How do you explain it? How do you explain a modern airplane with state-of-the-art technology vanishing?
Officially, you can't. No one can so far.
Unofficially though? You reference "Lost."
The similarities between the TV show and the mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are being noted with increasing frequency online. New indications that the plane was heading in the direction of the relatively uninhabited Andaman Islands (pictured above) -- off of which an earthquake was reported Friday -- pretty much supercharged tweets to this effect all day Friday.
Malaysia flight 370: What do you think happened?
It's also prompted a volley of reminders that 1) The Internet has already made this association, thank you and 2) There's a very serious difference between the "Lost" plane and this lost plane, specifically the lives of the 239 people onboard.
A sample of the many "Lost" tweets going out right now followed by some of the responses they're generating:
— Stephen. (@Fat_Ste) March 14, 2014
There was 5.5 magnitude earthquake near Andaman Island, where some think Flight 370 went to/passed. This is becoming an episode of Lost.
— Cameron Hardin (@CameronHardin1) March 14, 2014
It's quite disturbing that the plot of LOST is becoming a plausible explanation for the whole flight #MH370 disappearance.
— craven maven (@cravenmavenblog) March 14, 2014
En fait le vol #MH370 c'est juste le début de "Lost, les disparus" version réelle!
— Gaëtan ♣ (@Gaetan_yop) March 14, 2014
— Ruchee Sharma (@rucheesharma) March 14, 2014
So the missing plane was deliberately flown towards the Andaman Islands. This is going to be the real life Lost
— Ryan Jones (@RyanJonesy1005) March 14, 2014
Again, while perhaps clever, not everyone appreciates these comparisons:
This is not a freaking Lost episode. These are people's lives. #MH370
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 13, 2014
— coreshift (@coreshift) March 14, 2014
six days later, it's fair to assume someone else has already made that LOST joke you think is so clever. #MH370
— TJ Connelly (@senatorjohn) March 14, 2014
"Hey every1 wouldn't it be funny if mh370 turned out like that show lost and..." For the thousandth time, no.
— Harms (@theharmonway) March 14, 2014
The only way MH370 is like the show "Lost" is that it's getting big ratings and almost nobody will like the way it ends.
— Chris Hauselt (@movingsideways) March 14, 2014