Offering their comments on Australia’s 60 Minutes program, a panel of aviation experts say that MH370 was deliberately crashed into the Indian Ocean as part of a “murder-suicide.” Over four years after it vanished into the sea, an official reason has not been given for the demise of MH370.
After over four years of speculation regarding the final fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a panel of experts have posited that the Boeing 777 was crashed into the Indian Ocean by its captain, Zaharie Amad Shah. It is alleged that Shah’s actions were intentionally executed as part of what has been termed a “murder-suicide” plan, the IBTimes reports.
The panel – which included aviation safety expert Captain John Cox as well as Larry Vance, formerly a senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and Martin Dolan, the former chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) – offered their comments on Australian current affairs show 60 Minutes late last weekend. Dolan was chief commissioner of the ATSB when MH370 disappeared in March 2014.
Dolan was quoted by the IBTimes as saying, “This was planned, this was deliberate, and it was done over an extended period of time.” It is believed that Captain Shah’s choice of crash site – located in a remote part of the Indian Ocean – was intentionally chosen in order to evade detection by air traffic controllers in Malaysia and Thailand.
While the cause of MH370’s demise is still unknown, the claims made by this expert panel echo recent comments made by John Dawson.
Speaking to News Corp Australia, Dawson, a lawyer who has represented families impacted by both the crash of MH370 as well as that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, said, “In MH370, you have the pilot flying between Malaysia and Beijing who turns back the aircraft. The evidence is so heavily weighted to involvement by one of the aircrew taking this aircraft down…That aircraft has probably depressurized, the people died of asphyxiation, it was premeditated murder.”
While the official search for MH370 has been suspended since January 2017, private operations continue under an American company called Ocean Infinity.