Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured) was the pilot of the convicted flight
DID THE PILOT HIJECT HIS OWN PLANE?
Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah planned a mass murder due to personal issues, locking his co-pilot out of the cockpit, shutting down all communications, depressurizing the main cabin and then disabling the plane so it continued to fly on autopilot until until it runs out of fuel.
This was the popular theory in the weeks following the plane’s disappearance.
Rumors in Kuala Lumpur that his personal issues included a breakup with his wife Fizah Khan and his anger that a relative, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, had been sentenced to five years in prison for sodomy shortly before he did get on the plane for the flight to Beijing.
But the pilot’s wife angrily denied any personal problems and other family members and friends said he was a dedicated family man and loved his job.
This theory was also the conclusion of the first independent study into the disaster by New Zealand air crash investigator Ewan Wilson.
Wilson, the founder of Kiwi Airlines and himself a commercial pilot, came to the shocking conclusion after considering “every conceivable alternative scenario”.
However, he was unable to provide conclusive evidence to support his theory.
The claims are made in the book “Goodnight Malaysian 370”, which Wilson co-authored with New Zealand journalist Geoff Taylor.
There are rumors that Zaharie used a flight simulator at home to plot a path to a remote island.
However, Kuala Lumpur officials said Malaysian police and FBI technical experts found nothing to suggest he planned to hijack the flight after closely examining his flight simulator.
And there are also theories that the tragic disappearance may have been an act of heroic sacrifice on the part of the pilot.
Australian aviation enthusiast Michael Gilbert believes the doomed plane caught fire in mid-flight, forcing the pilot to plot a course away from heavily populated areas.
IF NOT THE PILOT, WAS THE CO-PILOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MYSTERY?
Co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, still for personal issues, was suspected by rumor mills of overpowering the pilot and disabling the plane, causing it to fly to ruin with the crew and passengers unable to through the locked cockpit door.
Theorists have suggested he had relationship issues and this was his dramatic way of taking his own life.
But he was engaged to Captain Nadira Ramli, 26, a fellow pilot from another airline, and loved his job. There is no known reason why he took fatal action.
There have been a series of outlandish theories about the plane’s disappearance
Others have suggested that because he was known to occasionally invite young women into the cockpit during a flight, he did it this time and something went wrong.
Young Jonti Roos said in March that she spent an entire flight in 2011 in the cockpit being entertained by the smoking Hamid.
Interest in the co-pilot was renewed when it was revealed that he was the last person to communicate from the cockpit after the communications system went down.
DID THE RUSSIANS STOLE THE MH370 AND FLY THE JET IN KAZAKHSTAN
An expert has claimed that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was hijacked on the orders of Vladimir Putin and secretly landed in Kazakhstan.
Jeff Wise, an American science writer who led CNN’s coverage of the Boeing 777-200E, based his outlandish theory on pings the plane emitted for seven hours after it disappeared, which were recorded by the telecommunications company British Inmarsat.
Wise believes the hijackers ‘spoofed’ the plane’s navigation data to make it look like it was heading in another direction, but sent it to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is leased to Kazakhstan by Russia.
However, Wise admits to New York Magazine that he doesn’t know why Vladimir Putin would want to fly a plane full of people and that his idea is somewhat “crazy”.
Wise also noted that there were three Russian men on board the flight, two of them holding Ukrainian passports.
Air disaster experts analyzed satellite data and found – like data recorded by Inmarsat – that the plane flew for hours after losing contact.
Careful examination of the evidence revealed that MH370 made three turns after the last radio call, first a left turn, then two more, flying west, then south toward the Antarctic.
MH370 WAS USED BY TERRORISTS FOR SUICIDE ATTACK ON CHINESE NAVY
The extraordinary claim came from British yachtsman Katherine Tee, 41, from Liverpool, whose initial account of what she thought was a plane on fire in the night sky made headlines around the world.
Arriving in Phuket, Thailand, after crossing the Indian Ocean from Cochin, southern India, with her husband, she said: “I could see the outline of the plane – it had the air longer than airplanes usually. There was what appeared to be a stream of black smoke from behind.’
Ms Tee’s general description of the time and place was vague and she lost all credibility when she later stated on her blog that she believed MH370 to be a suicide bomber that targeted a flotilla of Chinese ships and that he was shot down before he could ram the ships.
Without solid evidence from satellite data, she writes on her blog, Saucy Sailoress, the plane she saw was flying low towards the military convoy she and her husband had seen in recent nights. She added that internet searches showed that a Chinese flotilla was in the area at the time.
While debris proved the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, the location of the main underwater wreckage – and its crucial black-box data recorders – remains stubbornly elusive.
THE JET LANDED ON WATER AND WAS SEEN FLOATING IN THE ANDAMAN SEA
On a flight from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur that crossed the Andaman Sea on March 8, Malaysian Raja Dalelah, 53, saw what she believed to be a plane sitting on the surface of the water.
She was unaware of the research that had been started for MH370. She alerted a flight attendant who told her to go back to sleep.
“I was shocked to see what looked like the tail and wing of an airplane on water,” she said.
It wasn’t until she told her friends upon landing in Kuala Lumpur what she had seen that she learned of the missing jet. She had seen the object around 2:30 p.m. Malaysian time.
She said she was able to identify several ships and islands before noticing the silver object which she believed was an airplane.
But his story was mocked by pilots who said it would have been impossible to see part of a plane in the water at 35,000 feet or seven miles.
Ms Raja filed an official report with the police the same day and stuck to her story.
“I know what I saw,” she said.
THE PLANE SUFFERED A CATASTROPHIC SYSTEMS FAILURE AND CRASHED INTO THE OCEAN
A catastrophic event such as a fire disabling much of the equipment led pilots to turn back to the Malaysian peninsula in hopes of landing at the nearest airport.
Satellite data, credible or not, suggests the plane made a turn and theorists say there would be no reason for the pilots to change course unless faced with an emergency.
A fire in a similar Boeing 777 parked at Cairo Airport in 2011 was caused by a problem with the co-pilot’s oxygen mask supply hose.
Stewarts Law, who has litigated in a series of recent air disasters, believes the plane crashed after a fire – similar to the fire on the runway at Cairo airport – broke out in the cockpit.
After an investigation into the Cairo fire, the Egyptian Central Aviation Accident Investigation Directorate (EAAICD) released its final report which revealed that the fire originated near the oxygen mask supply hose of the co-pilot.
The cause of the fire could not be conclusively determined, but investigators identified a problem with the cockpit hose used to provide oxygen to the crew in the event of a decompression.
Following the 2011 fire, US aircraft owners were tasked with replacing the system – it was estimated to cost $2,596 (£1,573) per aircraft. It was unclear whether Malaysia Airlines had made the change.
If one of the pilots wanted to crash the plane, why turn around? So the turnaround suggests they were trying to land as soon as possible due to an emergency.
US SHOT DOWN PLANE FEARING TERRORIST ATTACK ON DIEGO GARCIA
The Boeing 777 was shot down by Americans who feared the plane had been hijacked and was about to be used to attack the US military base on Diego Garcia atoll in the Indian Ocean. That’s what conspiracy theorists claim.
And former French airline director Marc Dugain said he was warned by British intelligence that he was taking risks by investigating from this angle.
There is no way to verify if Dugain received such a warning or why he thinks the Americans shot down the plane.
But in addition to the theory that the plane was flown to Diego Garcia, either by the pilot Zaharie or by a hijacker, there was the claim that on the pilot’s home flight simulator was a “training” flight to the island.
Professor Glees said: ‘Americans would have no interest in doing anything like that and not telling the world.
“In theory, they might want to shoot down a plane they thought was attacking them, but they wouldn’t just fire missiles, they would first investigate with fighters and quickly realize that even if it were to be shot down, the world would need to know.
Mr Rosenschein said: “The United States could not have concealed this fact and, in any event, if it were true, they would have recognized their action because it would have prevented a successful terrorist action on this occasion and would have had a deterrent effect on future terrorist attacks.