A panel of experts have deemed the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which occurred over the Indian Ocean in March 2014, to be the result of a murder-suicide committed by its pilot.
A group of investigators have been looking into the disappearance of the Boeing 777 and its 239 passengers as part of a report by Australia’s Nine News.
Larry Vance, ex-senior investigator for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, told the program, “I think the general public can take comfort in the fact there is a growing consensus on the plane’s final moments.”
The team believes Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah chose a secluded part of the travel route, deliberately avoiding radar detection in order for the aircraft to disappear.
Vance claims the discovery of part of the right wing proves the plane entered the sea in a controlled and intentional landing. “If this was a high speed dive, this piece would not exist,” he said.
Boeing 777 pilot Simon Hardy explained to Nine News, “As the aircraft went across Thailand and Malaysia, it runs down the border, which is wiggling underneath, meaning it’s going in and out of those two countries, which is where their jurisdictions are. … If you were commissioning me to do this operation and try and make a 777 disappear, I would do exactly the same thing.”
John Hardy, a lawyer for nine families of the lost passengers, agrees with the panel’s determination. “This is a mass murder,” Hardy insisted to HuffPost last year. “There’s no other explanation for it.”