In an interview with Sean Hannity, Tuesday night, Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney suggested that searchers looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 should take a look at possible landing spots in Taliban-controlled Pakistan. Basing his recommendation on information from unnamed sources as well as the analysis of an intelligence service called LIGNET, McInerney said the free world needs to be worried until the location of the jet is determined.
“My concern is if this airplane could be used as a bearer of a weapon of mass destruction or even conventional munitions that could attack a carrier, Israel, our allies,” he said. “We have to be very alert until we know exactly where this airplane is.”
Investigators believe the airplane changed course shortly after takeoff and headed West for as long as seven hours. They are looking into the politics of the pilot, who had a Boeing 777 simulator set up in his own home from which data recently had been deleted.
McInerney said there are at least three bases in Taliban-controlled areas of western Pakistan that could handle the jet.
His theory is consistent with reports that the last “ping” heard from the jet’s Rolls Royce engines was about seven hours after takeoff in Malaysia.
It is now being reported that Malaysia has turned to Pakistan to help find the missing plane.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday called his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the phone and sought his help in tracing Malaysian airline’s missing passenger plane, a senior official said.
“Prime Minister Sharif expressed sympathies with him and assured every possible cooperation,” Shujat Azeem, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation, told Dawn newspaper website.
“As per request from Malaysian aviation authorities, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has saved entire data of the day and time when the jet went missing and would be sharing it with Malaysian authorities,” he said.
“Although there is no evidence that plane headed towards Pakistan but as a goodwill gesture we are sharing our data with Malaysian government,” Shujaat Azeem added. Azeem earlier on Saturday had dismissed Western media reports that missing Malaysian airliner might be hidden somewhere in the country.
Pakistan’s top aviation official said the CAA has asked Malaysian authorities to send their official to Karachi to look at the data.
Azeem disclosed that Malaysian aviation authorities also spoke with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Tahir Rafique Butt and sought cooperation in tracing the missing jet.
McInerney appeared on The Kelly File Wednesday night and revealed his intel source to be the Langley Intelligence Group which says the Boeing plane manufacturer believes the missing Malaysian flight is inside Pakistan.
Via Gateway Pundit,
A LIGNET analyst received information from a source at Boeing that the company believes the plane did land in Pakistan… Boeing spokesman Sean McCormack denied that Wednesday, telling LIGNET that “the Boeing Company does not have information that substantiates your claim.”
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