Self-described not-aviation expert Courtney Love believes she spotted an oil slick and the remnants of an airplane a mile away from the island of Pulau Perak, the last known location of Malaysian Air Flight 370.
"I'm no expert but up close this does look like a plane and an oil slick," Love wrote on her official Facebook page. "Prayers go out to the families #MH370 and its like a mile away [from] Pulau Perak, where they 'last' tracked it 5°39'08.5"N 98°50'38.0"E but what do I know?" she asked her Facebook fans:
Love's amateur speculation has been shared by over 1,500 people. But she is not alone among the many citizens of the internet who they think might able to crack the case has Interpol, the FBI, the U.S. Navy, and the world's best and bright aviation sleuths stumped. Hers is just one of 650,000 or so tips that have come in via, Tomnod, an online map service that encourages people to "solve problems" with satellite imagery. In the wake of the missing Malaysia flight, Tomnod started a crowd-sourcing project where people could mark suspicious-looking images of possible clues and hints about the missing flight on a map.
Love's analysis also follows a carousel of guests on CNN and other major news networks claiming they have an idea of where the plane might possibly be. It's not unlike the storm of speculation that followed the Boston Bombing — people jumping to conclusions, wrong conclusions, and trying to be an armchair sleuth.
We're currently in the 11th day of the search. There are numerous theories about what could have happened, but none seems any more concrete of plausible then the rest. All of us, Courtney Love included, don't seem to be any closer to finding the plane than we were on March 8.
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