MALAYSIA Airlines Flight 370 was flown to avoid detection before its pilot deliberately ditched the plane carrying 239 passengers into the Southern Indian Ocean, aviation experts have concluded.
The final hours of the Boeing 777 airliner have become one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries after it disappeared during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing more than four years ago.
Parts of the wreckage have been discovered washed up off the coast of Africa, but exactly what happened onboard - and why - has baffled investigators.
But new research carried out by experienced pilots and aviation experts has made some chilling new discoveries.
The group concluded the man at MH370’s controls, Captain Zaharie Amad Shah, “was killing himself” and had pre-planned the route to avoid detection, as well as a chosen area in which he would eventually crash.
They unveiled their findings on an episode of 60 Minutes which aired on Sunday night.
Senior Boeing 777 pilot and instructor Simon Hardy concluded MH370’s captain had flown over his hometown of Penang for an “emotional goodbye” before heading out to a remote part of the Indian Ocean.
By reconstructing MH370’s flight from data collected by military radar, the experienced aviator discovered the off-course plane had managed to avoid arousing the suspicion of air forces in Malaysia or Thailand by dipping in and out of each country’s airspace.
Mr Hardy said: “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.