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Experts Say MH370 Crash Was A Deliberate Murder-Suicide Mission

A panel of experts tried to figure out what brought the plane down during an Australian television programme.

Cover image via 60 Minutes via CBS News

A group of aviation experts have come to a conclusion about what happened to the MH370 flight which disappeared on 8 March 2014

There have been many questions about Flight MH370 that carried 227 passengers and 12 crew, which vanished en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

Four years on, a group of analysts claimed to have solved the mystery of MH370 as they investigate the matter on '60 Minutes', an Australian television programme.

The panellist featured five experts, namely: Martin Dolan, the chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) when MH370 disappeared; Larry Vance, a former senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada; John Cox, a global air-safety specialist; Charitha Pattiaratchi, a world-renowned oceanographer professor; and Simon Hardy, a Boeing 777 pilot and instructor.

The panellists claimed that MH370 captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately crashed the plane into the Indian Ocean

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"This was planned, this was deliberate, and it was done over an extended period of time," Dolan said, as reported by Huffington Post.

Dolan reportedly stressed that it was the pilot's intentional decision to kill himself as he said, "He (Zaharie) was killing himself; unfortunately, he was killing everybody else on board, and he did it deliberately."

According to Vance, it is very likely that Zaharie depressurized the plane after the flight transponder was switched off and made a turn to go on a different direction. It is believed that the plane was depressurized to knock out everyone who wasn't wearing an oxygen mask but himself, which would explain why no one made contact with the ground using mobile phones as they were incapacitated.

Newshub reported Hardy as saying that the plane was diverted to fly over Penang, the captain's hometown for an "emotional goodbye".

"I think all that we've got is sufficient evidence to conclude at the moment that this event was the result of deliberate action by someone very familiar with a triple seven aircraft - a pilot - very familiar with a triple seven aircraft," Dolan said towards the end of the programme.

While the experts on '60 Minutes' were adamant the MH370 crash was a deliberate act, they were not able to come up with the motive

"While most aviation specialists agree that evidence points to the plane having been intentionally steered into the ocean, nobody has been able to come up with a motive," a report published on NZ Herald stated.

"What was missing from the commentary was a motive — what possible reason could Capt Zaharie have had to justify the murder of 238 other people?"

Meanwhile, some family members of the MH370 victims who were contacted by CBS News said that the claims made by the panellists are not new, adding that they will not be convinced unless there are forensic evidences.

Captain Zaharie's family also responded to CBS, saying "pointing a finger toward him (Zaharie) does not make them expert investigators — they have to find the plane."

You can the watch panellists' discussion on MH370 here:

About two months ago, several new theories about the missing MH370 emerged on social media:

In March, some families of those onboard MH370 paid tribute to their lost loved ones:

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