Sir Tim Clark, the chief executive of Emirates, said in a recent interview with aviation journalist Andreas Spaeth, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, that to his mind information regarding the location of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is being withheld by certain authorities.
In the interview, Clark also questioned what the role of the Malaysian military was after the plane disappeared on March 8, carrying 239 people on board.
Clark raised a lot of questions about the incident, asking his interviewer a rhetorical question.
“I think we will know more if there is full transparency of everything that everybody knows. I do not believe that the information held by some is on the table. Who actually disabled ACARS [the plane’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System], who knew how to do it? If you eliminate the pilot on a suicide mission, I’m sure you could have put the aircraft in the South China Sea, rather than fly it for seven hours. So if he was on a suicide mission, he would have done it then. Who then took control of the aircraft? Who then knew how to disable ACARS and turn the transponder off? That is a huge challenge.”
As far as Clark is concerned, it is virtually impossible for an aircraft of that size to go missing off the face of the earth in this modern day and age.
“Therein lies this huge question mark in my mind. I know this did not have to happen, there is technology to track these aircraft and everybody will say that, Boeing or Airbus. That is where the conundrum is of mystery, that is where we must be more forthright and candid as to what went on, it is not good enough for the Malaysian military to say: On a prime radar we identified it as ‘friendly,'” he said.
In turning his attention to the Malaysian military, Clark spoke about their “bizarre” involvement in the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.
“This is a very busy part of Southeast Asia, the notion that we should not be able to identify if it is friend or foe, or we can on primary radar and do nothing about it, is bizarre. What would have happened if the aircraft would have turned back to fly into the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur? But we identified it as “friendly”? Friendly with intent, or friendly without intent? But what was done? These are the questions that need to be asked of the people and the entities that were involved in all of this. Full transparency of that will help us to find out what went on.”
While Clark had no real answers to offer for the whereabouts of the missing plane in the revealing interview, he did raise some interesting questions, questions that need to be answered by certain parties before more conspiracy theories start circulating.