How to Steal an Airplane: From 9/11 to MH370

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by James Corbett
March 18, 2014

As the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370—the Boeing 777 bound for Beijing that vanished seemingly without a trace—approaches the two week mark, the talking heads of the corporate news networks are becoming increasingly desperate to fill the 24/7 news cycle with meaningless speculation and blather. In their desperation, they have even turned to speculation on a subject long shunned as outlandish conspiracy theory by these very same networks: the possibility of remote control hijackings of commercial passenger jets.

The speculation is prompted in part by a report in the Federal Register last November noting that several models of 777, including the 777-200 model used for Flight 370, were susceptible to outside attack.

Question mark headlines musing about the possibility of such a “cyber hijacking” serve to obscure or even deny a very important point. The first such “cyber hijackings” most likely took place over 12 years ago, on September 11th, 2001 using technology that was tested, proven and available long before that infamous date.

Although unamnned aerial vehicles, or “UAV,” like the Global Hawk, Predator and Reaper drones used in the US' illegal extrajudicial assassination program are thought of as cutting edge military hardware, UAVs of various sorts have been used since August 22, 1849, when Austria launched 200 pilotless, bomb-filled balloons on the city of Venice. Development of UAVs continued with radio-controlled drones and pilotless torpedos developed in WWI, the creation of the US Air Force's “Pilotless Air Craft” branch in 1946, the deployment of military UAVs in the Vietnam War, Israel's development of the first drone with real-time surveillance capabilities in the Yom Kippur War and US use of the technology in Grenada before the birth of the modern era with the extensive deployment of Pioneer drones in the First Gulf War.

When it comes to the remote control of civilian aircraft, President Bush stated in late September 2001 that he would devote federal funds to developing new technologies for combating the threat of hijacking...including remote control technology.

But even at that time, remote control technology had been successfully demonstrated for commercial jetliners for nearly two decades. This is actual footage of a joint NASA / FAA experiment conducted in 1984 at Edwards Air Force Base in which a Boeing 720 was remote controlled through multiple takeoffs and landings before being crashed in a “controlled impact demonstration.”

In August of 2001, this technology was further demonstrated by Raytheon, which successfully took off and landed a Boeing 727 six times at Holloman AFB in New Mexico without a pilot on board. Raytheon also developed a sensor suite for the Air Force's Global Hawk drones and Raytheon Network Centric Systems has recently won multiple contracts to help develop advanced communications systems for the E-4B, the US government's so-called doomsday plane that was spotted above the White House shortly before the strike on the Pentagon and which has since been confirmed was one of four functioning Doomsday Planes operating in the skies on that day.

Curiously, on 9/11 itself Raytheon employees with ties to the company's electronic warfare division, including a man described as the company's “dean of electronic warfare” and multiple senior engineers for electronic systems, were among the listed passengers on each of the three planes that hit their targets that day. Raytheon also had an office in WTC2 on the 91st floor, and despite the fact that there were only four survivors from the Twin Towers who were above the impact zone at the time of the plane hits, no Raytheon employees died in the office that day.

Another curious connection presents itself in Dov Zakheim, the comptroller of the Bush Pentagon and, until taking over his Pentagon role in 2001, CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of Sytstem Planning Corporation, which provides a so-called “Flight Termination System” for the US military that the company boasts provides “a fully redundant turnkey range safety and test system for remote control and flight termination of airborne test vehicles.” As comptroller of the Pentagon, Zakheim was responsible for the trillions of dollars that could not be accounted for in the Pentagon's books at the time of 9/11 and which prompted Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to declare a “war on bureaucracy” on September 10, 2001.

Flight 77 was supposedly piloted by Hani Hanjour, a flight school dropout who could not handle a Cessna 172, but somehow managed to steer a 757 in an 8,000 foot descending 270 degree corskscrew turn at 500 mph to come exactly level with the ground. Neither experienced pilots nor aviation officials could believe that such a move could be pulled off with such precision at such high speeds by any but the most experienced pilot. Watching the flight on her radar screen, Dulles International Airport air traffic controller Danielle O'Brien later remarked: "The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced air traffic controllers, that that was a military plane."

By what we are expected to believe is a massive coincidence, the flight ended up hitting the Pentagon in the budget analyst office where the DoD staffers overseen by Zakheim were working on the question of the missing trillions.

As 9/11 researcher Aidan Monaghan told The Corbett Report in 2011, the remote control hypothesis also makes sense of various anomalies in the flight path of United 175 that hit World Trade Center 2.

As incredible as such a narrative is to the general public, that incredibility stems largely from the media's steadfast refusal to report on the proven technologies to accomplish such a cyber hijacking that have been available for well over a decade.

Whether or not Flight 370 was the victim of such an attack or something different altogether remains to be seen. But the many pieces of the 9/11 puzzle pointing to the use of remote control technologies to pilot the flights on that fateful day, from Raytheon's test flights of remote-controlled passenger jets to Zakheim's involvement with a company responsible for remote-control “flight termination systems” to the precision of United 175's bank angle and turn start time to the presence of the E-4B doomsday planes in the skies that morning, provide a compelling counter-narrative to the tabloid press' claim that Flight 370 may be the first example of cyber hijacking.

One other piece of that puzzle provides yet further credence to the claim of remote control planes on 9/11. In a story so bizarre that it simply cannot be shoehorned into the official 9/11 story, police officers stopped a strange van near their temporary command post next to the still-smouldering twin towers while the chaos unfolded on the morning of 9/11. According to the official report of the Mineta Transportation Institute:

“There were continuing moments of alarm. A panel truck with a painting of a plane flying into the World Trade Center was stopped near the temporary command post. It proved to be rented to a group of ethnic Middle Eastern people who did not speak English. Fearing that it might be a truck bomb, the NYPD immediately evacuated the area, called out the bomb squad, and detained the occupants until a thorough search was made. The vehicle was found to be an innocent delivery truck.”

No explanation of who these men were or why they had a picture of a “remote controlled jet flying into the World Trade Center” painted on their “delivery” van on the morning of 9/11 have ever been provided, much less even asked for by the complacent, complicit mainstream media. If and when more details of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight do eventually surface, don't expect the media to do any better job answering questions about it, or connecting any of the 9/11 dots in what may very well have been the world's first “cyber hijacking” nearly 13 years ago.

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  1. sahid.miller says:

    Someone predicted the MH17 flight getting taken down. Below is the translation I got from reddit (

    This set off some alarms in my head because I was just informed about Malaysian Prime Minister’s move towards a gold standard and very recently by making all payments of Zakat(charity in Arabic) in Sunnah(Islamicly lawful) Money, which at the very least is interpreted as a currency with inherent value, in this case, the Gold Dinar ( ( ( and this has been gaining traction and enjoying a overwhelming amount of support.

    We both know this is contrary to the direction the economic system is heading (in my opinion, a fully digital economy) and those that manipulate it at a global scale, further supported by the fate Libya suffered after it’s “gold-for-oil” campaign (

    Corbett, Can you take a look into this and see what other dots we can connect to this tragedy? Here’s the translation by the way, taken from Reddit of all places.

    I got a friend to help me translate it:
    The original post: Black hand (a metaphor for a shadowy organization that does its work behind the scenes) has hijacked and shot down MH370 and MH17. This has pretty much killed the 6th largest airline: Malaysian airline. Now the black hand are targeting AirAsia to ruin this airline cause it too belong to Malaysia. Given how powerful the black hand are I suggest that all Chinese thinking about traveling to avoid AirAisa, so that you don’t disappear like those on MH370.
    He (Landlord) then goes on to add: You could be happily vacationing, working, or studying aboard, but if you go on Malaysian airline or AirAsia you’re dead, be careful.
    Tell you’re relative and friend this message (to avoid Malaysian airline and AirAsia)
    Somebody then ask how do you know this? and another laughed at him calling him a conspiracy nut.
    Landlord came back to say: all you civilians get away (from the airline) You can still hid, all those that see the post can still save themselves Once everything cool down, then it would be safe to travel to Malaysia. He then goes on repeating :Don’t be a victim go hid.
    He then get made fun of and accused of being crazy, but landlord just repeats: Don’t be a victim go hid. avoid Malaysian airline and AirAsia and life is precious, and your safety is important
    After a while he says: this is a life saving message. if you are traveling don’t take Malaysian airline or AirAsia Don’t ignore this, once it happens you’ll find this post but it would be too late
    He then repeats these message again: Don’t be a victim go hid. avoid Malaysian airline and AirAsia and life is precious, and your safety is important
    people are now fed up with him are are calling him crazy and making fun of him saying he’s the Chinese noodle throwing guy from the video, just taking revenge on the airline.
    He then relays a message: Be suspicious of the US
    more repeats of hiding and avoiding
    Now other people are ripping on him calling him crazy or nuts, he only replies that this is important and need to hear his warning.
    he manage to get some people to follow his warning and avoid the airline.
    After December 17 Landlord no longer says anything, no activity from his account.
    The next post are time stamped 2014-12-28.
    somebody goes on to say that this crazy son of a bitch was right all along, making jokes that he is god, or some kind of god damn prophet. The rest of the comments are like what you find on Reddit , but landlord’s doesn’t say anything anymore

  2. jjbrana says:

    Anyone see this already? “Marc Dugain, the former chief executive of now-defunct Proteus Airlines, believes the U.S. Navy may have shot it out of the sky.”

  3. greencrow says:

    ‘… It’s possible, he wrote in the magazine, that the plane had been hijacked by hackers and that the United States then shot it down to prevent a terrorist attack.’


    How magnanimous of the US Navy! I suppose these were the same hackers who attacked Sony and that movie “The Interview”. No. I haven’t seen a single bad thing done on the international scene in the past couple of decades that didn’t point straight at “the usual suspects”.

  4. m.mark says:

    Hi James

    I was wondering about this recently…first saw this claim in loose change and have seen it in other places as well.

    “to steer a 757 in an 8,000 foot descending 270 degree corskscrew turn ***at 500 mph*** to come exactly level with the ground.”

    According to the FDR, whoever was flying the plane didn’t go over 330 until after coming out of the turn. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen someone who is as thorough as you are with research so I was wondering why you said this in 2014.

    Of course *I* could be wrong or you have corrected it and I suppose that is much more likely but I looked that FDR data earlier this week.

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