For over two years, family members have mourned the loss of loved ones who disappeared on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, with not much insight into what occurred and thus no personal closure. New evidence has surfaced that suggests that the Muslim pilot was rogue and intentionally brought the plane down into the Indian Ocean.
From the beginning, the plane’s captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah has been the primary suspect for the FBI, but without hard evidence to link him to the crash.
In January, Byron Bailey wrote in The Australian: “Several months after the MH370 disappearance I was told by a government source that the FBI had recovered from Zaharie’s home computer deleted information showing flight plan waypoints … my source … left me with the impression that the FBI were of the opinion that Zaharie was responsible for the crash.”
Other aspects of the crash have also added to the mystery, like the restricted cargo that was not listed on the plane's manifest and the eleven al Qaeda-linked terrorists that were immediately detained for questioning.
Eleven al Qaeda-linked terrorists are being questioned on their knowledge of the missing plane and there is speculation surrounding more than 2 tonnes of sensitive and unaccounted for cargo.
The suspects were arrested last week in Kuala Lumpur and in the state of Kedahm and, according to the Mail, are members of a new group planning attacks in Muslim nations.
The suspects had been identified by both the FBI and MI6 as persons of interest and are reported to be members of a new terror group said to be planning bomb attacks in Muslim countries.
At the same time, it was revealed yesterday that MH370 was carrying cargo which had not been listed on the official manifest. One consignment included 200kg of lithium batteries – already a restricted cargo – but had a total declared weight of 2.45 tonnes. One company spokesperson involved in the shipment stated to Malaysia’s The Star that the nature of the cargo could not be disclosed. Another official with the airline described the missing cargo as radio components and chargers, but this is not indicated on the documents already released.
Today, what is known is that the “‘flaperon’ found in Madagascar was extended at the time of landing, suggesting a rogue pilot brought the plane down”, according to Larry Vance, world expert air crash investigator.
Vance believes a small section of wing, called the flaperon, found a year ago off the coast of Madagascar, shows “definite evidence” it was extended at the time of landing – and the extending can only be activated by a person.
The failure to find floating debris could also be explained by a slow, controlled landing, he said.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau crash investigator Peter Foley agreed the crash could have been the work of a rogue pilot. He said analysis from French authorities showed it was possible the plane was in a “deployed state”.
The search for wreckage has been built around the theory that the plane was in autopilot when it crashed, killing the 239 passengers, on March 8, 2014, but Vance believes this engaged flaperon gives evidence to the contrary.
Peter Foley (sic) conceded that if the plane was piloted until the end, it could have landed outside the current search area: “There is a possibility there was someone in control at the end and we’re actively looking for evidence to support that.”
Other evidence also suggests that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had practiced very crash course on his home built flight simulator, flying “deep into the remote southern Indian Ocean” a few weeks prior to the disappearance of flight MH370.
The revelation, which Malaysia withheld from a lengthy public report on the investigation, is the strongest evidence yet that Zaharie made off with the plane in a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide.
The document presents the findings of the Malaysian police’s investigation into Zaharie. It reveals that after the plane disappeared in March of 2014, Malaysia turned over to the FBI hard drives that Zaharie used to record sessions on an elaborate home-built flight simulator. The FBI was able to recover six deleted data points that had been stored by the Microsoft Flight Simulator X program in the weeks before MH370 disappeared, according to the document. Each point records the airplane’s altitude, speed, direction of flight, and other key parameters at a given moment. The document reads, in part:
Search officials believe MH370 followed a similar route, based on signals the plane transmitted to a satellite after ceasing communications and turning off course. The actual and the simulated flights were not identical, though, with the simulated endpoint some 900 miles from the remote patch of southern ocean area where officials believe the plane went down. Based on the data in the document, here’s a map of the simulated flight compared to the route searchers believe the lost airliner followed:
Though the current seabed search effort is near completion, Malaysian Transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said that “if they received ‘credible new information that leads to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft,' the search could be expanded.”
“The failure to find floating debris could also be explained by a slow, controlled landing,” Vance said. With this new information regarding the flaperon, when combined with the practice crash on the flight simulator, one would think that the search for the plane, despite the $130 million spent thus far, efforts would be continued.