Is Malaysia Flight 370 in a chop shop? A 777 costs roughly $300 million. Given that scarcity drives up prices, the parts from a 777 would be worth at least $100 million in the aftermarket. There is a motive for the plane to vanish, leave no trace, and have flown so dramatically off course! If my theory is correct, the search of the Malacca straights will find nothing. I would start looking at abandoned/closed airfields in that region with large hangers.