A panel of aviation experts gathered together for an Australian TV show believe that they have found an answer to one of the most baffling questions surrounding the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 mystery. As part of a special for the program 60 Minutes Australia, group of specialists from different countries around the world put forward the compelling argument that the disappearance of MH370 was not simply an accident and, in fact, was the result of something far more sinister. According to the analysis of the experts, the infamous airliner was most likely deliberately brought down by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who was the pilot of the craft.
There appear to be two key factors in the flight record from MH370 that led them to this somewhat sensational conclusion. First, they point to the airliner crossing back and forth between the airspace of Malaysia and Thailand. This, the panel contends, appears to have been intentionally done in order to fly under the proverbial radar of those tasked with keeping an eye on the skies for their respective country. A seasoned pilot such as Shah, they noted, would both be cognizant of this clandestine method for flying as well as able to pull it off.
They also noted a rather eerie detail from the data which seems to strengthen the suspicion that Shah was on some kind of twisted suicide mission. A pair of turns of the plane to the left as it was flying over Malaysia have proven to be somewhat inexplicable to the experts, but then they noticed that the maneuvers happened to take place over the pilot's hometown. "It might be a long, emotional goodbye or a short, emotional goodbye," said a Boeing 777 pilot who participated in the program and spotted the oddity.
Looking further into the mystery, the panel proposed that the Shah was in control of the aircraft until its ultimate descent into the ocean, which probably occurred an additional 115 miles beyond where search efforts have been held. Although a scant amount of debris from the craft has been found, the group noted that the condition of what has been recovered so far could be another clue that the pilot purposely crashed it into the ocean and that it did not slam down on its own.
Although the group advocated for adjusting the search method with this new hypothesis in mind, since it may be the best shot at actually finding the lost aircraft, not everyone is convinced of their findings. The sister of one MH370 passenger largely dismissed the theory as being based on "assumption and supposition and opinion." And, as one might expect, the pilot's family disagrees with the idea that their loved one could have caused the crash on purpose and called for further attempts to find the plane which may, they hope, clear his name.
Coast Insiders can explore the MH370 case by checking out Richard Belzer's 3/10/2015 appearance on the program to discuss Someone is Hiding Something, the book he co-authored with George Noory about the case. Not a Coast Insider yet? Sign up today.