A recent spreading rumour about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) is that a passenger sent a message claiming to be hijacked:

"I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly."


Is the rumour true - i.e. that such a message was sent from a passenger after the plane went missing?

  • Not a definitive proof either way, but something to consider: theepochtimes.com/n3/… Apr 3 '14 at 19:22
  • Also, it has been pointed out that cell service is usually blocked at bases like Diego Garcia, so the claim that he sent a photo from his iPhone is not very plausible. Apr 3 '14 at 19:25
  • Of course, if you want to go down the rabbit hole, you could say that "they" meant to let his photo get out for some unlikely reason unbeknownst to us. Apr 3 '14 at 19:26

The purported message wasn't sent to the passenger's family, the press or authorities. Instead, its source has been traced back as an anonymous message to, of all places, a 4chan forum.

As their Wikipedia page describes, 4chan is the source of a number of hoaxes; it is not a reputable source.

There is no credible evidence to suggest that the message is anything other than a hoax in poor taste, that has been swallowed by some irrational conspiracy theorists.

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