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More than a week into the mystery surrounding missing Flight 370, new theories are popping up each day, and with information scarce, nothing feels out of the realm of possibility.
On Monday evening, Bill Weir filled in as "Piers Morgan Live" host, welcoming retired American Airlines pilot Jim Tilmon for a live, primetime interview.
Joining the program via satellite from Phoeniz, Ariz., Tilmon said he wished to "roll something by you," admitting it was "far-fetched" and might sound "crazy."
Searching for answers on behalf of the network and its audience, Weir invited Tilmon to "go ahead, bring it."
Laughing, Tilmon noted that "yeah, I'm going to bring it", before offering his theory.
"What would happen if they did in fact find a way to land, refuel, take off again and then threaten the integrity of certain kinds of structures, structures like the White House, the Eiffel Tower," he wondered. "What if they had threatened those in a 9/11-type approach?"
Admitting that he had "no clue" as to how or why such a plan of landing and refueling would take place, Tilmon only went as far as to say that those behind the operation are "skillful", and "very, very smart" and "very, very good pilots".
But "who's they", wondered Weir, serving up a question that once again left Tilmon without a concrete answer.
"You might as well call them ghosts, because I have no idea who they are", he revealed.
To Tilmon though, an aviation analyst and consulting group president, the international breadth of the manifest and the dilemma such a diverse flight would cause is central to the proposed scheme.
"If they did in fact threaten some kind of property on the ground, who would make the decision about what they're going to do about it? You've got all of these nations involved. You've got 75 different people on there other than a large group of Chinese on there", said Tilmon, referencing the 25 nations represented on Flight 370. "If somebody said, 'well, we've got to shoot it down, we can't let it fly into the whatever,' what kind of a diplomatic mess would that be around the world."
Clearly taken aback by his guests theorizing, Weir admitted to being exasperated:
"Jim, you are taking us like three nightmares into the future. Let's focus on the one we've got."
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