Last month, the pilot of missing Flight 370 reportedly deleted information from his custom-built flight simulator. At a press conference on Wednesday, Malaysian officials said investigators are trying to recover the data to see if it offers any potential clues about the plane's mysterious disappearance twelve days ago.
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now in its tenth day, and as authorities attempt to make sense of the plane's disappearance, and family members grapple with the likely loss of its 239 passengers, the internet is hard at work trying to figure out what happened. Some theories are obviously wrong (aliens?). Some are just probably wrong—but their plausibility has led to widespread dissemination online. Here are four of the least crazy-sounding:
Malaysian officials have now backtracked from yesterday's claim that Flight 370's final interaction with ground control came after the plane's communications system was deliberately shut off. "We don't know when the Acars system was switched off," Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the CEO of Malaysia Airlines, said early Monday.
U.S. investigators believe missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have flown for an additional four hours after it reached final known location, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. If the reports are true, the plane could have traveled another 2,200 nautical miles, giving it time to reach Pakistan, the Indian Ocean, or the Arabian Sea.
Malaysian police announced on Tuesday that one of the two men traveling on missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 with a stolen passport was a 19-year-old Iranian trying to migrate to Germany, where his mother lives. The second man using a fake passport was later identified as Delavar Seyed Mohammad Reza, a 29-year-old Iranian.