According to a report from The Independent, safety experts noted that the Malaysian Airlines flight MH-370 was intentionally crashed by the captain Zaharie Amad Shah. The aircraft went off course and crashed to the west of Australia as it ran out of fuel. The underwater search for the plane was discontinued back in January 2017.
Equipment seized during raids after the incident showed that Zaharie had employed a flight simulator to carry out his plan. Captain Simon Harvey, a Boeing-777 veteran, said the crash was “planned meticulously to make the aircraft disappear.” Larry Vance, a Canadian investigator, said Zaharie depressurized the cabin to render those on board unconscious after wearing an oxygen mask.
Terrorism was ruled out as no organization claimed responsibility for the crash. It is still unsure whether Zaharie was commanding the aircraft when it took the plunge into the Indian Ocean. First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid was piloting the aircraft alongside Zaharie. MH-370 was Hamid’s first solo Boeing-777 flight without a training captain.
“This (crash) was planned, this was deliberate, and it was done over an extended period of time,” Martin Dolan, who led a two-year search for the aircraft, told 60 Minutes Australia. Beijing-bound MH-370 disappeared with 239 people on board on March 8, 2014, and this is the first time news of a deliberate crash has come forward.
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