know, aircraft fly from way point to way point and not along circular lines linked to satellites, not that I am any sort of specialist on the topic. It seems to be based on blind faith of a version of events given to the main stream media by a UK satellite company, which has then accepted the explanation hook line and sinker.

    Until such time as a rational explanation is given as to how they made their amazing deductions, this only fuels conspiracy theories!

  5. John Forbes (@John_in_Durban)

    ” The Southern Indian Ocean is about as remote a place that exists on the planet, plus one of the deepest as well.” All the more reason so as to ensure that when nothing can be found positively linking the area to #MH370, too many queries cannot be raised.

    I sincerely hope they do find something down there, but frankly this seems far more like a total wild goose chase in which the msm are propagating the totally implausible, while ignoring other explanations.

    While the “Wired” story seems very plausible, how after going west towards Pulau Langkawi did they get onto an almost due south route to Antartica?

  6. Donny Claxton

    None of it makes any sense, John. The Wired piece was ripped to shreds throughout most of the week, largely by how would a plane on fire continue to fly for an additional seven hours. I find it equally troubling that they’ve not said that they noted a turn to the south, either. And of course, there’s been very little said about why the Malaysian military or any other organization in the area wasn’t hopping up and down once the plane “vanished.” It seems like the inquiry, especially at that juncture, should have been made of sterner stuff.

  7. John Forbes (@John_in_Durban)

    Assuming the flight made a left turn and followed the so-called southern flight path, it would have been just off the western coast of Indonesia and should have been picked up by their radar. Deafening silence there!

    Alternatively if it flew, via several way-points (as reported earlier) out over the Andaman Islands towards India and then turned south south west to fly between Sri Lanka and India it should have been picked up by those countries’ radar and then by the Maldives. Again a deafening silence, other than for the Maldivians islanders whose story of a low flowing south bound aircraft apparently fitting the description of MH370 have been trashed by their authorities! A cover up at US request/insistence?

  8. homebase

    If you want to explore why the plane might have gone/been taken to Diego Garcia you might need to think about who was on board. I’m not signed up to this theory but it is thought provoking.

  9. John Forbes (@John_in_Durban)

    A very convincing scenario, however what is the source of Erik Rush? I guess that will never come out!

  10. Donny Claxton

    Wolf Blizter is on CNN right now angry that officials have said what they’ve said.

  11. John Forbes (@John_in_Durban)

    Thanks Donny. Not sure if same CNN transmission in SA. Just got the tail end of RIchard Quest on the topic discussing a proposal to have permanent satellite tracking of all aircraft in the future – Airlon system I believe.

  12. Donny Claxton

    We’ve got Wolf on right now, not Richard Quest. That guy is an angry blowhard; really will be glad when we don’t have to see him on TV nightly. I agree, however, that something of the sort should already have been installed on planes, but now we’re going to give the carriers another reason to raise already high travel fees. Wolf is about to blow a gasket himself, it seems. They just had the lady in Australia on and she was all resigned to the facts while Wolf is challenging the whole thing, almost like he should be banging on the desk going, “They’re taking my story away! They’re taking my story away!”

  13. Donny Claxton

    What’s not being said right now is that when the plane made that turn, according to the military, it descended to 12,000 feet. Problem is, if it made its way all the way to the southern Indian Ocean, it would have had to have climbed back up to 32,000 feet or so to use less fuel so it could fly all the way down to the South Pole.

  14. John Forbes (@John_in_Durban)

    Agreed. At 12 000 ft a B777-200 burns 6600 pounds per hour/eng at 310 knots true airspeed (21 pounds per knot). At 36 000 ft it burns 7100 pounds per hour/eng but the true air speed is now 473 knots (15 pounds per knot), i.e. a 40 per cent higher burn rate per knot at the lower altitude.

    More questions than answers!

    Ref. Delta Virtual Airlines, Boeing 777-200ER Aircraft Operating Manual, 4th Edition, January 2014 – page 23.

  15. John Forbes (@John_in_Durban)

    Check out which reports that a doppler effect was used to fix the position coupled with known fuel reserves to narrow down a search zone.

    The reason however remains as to why and how did it happen?

  16. Jorge Afanador

    I’m sure the rest of the plane are not true This is a conspiracy and in a few years this same plane with another flag, color and appearance occure in a terrorist act

  17. MGH

    Suppose the Diego Garcia theory is right, then I have a question.
    Why should a plane with hundreds of people on board land on this Island? If the Americans want to have a plane then they can buy one at the Boeing shop. If the plane landed on Diego Garcia, what happened to the passengers? What would the Americans want to do with them?
    All kind of tests like the Nazi regime did in World War II on people?

    MGH (Someone from the Netherlands)

  18. homebase

    The reason the flight would have gone to Diego Garcia if it did, is the 20 passengers who were employees of U.S. chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor

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