But it's looking more and more like the plane was hijacked. If so, the aim is apparently not ransoming hostages or demands would have been made by now.
This leaves the disturbing possibility that it was diverted to a terrorist base--they think likely in Central Asia--to be used later. Probably sooner rather than later.
Update, March 15, 9:10 a.m.: When the flight first disappeared from air traffic controllers’ radar a week ago, the default assumption was that the plane had crashed. Now it seems unlikely that a plot as ingeniously planned and carefully executed as this one would not also have included plans for safe arrival at some ultimate destination. As I reported earlier, the 777 is capable of landing on small airstrips and on relatively unimproved surfaces, such as packed dirt and dry lake beds. In such a scenario, the odds are good that, unless they were murdered, the passengers remain alive. The motives and intentions of whoever took MH370 remain as murky as ever, but possibilities include a hostage scenario, the repurposing of the aircraft as an enormous flying bomb, or some combination of these and other outcomes.
If the plane landed safely and the passengers weren’t killed, why haven’t we heard any ransom demands? The perps might be covering their tracks, or they might be letting the world media whip themselves into a frenzy.
That "repurposing of the aircraft as an enormous flying bomb" is what seems most logical to me.
I feel so sad for the families and friends of the passengers. A plane crash is bad enough, but to wonder if your loved one is alive, treated well, or executed.....
I'm hoping that the wreckage will turn up and this hijacking scenario will go away. It's pretty bad when you find yourself hoping for a plane crash.