Courtney Love thinks she found missing Malaysia airplane

Courtney Love fueled the world’s ever-growing fascination with the Malaysia Airlines flight that mysteriously vanished on March 8 by claiming she located the plane submerged in the ocean near Pulau Perak, where the flight was reportedly last heard from before disappearing. The singer, 49, posted an image that she found on satellite imaging website Tomnod and added a few adjustments before tweeting it.

Her assumptions were based on what she thinks looks like a plane and an oil slick, using arrows to point to the evidence in the image. However, her seemingly innocent intentions were met with mockery on the Internet and spawned a wave of memes pocking fun at her mystery-solving ways.

Courtney explained to the New York Magazine that she just wanted to help in the search: “I saw an article asking people to help search on so I decided to give it a shot. I figured a plane would still be leaking some fuel so I searched for signs of an oil slick. I found one and there appeared to be an object nearby. I don’t know if it is the plane or not, but I figured I’d do my part and bring some awareness to the site, for the sake of all the families involved.” However, ruled out Courtney’s theory, saying that what she saw is more likely to be “boats operating in the region.” ~Yara Matar

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  1. Bill • March 20, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

    What drugs is Courtney using these days?

  2. Jordan • March 20, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

    Too funny. Well, good for her for trying.

  3. Mark W • March 20, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

    At least she has succeeded in getting people’s attention on the website. By “crowdsourcing” the satellite images, they hope to help scan the millions of square miles involved more efficiently.

    Good on her for trying. I am sure others have doe the same, found what they think are results and reported them as well – her name happens to be well-known.

  4. Stephanie • March 20, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

    Why not go and look? I’m not a fan of her personally but there always is that “what if?” What if she’s right? What if that actually is oil and the plane? Would it not be worth going and just making sure? You never know. I think it’s worth a shot, definitely.

  5. Jeannieb • March 20, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

    People, including Courtney, have done terrible and/or stupid things that deserve criticism but accepting a public INVITATION to help in a search for missing humans (including two babies) is not one of them.

  6. Robin • March 20, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

    @Stephanie: Because she’s looking at a piece of ocean that is a mile away from where they last tracked it. They now know that the plane flew for another 7 hours at least from the last time the pilot communicated, so it would be nowhere near that area. Also, there’s nothing in the photo. If the plane went down there, it would not be visible from the surface; it would be miles below on the bottom of the ocean. Unfortunately, planes rarely float or hover along the surface. They should really look into fixing that.

  7. Snepts • March 21, 2014 @ 4:26 AM

    If anyone can find that plane, it’s Courtney.

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