Aviation experts believe the pilot of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 selected a route that enabled him to fly the plane without being detected on a radar before committing suicide.
The experts hypothesized in a Sunday panel discussion on 9 News Australia that MH370 Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah orchestrated an elaborate murder-suicide attempt when the plane disappeared.
“He was killing himself; unfortunately, he was killing everybody else on board, and he did it deliberately,” Larry Vance, a former senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said.
The experts agreed that Shah intentionally depressurized the plane, knocking unconscious all the passengers on board not wearing oxygen masks. They explained this could be the cause for the odd silence on board the plane as it veered off its scheduled route.
“It did the job because we know, as a fact, that the military did not come and intercept the aircraft,” Boeing 777 pilot and instructor Simon Hardy said.
Hardy said the suicide attempt theory could explain the plane’s unexpected left turn towards the late airline pilot’s hometown of Penang.
The flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Bejing, China, disappeared March 8, 2014, and is thought to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean—killing all 239 people on board. Because of the mysterious circumstances behind the flight, investigators from several different countries spent millions of dollars trying to locate the wreckage of the aircraft.
This is not the first time the suicide theory has surfaced to explain the crash. Malaysian officials confirmed in 2016 that Shah’s flight simulator, which he used for flight training while at home, logged a flight path with a destination in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The discovery of this odd flight path aroused suspicions that the pilot had been plotting suicide.