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Malaysia aircraft disappeared: new hypothesis in a TV show

The pilot's suicidal will behind the tragedy? -VIDEO

A team of experts unveils the theory that could shed new light on the MH370 flight, one of the greatest mysteries in the history of modern aviation

The news of these days starts from an episode of the tv program "'60 Minutes" Australian edition, entitled "What happened on the flight MH370"? One of the greatest mysteries of modern aviation, MH370 was the link operated on March 8, 2014 by Malaysia Airlines. Taking off from the "International Airport" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Boeing B-777/200ER was headed to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers on board; suddenly disappeared from the radar screens while making the route and presumably sank in the deep waters of the Southern Indian Ocean.

The research carried out jointly by several countries, including Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States with the aid of ships, planes, helicopters and oceanographic vehicles, also using satellites. There were several reports -more or less reliable about the discovery in water or beach areas of parts or objects presumably attributable to the aircraft disappeared- according to which the research areas were redefined several times and new investigations were started. "Rivers of ink" were consumed while on the causes of disappearance the most varied hypotheses flourished, including those that included conspiratorial plots.

Until these hours, when the TV program after launching a parallel investigation did not bring together an international team of aviation accident experts during the episode. Specifically, one of these, Martin Dolan, who for two years led the underwater research of the aircraft and its precious human cargo, has paved the way for the hypothesis that the Malaysian pilot Zaharie Amad Shah, with suicidal intentions had long planned the flight to evade the radar and make the last part of the route invisible before plunging the plane into a remote area.

For months it thought of a tragic accident after the searches of the pilot and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's home had not led to significant clues. But in the light of this hypothesis, a flight simulation software found at Shah's home and ignored by the investigators acquires new meaning. Which may have been used by the commander to practice his secret flight plan.

The theory is confirmed by the opinion of Larry Vance, Canadian air crash investigator. It is also supported by the opinion of the pilot and instructor of B-777 Simon Hardy who after "recreating" the B-777 Malaysia flight plan based on military radar, said that Shah flew over the border between Malaysia and Thailand through air space of each country to avoid being discovered. According to Hardy the pilot, a veteran captain, would also "touched with the wing" the skies of Penang, his hometown: a kind of "touching farewell" before the suicide. "There is no doubt that someone has piloted the plane to the end", the instructor pilot insisted, affirming that the aircraft has continued the flight for more than 115 miles compared to what originally thought "to hide the plane as far as possible from civilization, which leads us beyond the area of research currently being fought".

The choice of the location of the impact would not be casual even according to Simon Harwey, a British pilot who works in Asia, according to which the Malaysian colleague "decided to make to drop the aircraft along the border between Thailand and Malaysia just to prevent one of the two sides intervened".

Returning to Vance, in support of his vision, he also brought the wreck -considered part of the missing aircraft- which was found along the coasts of Africa. It is a component of a wing: "if the front of it had been compressed and empty, the water would have filled it making it explode from the inside, so this piece would not even have been found because it exploded. Therefore treated as an uncontrolled accident".

During the discussion among the experts -several of them dissented precisely with the scenario of accidental uncontrolled sinking described by the investigators of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau -in fact emerged the hypothesis according to which Shah would have worn the oxygen mask before depressurize the plane, so as to make the other occupants lose consciousness and thus be able to undisturbed the insane gesture. Gesture called "one of the most atrocious acts in modern commercial aviation" by the analyst and president of the Atmosphere Research Group Henry Harteveldt .

Below, in the video an extract of the tv broadcast:


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