21 MAY 2018
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The captain of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing with 239 passengers en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in 2014 and has never been found was accused last week of “a deliberate criminal act”.
Aviation experts taking part in the Australian TV programme 60 Minutes said evidence now suggested Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah took special steps to evade detection and ensure the aircraft disappeared in a remote location.
In a follow-up interview with CBC News, a Canadian aviation expert and former crash investigator said he could say "with 100% certainty" MH370 was intentionally ditched in the ocean in an act of murder-suicide.
Larry Vance, a former investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in a phone interview: “This is a criminal event. It's not an accident.
“This was planned and conducted, carried out by one individual who had control of the airplane via his job to have control of the airplane," Vance said.
Either the pilot or co-pilot made the decision, "for whatever reason, to take it to a remote part of the ocean and make it disappear forever".
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Catherine Chetwynd, United Kingdom
I always did suspect suicide on the part of the pilot and still do
I don't believe it. I don't believe anything about this other than that it landed intact and either the passengers are still alive or they were murdered. I certainly don't believe anything the Malaysian PM said about it.
Ron Lindsay, Buckinghamshire
..and where is the irrefutable evidence to support such an assertion? To claim 100% certainty, especially given his background, is nothing short of irresponsible.
STEPHEN BRUH, london , U.K
Captain Shah was photographed at a demonstration against the Malaysian Government in support of the former Prime Minister who had been tried and jailed for sodomy. Captain Shah demanded Liberty and Freedom , and it can be assumed that his action was to bring the world\'s attention to and discredit the Malay Government .