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A ‘murder-suicide plot’ behind MH370 disappearance says top air crash investigators

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It is a murder-suicide plot with the pilot and his first officer as the persons responsible for the disappearance of the MH370 flight.

This is what two leading air accident experts have in mind after studying the “strange” course of the aeroplane after it was diverted from its route to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

One of them, not short of sensationalism, is saying he knows where the plane has crashed and that the pilot’s movements show the Malaysia Airlines plane was being followed.

Top aviation safety investigator and former pilot John Cox stated during the Sky News documentary MH370: The Final Search, which aired on Wednesday night, that the loss of MH370 was not an accident.

‘I think the evidence is pretty overwhelming that the aeroplane could not have flown the route it did with all the respective turns without that being a commandeered manoeuvre.’ Cox told News Corp Australia.

Both pilot and first officer suspected

He went on to say that the route had to have been flown by someone with professional knowledge and competence, which led him to believe that the pilot and First Officer were to blame for the flight’s course.

Cox stated that the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was the only person on board with the competence and experience to stop the datalink system on MH370.

As a result, Cox does not believe the co-pilot, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, played a part in the disappearance.

Cox says present theories about the whereabouts and what happened to the flight are not supported by evidence.

He told Sky that the plane’s erratic flying path suggests the aeroplane was hijacked by one of the captains.

Meanwhile, Richard Godfrey, a British aerospace expert, says he has determined the precise position of the fateful jet, alleging the pilot’s “unusual” trajectory indicates he was “being followed.”

Mr Godfrey has been using modern tracking technologies to try to answer one of aviation’s greatest mysteries.

He estimates the plane is around 1,200 miles west of Perth, Australia, and is 4,000 metres deep near the base of the Broken Ridge, an underwater plateau with a volcano and ravines in the Indian Ocean’s south-eastern Indian Ocean.

The incident

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a scheduled international passenger flight operated by Malaysia Airlines, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew onboard who are now assumed to be dead.

Before the MH17 disaster, the MH370 was the worst occurrence involving a Boeing 777 and the deadliest in Malaysia Airlines history.

It went missing while travelling from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to its intended destination, Beijing Capital International Airport.

When the flight was over the South China Sea, the crew of the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft last interacted with air traffic control (ATC) roughly 38 minutes after departure.

The plane vanished from ATC radar screens minutes later, but it was monitored by military radar for another hour, veering west from its original flight path and crossing the Malay Peninsula and the Andaman Sea.

The search

It is the biggest modern-day aviation mystery that must be solved.

But two large-scale searches of the Indian Ocean for MH370 have given unsatisfactory findings.

The searches have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and while family members want to find their loved ones, the charges are prohibitively expensive.

More than thirty pieces of aeroplane wreckage have washed up on African coast beaches and Indian Ocean islands.

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