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Aviation Experts Believe MH370 Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane

Aviation Experts Believe MH370 Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane

These experts believe he “depressurized the plane, knocking out anyone who wasn’t wearing an oxygen mask,” which would “explain the silence from the plane as it veered wildly off course.”

Four years ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) crashed into the Indian Ocean. No one has found the plane or bodies of the 239 people who perished on the flight. Some debris washed on shore in France and Africa.

Now aviation experts have said that the pilot deliberately crashed the plane.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, piloted the plane. These experts believe he “depressurized the plane, knocking out anyone who wasn’t wearing an oxygen mask,” which would “explain the silence from the plane as it veered wildly off course.”

From The Washington Post:

But the “60 Minutes” team — which included aviation specialists, the former Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief in charge of investigating MH370’s crash, and an oceanographer — put forth what they believe is the most likely theory.

“The thing that gets discussed the most is that at the point where the pilot turned the transponder off, that he depressurized the airplane, which would disable the passengers,” said Larry Vance, a veteran aircraft investigator from Canada. “He was killing himself. Unfortunately, he was killing everyone else onboard. And he did it deliberately.”

Vance noted the debris people found because the pieces show “that the pilot actually had control and that it was not a high speed crash” like the wing washed up in Africa: “The front of it would be pressed in and hollow. The water would invade inside and it would just explode from the inside. So this piece would not even exist.”

Boeing 777 senior pilot and instructor Simon Hardy said that Zaharie’s “unexpected turn to the left” helps the suicide theory:

“Captain Zaharie dipped his wing to see Penang, his home town,” Simon Hardy, a Boeing 777 senior pilot and instructor, said on “60 Minutes.”

“If you look very carefully, you can see it’s actually a turn to the left, and then start a long turn to the right. And then [he does] another left turn. So I spent a long time thinking about what this could be, what technical reason is there for this, and, after two months, three months thinking about this, I finally got the answer: Someone was looking out the window.”

“It might be a long, emotional goodbye,” Hardy added. “Or a short, emotional goodbye to his home town.”

So Hardy believes the Zaharie had complete control of the plane until the end, even though others have a “death dive” scenario with no one in control. After all, Zaharie flew that extra 115 miles, which has led Hardy to believe that the crash “was a mission by one of the crew to hide the aircraft as far away from civilization as possible” and “puts us way outside the search area.”

From WaPo:

But the “60 Minutes” experts tried to answer one of the biggest questions surrounding the flight: How could a modern aircraft tracked by radar and satellites simply disappear?

Because, they say, Zaharie wanted it to. And the veteran pilot, who had nearly 20,000 hours of flight experience and had built a flight simulator in his home, knew exactly how to do it.

For example, at one point, he flew near the border of Malaysia and Thailand, crisscrossing into the airspace of both, Hardy said. But neither country was likely to see the plane as a threat because it was on the edge of their airspace.

“Both of the controllers aren’t bothered about this mysterious aircraft because, oh, it’s gone, it’s not in our space anymore,” Hardy said. “If you were commissioning me to do this operation and try to make a 777 disappear, I would do the same thing. As far as I’m concerned, it’s very accurate flying, and it did the job.”

Chinese, Australian, and Malaysian officials called off the search in January 2017.

In December 2016, Australia’s Transportation Safety Bureau suggested that officials expand the search area. These officials discovered “that a review of the data used to estimate where the plane crashed, coupled with new information on ocean currents, strongly suggested the plane hit the water in a 9,700-square mile area directly north of the search zone.”

Australia’s government said no way because “the results of the experts’ analysis weren’t precise enough to justify continuing the hunt.”

Former military pilot and former chief pilot at easyJet Mike Keane thinks based on the analysis from 60 Minutes that the government “should abandon its ‘ghost flight’ theory,” which states that no one had control of the plane:

“You may recall my observation of ‘complicity to a crime’ if the ATSB cling to their version of events when they have knowledge to the contrary,” Keane told the Australian. “Put bluntly, the MH370 ‘crash’ is undoubtedly a crime of the unlawful killing of 238 innocent people. The Australian government has also been remiss, they should have put pressure on the ATSB to listen, and act, on professional advice from the aviation community.”


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Imagine he killed the very young co pilot

The scenario is exactly what I thought

Why couldn’t this a$$hole just have rented a plan and flown out to sea and not come back… all those innocent people, children…

Henry Hawkins | May 15, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Murder/suicide on this scale is the sign of a huge, pathological, malignant ego.

Not just that, but also that when he ditched the plane, he did it in the Diamantina Deep, which means it’ll never be found, and none of it will ever be recovered. The plane and everything in it, including the black box, would be crushed by the pressure at those depths. (He had the Diamantina Deep on his home flight simulator.)

    alaskabob in reply to maxmillion. | May 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    By the time the plane settled on the floor of the ocean a lot of the plane would be recognizable. You are right he didn’t want the plane to be found.

This not the first time a Muslim pilot has deliberately crashed his airliner full of passengers. NEVER trust a Muslim with your safety or anything else.

This was more than just a suicide. It was a statement. If the pilot had simply wanted to kill himself, even if he wanted to make a statement, then he could have crashed the plane on dry land. he did not. Once in a sustained dive, he would rapidly reach the point where he could not avoid a terminal impact due to speed. Instead, the aircraft simply disappeared. The big question has always been where. So far, from the very few pieces of wreckage, which have been tentatively identified as likely belonging to the missing aircraft, The currents could have picked the wreckage up in the northeast or north central portion of the Indian Ocean between Diego Garcia and the Seychelles. This would account for the wreckage ending up in Tanzania, Madagascar and South Africa and why none washed up in Australia or Indonesia, where currents from the suspected Australian crash area would travel first.

They offered this one months ago.

It was dumb then, and it’s dumb now.

The suicide scenario has been postulated for other crashes (though not demonstrated, at least by any accident investigation report I’ve read), but hiding the wreckage is just silly.

They can’t find a few tens of square miles of debris, and don’t want to admit it.

“Some debris washed on shore in France . . . .” France??? Really?

The Friendly Grizzly | May 16, 2018 at 12:26 am

How did wreckage get all the way to France?

Latus Dextro | May 16, 2018 at 1:30 am

It remains a theory, expert or otherwise.
Meantime: “Malaysian Airlines confirmed that the flight had been carrying lithium-ion batteries in its cargo hold a few weeks after the disappearance after previously denying it was carrying any dangerous cargo.”

NavyMustang | May 16, 2018 at 5:45 am

If you consider Reunion Island to be France rather than a territory of France, then I guess you’re right about parts washing up on the coast of France.

I work for the FAA and I have heard nothing that any parts of the plane were found in France proper.

And I guess the “experts” could easily be right. It’s as plausible as most anything else. But barring any hard evidence proving this, I’ve found it’s a good policy to believe practically nothing that “experts” declare.

I’m still going with the alien grab theory…

buckeyeminuteman | May 16, 2018 at 7:50 am

I remember at the time a CNN news anchor discussing the possibility that the plane had been hit by a meteor…Can’t remember why my eyes were looking at CNN, I think I was in a waiting room or something.

    rinardman in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | May 16, 2018 at 9:15 am

    CNN also discussed the possibility that it disappeared into a black hole.

    Or, maybe it was hit by a meteor…which knocked it into a black hole.

    Hey, it could happen.

What’s with all the “thumbs downs” in this thread? Unless I’m missing something, there doesn’t seem to be anything offensive about such comments as, “Imagine he killed the very young co pilot[.] The scenario is exactly what I thought”, or “[W]hen he ditched the plane, he did it in the Diamantina Deep, which means it’ll never be found….” I find these comments interesting at best and innocuous at worst, yet for some reason, someone took the trouble to “dislike” them.

Whatever, maybe someone is feeling cranky, or keeps mistaking “thumbs down” for the “Reply” button.

(P.S. Please feel free to “dislike” this comment, and help me enter the Guinness Book of World Records with the most “thumbs down” ever received by a single post.)

The statement over my desk says “Never ascribe to malice that easily explained by stupidity.” A pilot friend also told me that their response to an emergency is to” aviate, navigate, and communicate in that order.”

With 370, my explanation is similar to that of Paine Stewart’s bizjet. About 99% of airline miles are flown on autopilot these days. Once the plane rotates, nearly all flying is done by turning knobs and pushing buttons on the flight control. So, once a problem is detected in the cockpit, the pilot locates the nearest suitable airport, which can be behind them as well, they punch in the VOR of the destination. So they are up to navigate, but then the suspected electrical fire either takes out the radio or incapacitates the cabin occupants. Hence, they never reach communicate. When they punched in the VOR, they likely cleared the whole sequence, so once the plane reaches that location, it just continues, maintaining altitude and heading until the fuel runs out. It this case, the heading back to the major airport also directs them to the middle of nowhere. That is my simple, apolitical, explanation. But I also see evidence to support a political motive, such as a postulated shallow crash angle, except that I have to go back to the classic line in Dr. Strangelove, “why didn’t you tell anyone about it?” Were it not for this post, I’d pretty much forgotten that 370 even existed. Not exactly what a martyr wants.

If I’m flying cross-country (USA), how do I know who the pilot is?
how do I know his religion? his background? his recent conversion (if any)?