One in 10 Americans blame 'space aliens' for disappearance of flight MH370

By James Griffiths, May 8, 2014

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A poll by CNN has found that one in 10 Americans believe 'space aliens' were involved in the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370

CNN, which has committed in recent months to all Malaysia Airlines all the time, asked respondents if they thought the search for the missing plane should continue. Roughly half of those polled thought it should, but that searchers were looking in the wrong place. 

The CNN/ORC International poll comes nearly two months after the March 8 disappearance of the plane carrying 239 people. The Beijing-bound flight took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Nearly eight in 10 respondents, or 79%, think there are no survivors.

Slightly more than half of all Americans -- or 52% -- believe that the general public will eventually find out what occurred, but 46% say that the fate of the missing airliner will always remain a mystery.

Related: A guide to the craziest Malaysia Airlines flight 370 conspiracy theories 

Some two-thirds of respondents say it is very likely (26%) or somewhat likely (40%) that the disappearance was due to actions taken by the pilots or crew members.

Terrorists were likely involved in the disappearance, according to 57% of the respondents. Separately, when asked whether mechanical failure or an accident was behind the disappearance, 52% said that was likely versus 46% who answered not likely.

Fewer Americans -- about 42% -- think hijackers may have been involved, while 9% believe that space aliens or beings from another dimension were involved.

Five Thiry Eight found that in the months since the disappearance of the plane, CNN has used the words "Flight 370" 13,348 times or about once every six minutes. 

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