MH370 Anniversary: 5 key theories about Malaysian Airlines disappearance

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was disappeared on 8th March 2014 and still no trace is found after 5 years.

MH370 anniversary is being observed today. The Malaysia Airlines flight was disappeared while travelling from Malaysia to China. Investigative authorities found just few fragments of MH370, all on western Indian Ocean shores, and search efforts were also ended in 2018.

MH370 disappearance is still among the mysterious cases of the aviation history. Here are the 5 key theories about Malaysian Airlines disappearance.

Pilot’s Crime


MH370 pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah has been the subject of intense speculation, and some believe he may have intentionally taken the Boeing 777 off course and crashed it. But family and friends of Zaharie — a highly respected veteran pilot — strongly reject such claims as baseless.

Remote Take Over

Some have speculated the plane may have been taken over remotely to foil a hijacking. According to reports, Boeing was in 2006 awarded a US patent for a system that, once activated, could take control of a commercial aircraft away from the pilot or flight crew in the event of a hijacking.

Mechanical Fault

Much attention has focused on the possibility of a mechanical or structural failure. Some experts have put forward the theory that a fire could have broken out in electronic components, which produced smoke that filled the plane and led to the passengers and crew falling unconscious. The plane then continued on autopilot over the Indian Ocean, where search efforts have been focused, before running out of fuel and crashing, the theory goes.

Hijacking

There have been a slew of theories — none of them substantiated — that the plane was hijacked as part of a terror plot.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been among those who backed the idea. In a bizarre tweet soon after the plane disappeared, he suggested it was “stolen” and “effectively hidden, perhaps in Northern Pakistan, like Bin Laden”.

Russian Involvement

Aviation expert Jeff Wise suggested MH370 was commandeered and taken to a Russian facility in Kazakhstan, possibly an effort by President Vladimir Putin to intimidate the West amid an escalating crisis in Ukraine, or to gain access to a certain passenger or item in the hold.

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