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Planes falling out of the sky near Australia due to secret technologies. I know, it sounds like something out of Lost, but the real story might be almost as interesting. Last night I was watching the news, when they mentioned that two separate aeroplanes have gone into steep dives due to technical malfunctions, both near the same location in Western Australia. Then they didn’t say any more about it. I thought to myself, “that seems rather odd, why didn’t they say more about this apparent coincidence?” Then this morning Rick sent this article to me, which suggests that a U.S. military base may hold the key to the mystery:

Powerful signals from a secretive naval base are being probed as a possible cause of a Qantas jet plunge last week… The Australian Transport Safety Bureau today said it would examine whether powerful electromagnetic signals from the communications base could have sparked the emergency.

The base uses powerful low frequency radio transmissions to US Navy and Australian Navy ships and submarines. It is understood to be the most powerful transmission station this side of the globe and includes 13 radio towers, the tallest of which is 387m tall.

…ATSB spokesman David Hope confirmed the new line of inquiry today, after “several” groups had raised it as a possibility. “We’re looking at everything as part of a very thorough investigation,” Mr Hope said. “That’s been raised by a number of people to say that somehow or another this US military base has got a very high frequency signal tower there and that could somehow interfere with electrical devices – so we’ll look at it.”

Now for your daily dose of strange: I commented to Rick that the story sounds like something the Dharma Initiative would be behind. Then I saw the satellite image of the base. As Scooby Doo might say, ruh-roh…

Okay, so it’s an octagon versus a hexagon. Don’t spoil my fun dammit! I want to believe!