In my experience in life the simplest explanation for something that doesn’t require alien abduction, divine intervention, or a huge conspiracy that would be impossible to keep secret (but somehow is) is frequently the best. Experienced pilot Chris Goodfellow offers an explanation for why the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 should be sought between its last known location and Pulau Langkawi.
Jeff Wise argues against Goodfellow’s theory:
Goodfellow’s theory fails further when one remembers the electronic ping detected by the Inmarsat satellite at 8:11 on the morning of March 8. According to analysis provided by the Malaysian and United States governments, the pings narrowed the location of MH370 at that moment to one of two arcs, one in Central Asia and the other in the southern Indian Ocean. As MH370 flew from its original course toward Langkawi, it was headed toward neither. Without human intervention—which would go against Goodfellow’s theory—it simply could not have reached the position we know it attained at 8:11 a.m.
To make a good theory, Einstein is said to have asserted, “everything should be kept as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Unfortunately, Christopher Goodfellow’s wildly popular theory errs on the side of too much elegance.