Rarely have so much knowledge and so much ignorance melded to produce so much speculation.
Malaysian Airlines flight 370 might be somewhere or nowhere. It might have crashed or been hijacked. Extraterrestrial explanations seem not too far-fetched.
In confusion such as this, what you need is an enterprising attitude and a level head. Unsurprisingly, Courtney Love has stepped in to offer her services.
Lo, she believes she might have beheld not only the plane, but an oil slick too.
She posted a picture -- which I must admit to finding inconclusive -- and the words: "I'm no expert but up close this does look like a plane and an oil slick. http://www.tomnod.com/nod/challenge/malaysiaairsar2014/map/128148 ... prayers go out to the families #MH370 and its like a mile away Pulau Perak, where they 'last' tracked it 5°39'08.5"N 98°50'38.0"E but what do I know?"
I will leave you to decide whether this does, indeed, look like a plane and an oil slick. Some posters to her Facebook page are skeptical.
For example, Craig Hobson offered: "What are the odds thou [sic] that it would land right next to a red sign saying plane let alone next to the arrow ?"
Jason Miller sniffed: "The MS Paint development team just high fived."
Currently, however, it seems as if Love's efforts are as good as anyone else's. The latest theory, written by a pilot and published in Wired, suggests that the plane caught fire and crashed, soon after contact was lost.
One commenter to Love's page has an altogether different view of this mystery -- that it's no mystery at all.
Todd Rizzo wrote: "The government(s) know exactly what happened to this plane. Objects do not need a transponder to be picked up on radar. Transponders are used to identify the plane as 'friendly' so that our own missiles cannot be used against them."
Governments keep things from us?