In an eerie blog post about two weeks ago, a mysterious Chinese man had warned that an AirAsia plane was going to disappear or meet a tragic end. And about a fortnight later, AirAisa flight QZ8501 disappeared from the air traffic control radar system on the morning of 27 December.
The post has gone viral on social media and discussion forums such as Reddit, with people reacting in astonishment on how the person could have predicted it. The man behind the post apparently explains that the same people who brought down MH370 were going to attack another Malaysian airlines flight or an AirAsia plane.
The post alleges that an organisation called "The International Black Hand" is behind the disappearance of the airplanes. Black Hand is the term that is understood to be a metaphor for the shadowy organisation that does its work behind the scenes, or it may refer to a number of underground, anarchic organisations, many of which have ties to Islamist groups.
"Black Hand hijacked and shot down MH370 and MH17. This has pretty much killed the 6th largest airline -- Malaysian airline," the post read, according to a loose translation by a Reddit member.
"Now the Black Hand is targeting AirAsia to ruin this airline because it too belongs to Malaysia. Given how powerful the Black Hand is, I suggest that all Chinese planning to travel, should avoid AirAsia, so that you don't disappear like those on MH370," it read.
"You could be happily vacationing, working, or studying aboard, but if you go on Malaysian airline or AirAsia, you're dead, be careful everyone," he warned urging people to inform all their family members and friends to avoid Malaysian airline and AirAsia.
When asked by blog followers how he could he be confident about this and when another person made a joke calling him a 'conspiracy nut, the poster who recognised himself as 'Landlord' replied: "All you civilians get away from the airline. You can still hide, all those who can see the post can still save themselves... Don't be a victim, go hide. Avoid Malaysian airline and AirAsia. Life is precious and your safety is important (sic)," he urged.
The Chinese version of the Epoch Times also notes the warning put forward by the mysterious 'Landlord'. Not much is known about this person, but there is an ongoing conspiracy theory that the man in question is a Chinese intelligence official, or a hacker who got sensitive information and was trying to save as many people as possible without creating a big ruckus.
The person appeared to be desperate to reach out with the message to as many people as possible as he is was reportedly spamming the thread, repeatedly warning people about the impending attack. He had stopped posting the message only a few days before flight QZ8501 disappeared, it has been noted.