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MH370 Pilot Planned Suicide Route Before Crash

A document obtained by New York Magazine reveals some troubling new insights into the actions of the pilot of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

An internal document from the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 obtained by New York Magazine is casting fresh suspicion on Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah. According to a report published on Friday, the confidential Malaysian police memo confirms that investigators uncovered highly suspicious activity on the elaborate flight simulator in Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s home. The new information reportedly indicates that the veteran pilot practiced a route using a location and scenario eerily similar to circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Flight MH370.

The Daily Intelligencer reported that the pilot practiced a “suicide route” over the Indian Ocean just weeks before he piloted the doomed flight on March 8, 2014. The simulated flight and Flight 370 are said to have both departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and each made an unexpected and unannounced turn to the South after clearing land. The simulator practice flight reportedly ended with the aircraft running out of fuel in a remote part of the Indian Ocean near where the search for the actual missing Malaysia Airlines plane continues to this day.

While the data in the flight simulator varies in some ways to what investigators know about MH370, many of the details are remarkably similar to what is believed to have occurred during the final hours aboard the missing plane. An excerpt from the police document notes only that the suspicious practice flight “could be of interest.”

Meanwhile, according to CNN, Malaysian officials who have not publicly confirmed the authenticity of the documents or indicated that the Captain is suspected to be complicit in the plane’s disappearance have announced today that the search for the missing aircraft will be called off if no progress is made soon. There are reportedly fewer than 10,000 square kilometers left in the search area where officials expected to find the missing plane.

[Photo: Daily Mail]

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Chopstyx August 2, 2016

The NY Mag article by Jeff Wise is a deceptive hoax. Jeff Wise cites alleged simulator co-ordinates on Zaharie's X-Plane simulator which are actually an invalid data entry. The Latitude is 10 digits and the Longitude is 11 digits. X-Planes does not permit asymmetrical co-ordinates and does not permit more than 10 digits so the report if it is even a real report at all, is fabricating false evidence against the pilot.

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AADFW July 27, 2016

I think Charlotte certainly got the first part correct. My hypothesis is that he de-pressurized the aircraft then flew it very high whilst using supplemental O2. Once everyone on board was dead (within minutes) he continued on and committed suicide in the Indian Ocean. I believe he did this because suicide is strongly frowned upon in Malaysia society, and because he thought that his family would receive financial benefits in the wake of the plane's disappearance. What he did not count on and probably was unaware of was the fact that the 777's engines broadcast limited position information -- a feature that cannot be easily "turned off" by a pilot.

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JMGPhila July 24, 2016

Charlotte, yeahhhh... So, you are going with the DB Cooper scenario? I know that Cooper Vanes were designed for things such as this. Even the slightest residual pressure differential is way too much for someone to force. Airline pilots have explained that there is more than just "doors manual" that needs to be changed. There are redundancies that keep the door closed, anyways. I certainly also doubt that if the door could be forced ajar, let lone open for exit, that the pilot would have enough time on oxygen to do all of this. Really, I think that the recent German Wings suicide plan is more feasible, here. You think? First Officer (vice-versa) goes to the bathroom, other operator locks him/her out? Either that or the other operator was attacked or he/she was part of the plan. I do doubt the latter.

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CharlotteYork July 24, 2016

Shortly after the plane disappeared, the media reported the airplane had flown to an extreme elevation for a short period of time and then flew rather low when it flew across Malaysia on its way to the ocean. I've often wondered if the pilot took the plane up in order to incapacitate the passengers and co-pilot and then purposefully flew it low across Malaysia in order to attempt to parachute to the ground. Of course, he would have had to set the auto-pilot to continue flying until it ran out of gas in a remote ocean location to minimize the chance of finding the plane. This would evade discovery that the cock-pit did not contain the pilots remains as expected... Why do investigators speculate the pilot had a suicide plan. Perhaps he is still alive and living anonymously.

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wolf72 July 24, 2016

Never heard of New York Magazine and will not count on it being a reliable source of information. And you are quoting CNN? Seriously?