MH370 shock: Ex-Australian PM reveals pilot carried out ‘murder-suicide’ on doomed flight
Tony Abbott said it was made “crystal clear” within just a week of the disappearance that the aircraft was deliberately downed by the pilot, according to The Sun. Mr Abbott was the Prime Minister when the plane suddenly disappeared over the contentious South China Sea area in 2014.
He told Sky: “My understanding – my very clear understanding – from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here they thought it was a murder-suicide by the pilot.
“I’m not going to say who said what to whom, but let me reiterate – I want to be absolutely crystal clear – it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot.
“A mass murder-suicide by the pilot.”
The missing Malaysia Airlines plane was carrying 239 people on board when it vanished into thin air.
The passengers included six Australians when it disappeared 40 minutes into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 2014.
The pilot onboard was Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who was known as one of the airline’s most senior captains.
There was suspicion surrounding Mr Shah after the final call to air traffic control was, “Good night. Malaysian three-seven-zero.”
He then dropped the plane off radar at 1.21am.
The Malaysian government’s official report, however, said that there was no evidence that Mr Shah hijacked his own plane.
The report labelled the man “competent”.
But Mr Abbott has suspicions because no alternative theories were ever presented to him.
It comes as new research suggests that the plane could only have gone down in three zones within a 140-mile radius.
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The radius was narrowed down from an initial 120,000-mile area searched in 2014.
Satellite data showed that the plane went off course after the final call.
There was a series of unscheduled turns over the Strait of Malacca and towards the Southern Indian Ocean.
Two formal investigations which were led by Australia and Malaysia have failed to uncover the whereabouts of the missing plane.
Official efforts to recover the plane’s black box ended in 2018.
However, independent researchers are still pursuing their investigation into possible crash locations.
Experts have said that the most likely crash site is 1,000 west of Perth, Australia.
But a huge search of the seabed did not uncover the wreckage.
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