The pilot of missing Malaysian Airlines MH370, which disappeared five years ago March 8, 2014, captain Zaharie Ahmed Shah deliberately depressurised the cabin” in order to “slowly kill everyone on board”
Ahmed Shah deliberately flew to 40,000ft to suffocate passengers. He then crashed the plane into the Indian Ocean, killing all 238 passengers.
Flight MH370 was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard on March 8, 2014 and its disappearance remains one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.
The group claim Shah steered the Boeing 777 off course before either waiting for the jet to run out of fuel or even deliberately nose-diving it into the water so it disintegrated on impact.
Electrical engineer Mike Exner – a member of the IG – believes Shah also made a steep climb to 40,000ft before the murder-suicide.
According to Mr Langewiesche, the most likely theory is that Shah either killed or incapacitated his co-pilot, before depressurising the cabin.
He added: “In the cabin, the effect would have gone unnoticed, but for the sudden appearance of the drop-down oxygen masks and perhaps the cabin crew’s 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.
“The cabin occupants would have become incapacitated within a couple of minutes, lost consciousness, and gently died without any choking or gasping for air.”
Mr Langewiesche dismissed theories of hijackers by noting the plane diverted from its route during a changeover in air traffic control.
He added the plane’s turn towards the Southern Indian Ocean was too tight to be performed by autopilot.
He said: “Whoever was flying MH370 must have switched off the autopilot because the turn the aeroplane then made to the southwest was so tight that it had to have been flown by hand.”