MH370 conspiracy theories resurface amid explosive new claims about pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines jet

CLAIMS the pilot of missing flight MH370 deliberately ditched the plane into the sea have prompted renewed efforts to try and explain the bizarre disappearance.

Experts now believe "troubled and lonely" Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately killed all 238 on board the Malaysian Airlines jet.

It's alleged he soared to 40,000ft so his jet would depressurise and passengers would die of suffocation before he crashed it into the Indian Ocean.

Aviation sleuths say  Shah steered the Boeing 777 off course before either waiting for the jet to run out of fuel or even deliberately nose-diving it into the water so it disintegrated on impact.

The new claims are revealed by respected aviation expert William Langewiesche.

Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

What happened to the plane has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

The disappearance has caused a slew of theories – some more realistic than others.

Here are a few of the explanations which have been flying about over the years…

Hero pilot ditched burning plane into sea

THE hero pilot of MH370 crashed his burning plane into the sea to avoid a densely-populated city, according to one investigator.

Aussie aviation expert Michael Gilbert reckons pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah sacrificed the missing jet after it was set ablaze mid-flight.

And in a moment of extreme sacrifice, Gilbert claims he ditched the doomed Boeing 777 into the sea to avoid causing mass casualties on land.

He said: “A windshield heater fire can explain both the loss of the transponder signal and the interruption to the satellite communications link.

“At the first sign of smoke, a burning smell or a fire, the crew’s initial reaction would have been to don their oxygen masks.

“I suspect that the captain got out of his seat to retrieve the cockpit fire extinguisher and fight the fire."

Pilot deliberately put plane into 'death dive'

WRECKAGE from the flight was cited as evidence by some that the plane was crashed into the ocean on purpose.

Analysis of a wing flap, which washed ashore in Tanzania, suggests the plane plunged into the sea in a ‘death dive’.

Experts have said the wing flap was not deployed at the time of impact, ruling out a controlled crash landing.

It was also revealed that the pilot who flew MH370 had practised crashing a plane into the Indian Ocean on a simulator just weeks before it disappeared.

Captain Zaharie  used an elaborate home-built flight simulator to steer himself over the Strait of Malacca and into the remote southern Indian ocean.

The route he took was chillingly similar to the one the missing plane took the day it vanished from the sky in March 2014.

His family have always rejected the claims.

Fateful toilet break led to tragedy

AN unfortunately-timed bathroom break could have doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a book claimed last year.

Aviation journalist Christine Negroni has suggested the plane’s pilot may have taken a break leaving a first officer with limited flight experience in control of the aircraft .

In her book The Crash Detectives she theorises that an explosive decompression sucked air out of the cabin, setting the flight on course for disaster, the New York Post has reported.

If this happened she says the pilot would have had 15 to 30 seconds to put on an oxygen mask before losing his mental acuity.

When deprived of oxygen the human brain's ability to think and reason is quickly and massively compromised.

Ms Negroni suspects something could have also been wrong with the cockpit oxygen system, which had been serviced just before the flight.

If this did happen, even if the First Officer had been able to put on his oxygen mask he still wouldn't have been able to think clearly.

Pilot's 'murder suicide' as marriage crumbled

A FRIEND of the pilot has alleged the pilot struggled in his marriage, cheating on his wife with flight attendants and becoming obsessed with following models on social media.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was piloting the Boeing 777 in 2014 when it disappeared on its flight path from Kuala Lumpar to Beijing.

peaking to The Atlantic, a man claiming to be a fellow 777 pilot and 'lifelong friend' of Shah's admits that he 'reluctantly' agrees with that theory, and thinks that the captain's supposed marital problems could have been a contributing factor to his emotional state.

The fellow captain, whose name has been omitted from the article 'because of possible repercussions' claims his pal's marriage was 'bad'.

“Zaharie’s marriage was bad. In the past he slept with some of the flight attendants."

However, the pilot also makes it clear that this isn't unusual for those who work in aviation, and alleges Captain Shah's wife knew about his supposed infidelities.

"And so what? We all do [sleep with flight attendants]. You’re flying all over the world with these beautiful girls in the back.

Horror fire 'incinerated cockpit'

ONE shocking theory suggests a fire in MH370’s cockpit incinerated the pilot, leaving passengers in a 12-minute death plunge aboard the out-of-control plane.

he terrible accident would have happened 40 minutes into the flight, after it reached cruising altitude, according to journalist Ean Higgins’ new book, The Hunt for MH370.

The author said the theory was put to him by amateur aviation sleuth, Mick Gilbert, though there is no evidence to suggest it actually occurred.

Trained for just such emergencies, the pilots could then don their oxygen masks, and cut power to the short-circuiting heater.

In the process, though they were not to know it, the pilots could turn off the satellite data unit that makes the electronic handshakes with satellites.

Shocking 'ghost plane' theory

THE co-pilot of flight MH370 may have been the only person alive on the 'ghost plane' in the hours before it crashed into the sea, an expert has claimed.

Aviation writer Christine Negroni believes the doomed jet may have suddenly depressurised during its final deadly flight from Malaysia to China.

And she believes the Boeing 777-200's captain – Zaharie Ahmad Shah – may have been on a break at the time leaving Fariq Abdul Hamid at the controls.

The author suspects Fariq failed to stop the plane's final descent after suffering from hypoxia – when the brain is starved of oxygen.

However because he was the only one in the cockpit, Negroni believes he lived longer than the rest of those on board- leaving the plane to fly under its own steam.

The author of 'The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters', told the Daily Star Online: "The plane starts heading south. Whatever that time period is, that's the period of time I believe he went unconscious."

Batteries turned jet into 'fireball'

FLIGHT MH370 would have turned into a flying fireball if batteries being carried in its hold exploded and engulfed the fuselage, a pilot claims.

Retired United Airlines captain Ross Aimer, who has 40 years of flying experience, believes this might be why it has never been found.

e believes even a "hard shake" of the batteries could have sparked a horror blaze during the doomed flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The CEO of Aero Consulting Experts told Daily Star Online: "There have been several other fires that were attributed to lithium-ion batteries.

"They are a very unstable type and once it starts running away it's almost impossible to put it out.

"It could be as simple as a hard shake. Sometimes for absolutely for no other reason (they catch fire)."

Mechanical failure with the Boeing 777

BOEING 777s have one of the best safety records in the skies and investigators found no evidence of defects.

The report found: “The aircraft was well-maintained.”

During a search along a beach in Madagascar a piece of burnt panelling was discovered by one amateur investigator, suggesting a fire on board.

But this find has never been confirmed to have come from the lost plane.

In fact, of more than 20 items of potential debris found only three have been confirmed as coming from MH370 and none showed evidence of a fire.

These pieces were an engine nose washed up on a South African beach, a wing part found off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and another fragment off nearby Mauritius.

However, none of the jet debris showed evidence of fire.

And, of course, the bizarre conspiracies

MH370’s disappearance has also given rise to a slew of conspiracy theories.

A few of the more outlandish explanations include:

1.President Vladimir Putin was accused of being involved in the hijacking of MH370. by a US Science writer. Jeff Wise claimed Putin “spoofed” the plane’s navigation data so it could fly unnoticed into Baikonur Cosmodrome  so he could “hurt the West”.

2. French ex-airline director Marc Dugain accused the US military of shooting down the plane because they feared it had been hijacked. A book called Flight MH370 – The Mystery also suggested that it had been shot down accidentally by US-Thai joint jet fighters suring a military exercise and then covered it up.

3. Malaysia police chief Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar suggested that the crash could have been suicide. He said that someone on-board could have taken out a large life insurance package before getting on the plane, so they could treat their family or pay back money they owed.

4. Hijackers wrestled control of flight MH370, hacked its data system and flew it to Kazakhstan may still be alive, a wild new conspiracy theory claims. A book suggested the jet’s Satellite Data Unit (SDU) may have been tampered with.

5. The missing plane may have landed and then taken off again, according to one aviation expert. The mystery flight went “dark” for 73 minutes not long after taking off from Kuala Lumpur towards Beijing with 239 people on board.

6. One author claimed the pilot may have parachuted from the passenger jet to start a  new life with his mistress. He claimed the pair then started a new life using stolen identities.

7. The jet was hijacked so the organs of passengers on-board could be harvested, a conspiracy theorist has claimed. And Darlene Tipton claims the aircraft was hijacked so the passengers' organs could be harvested.


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