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BOISE -- As the search continues for the missing Malaysian plane, new theories arise.

Investigators now say there's a chance the plane's disappearance was an act of piracy.

Also, the possibility that a pilot or someone with flying experience hijacked the plane and intentionally crashed it.

On Friday, an Idaho author entered the national discussion.

Alan Heathcock joined NPR's weekly segment relating major new events to literature.

We caught up with Heathcock after his piece on All Things Considered aired Friday afternoon.

It's not a Malaysian story, it's a human story and I'm here in Idaho and have a perspective on it is great, said Heathcock.

On the show, Heathcock shared his thought on why this story has captured so many.

It has to do with our fear of disappearing or having a loved one disappear, said Heathcock.

Heathcock was asked to relate the story to a book and chose Hatchet.

It's a youth novel about a teenage boy stranded when his plane went down in the Canadian wilderness.

He says both deal with a reality we're not used to in this constantly connected world -- being isolated.

When that technology fails us I feel like it really scares us and makes us take notice, said Heathcock.

Heathcock hopes his message is a meaningful reminder -- to never take life for granted.

This story lends itself for us to have a discussion about what it means to be present and what it means to disappear in our own lives, said Heathcock.

Heathcock's segment on Friday got such great reviews that he will be a regular opinion contributor on All Things Considered.

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