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MH370 pilot flew to 40,000ft to suffocate passengers before crashing plane

A fellow pilot says that the mental state of Captain Shah, right, may have been a contributing factor to the disappearance of MH370

A fellow pilot says that the mental state of Captain Shah, right, may have been a contributing factor to the disappearance of MH370

The pilot of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 deliberately depressurised the cabin in order to slowly kill everyone on board, experts claim.

Troubled and lonely captain Zaharie Ahmed Shah then crashed the plane into the Indian Ocean, killing all 238 passengers, according to the independent group that has worked on the case.

The group behind the claims is made up of dedicated aviation experts, whose sole mission is to find out what happened to the doomed flight.

Some were even called in to help the official search for the plane, which went missing on March 8, 2014.

They claim Shah deliberately steered the Boeing 777 off course, before either waiting for the jet to run out of fuel or deliberately nose-diving it into the water so it disintegrated on impact.

The wreckage found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion belonging to the doomed airliner MH370. A piece of debris from a plane, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Saint-Andre, Reunion. Air safety investigators, one of them a Boeing investigator, have identified the component as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official said. Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only 777 known to be missing. This image taken from video. (Reunion 1ere via AP) FRANCE OUT

wreckage found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion belonging to the doomed airliner MH370 (Picture: AP)

The new claims are reported in The Atlantic, by respected aviation expert William Langewiesche.

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According to Mr Langewiesche, the most likely theory is that Shah either killed or incapacitated his co-pilot, before depressurising the cabin.

Electrical engineer Mike Exner, a member of the independent group, believes Shah also made a steep climb to 40,000ft before the murder-suicide.

Mr Exner says climbing so rapidly, would have accelerated the depressurising process.

A Boeing 777 flaperon cut down to match the one from flight MH370 found on Reunion island off the coast of Africa in 2015, is lowered into water to discover its drift characteristics by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation researchers in Tasmania, Australia, in this handout image taken March 23, 2017. CSIRO/Handout via REUTERS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

A Boeing 777 flaperon cut down to match the one from flight MH370 found on Reunion island off the coast of Africa in 2015 (Picture: Reuters)

An intentional depressurisation would have been an obvious way – and probably the only way – to subdue a potentially unruly cabin in an airplane that was going to remain in flight for hours to come, adds Mr Langewiesche.

He said: In the cabin, the effect would have gone unnoticed, but for the sudden appearance of the drop-down oxygen masks and perhaps the cabin crews use of the few portable units of similar design.

None of those cabin masks was intended for more than about 15 minutes of use during emergency descents to altitudes below 13,000 feet; they would have been of no value at all cruising at 40,000 feet.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 08: Malaysia Airline passenger jets are shown parked on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 8, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 onboard was reported missing after the crew failed to check in as scheduled while flying over the sea between Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh C</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/18/mh370-pilot-flew-40000ft-suffocate-passengers-crashing-plane-10005540/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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