Ok, obviously inspired by recent events.
I want to state right up front that I don’t think this is what happened.
Is it possbile that a pilot or crew, once sufficiently out of range, could turn off the transponders and divert to a runway somewhere and essentialy steal the plane? Naturally i am talking abouut a large passenger jet. One would need a cooperating place to land, but i wonder how hard it would be to carve out a serviceable runway in some forgotten corner somewhere, or possibly repurpose an old military strip, Or maybe even a small cooperative airport in one of the lawless parts of the world.
It would fit with the facts we have. No sign of trouble, sudden change of course, and no sign of a crash.
I would love to hear about plausability and any speculation on how it might be done.
ETA: sorry for the punctuation errors. I hate typing on a tablet, and I find trying to move the cursor around to fix errors infuriating.