Analysis

Why Some Insiders Think Missing Plane Landed in Pakistan
A Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion takes off from Perth, Australia, to search for debris from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 on March 21, 2014. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)
March 21, 2014
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 drags on without a trace of wreckage at sea, the likelihood of foul play looms larger. One country keeps rising to the top of the list of suspects: Pakistan.

Ten days after the flight vanished, LIGNET learned that engineers at Boeing, the plane's manufacturer, believed the missing aircraft was on the ground in Pakistan. For several reasons, including al-Qaeda’s presence there, historical attack patterns, corruption, weakness and terrorist sympathies at the highest levels inside Pakistan, that hunch may be right.The absence of wreckage suggests a planned diversion, the kidnapping of 230 passengers and obvious ill intent. If Flight 370 has indeed fallen into the hands of al-Qaeda, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement potentially are engaged in a race against time to find the aircraft before it is used in a terror attack to rival 9/11.
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