- The Washington Times - Monday, May 19, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 didn’t crash, and the CIA and Boeing aircraft company could very well know where the missing plane is, the former Malaysian prime minister claimed.

“Airplanes don’t just disappear,” Mahathir Mohamad wrote Sunday in his blog. “Certainly not these days with all the powerful communication systems, radio and satellite tracking and filmless cameras which operate almost indefinitely and possess huge storage capacities.”

Flight MH370 disappeared March 8 with 239 passengers aboard, sparking a lengthy and massive search.

“The plane is somewhere — maybe without Malaysia Airlines markings,” Mr. Mahathir wrote. “It is a waste of time and money to look for debris or oil slick or to listen from pings from the black box. For some reason, the media will not print anything that involves Boeing or the CIA.”

Mr. Mahathir, 88, who was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, said the flight communication system “must have been disabled” — something he put in Boeing’s lap.

“All the communications and GPS equipment must have been installed by Boeing,” he said. “If they failed or have been disabled, Boeing must know how it can be done.”

Mr. Mahathir’s statement comes amid current Prime Minister Nahib Razak’s characterization of the satellite identification of plane debris in the Indian Ocean as “bizarre.”

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