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Malaysian Airlines Captain Crashed Flight on Purpose, Aviation Expert Says

Malaysian Airlines Captain Crashed Flight on Purpose, Aviation Expert Says
Jackie Reddy

The cause of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has never been identified, but a piece by aviation expert William Langewiesche brings to light a new possible theory for the demise of the Boeing 777. It posits that MH370’s captain locked his co-pilot from the cockpit before ditching the flight.

While the cause of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has never been identified, The Atlantic has brought forward a new possible theory for the disappearance of the Boeing 777 in March of 2014.

In a piece written by aviation expert William Langewiesche, the outlet reports that the captain of the Beijing-bound flight, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, locked co-pilot Fariq Hamid out of the flight’s cockpit prior to purposely ditching MH370 into the ocean.

This claim, which was brought to light by an unidentified friend of Shah, says that this scenario is “the necessary conclusion” to the cause of the crash of MH370.

When asked by the outlet how Shah could have gotten Hamid to leave the cockpit, the friend, a fellow pilot, replied, “That’s easy. Zaharie was an examiner. All he had to say was ‘Go check something in the cabin,’ and the guy would have been gone.

Speaking of the motive behind this possibility, he hinted that Shah’s personal life was in disarray at the time of the crash. “Zaharie’s marriage was bad,” he added.

It is posited that Shah could, theoretically, have then depressurized the plane and turned off its electrical system but donned an oxygen mask in order to keep flying the craft.

The official cause of the crash of MH370 remains undetermined, but it is believed that the plane continued to operate until its fuel reserves were depleted and it crashed into the Indian Ocean, killing all 239 onboard.

[Featured Image: Wikimedia/ Laurent Errera]

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  1. FlyingNone

    June 18, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Worth reading —– An extremely well-written article covering all the logical scenarios of which one can come to a believable conclusion (of several). At the same time the writer’s summation is that, realistically, there will never be a definitive final answer as to exactly what happened.

  2. SarcasticMisanthrope

    June 19, 2019 at 5:48 am

    We will never know what caused that crash. People can speculate till the cows come home.

  3. bagwell

    June 19, 2019 at 6:49 am

    this appears to be what happened IMO – sad that this guy killed so many innocent people just to kill himself. RIP to all the victims. Hopefully they didn’t suffer.

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