Only days after a former head of the Indonesian Police Force made a cryptic and unsupported claim that he knew what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, another theory has been put forth. This one, though, would seem to carry somewhat more weight, as it comes from the head of Kiwi Airlines, Ewan Wilson.
London’s Daily Mail reports that Wilson believes the pilot of the doomed aircraft, suffering from a mental illness, was on a suicide/mass-murder mission.
The pilot of the missing MH370 flight killed himself and his passengers by switching off the oxygen supply in what is the sixth example of such a suicide, according to an aviation expert.
Ewan Wilson, head of Kiwi Airlines, believes Zaharie Ahmad Shah planned mass murder – locking his co-pilot out of the cockpit, depressurising the cabin and shutting down all communication links before turning the plane around.
In addition to offering his theory of events surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian jetliner back in March — the circumstances of which Wilson details in a new book — the aviation expert also criticizes the airline industry’s reluctance to deal with mental health issues. Again, from the Daily Mail:
‘Our research indicates there have been five previous incidents of murder/suicide in commercial flights over the last three decades or so, accounting for 422 lives. ‘The sad addition of MH370 would bring that number to 661.’
The book claims the most likely scenario is that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately depressurised the cabin then flew for another three hours before ditching into the sea. Although oxygen masks would have dropped down automatically from above the seats, the passengers’ supply was limited to just 20 minutes.
People unable to grab a mask, such as those sleeping, would have passed out within the space of a few minutes.
The entire ‘ghost plane’ — including her cabin crew whose air supply is only marginally longer — would have slipped into a coma and died shortly after from oxygen starvation.
The remarkable claims are made in the book “Goodnight Malaysian 370,” the culmination of a four-month study into the incident, which Wilson co-wrote.
It should be noted that Ewan Wilson is a controversial figure in the aviation world — a man with a past, so to speak. As the New Zealand Herald reported in 2003:
Following the collapse of Kiwi Airlines in 1996 Mr. Wilson was convicted of fraud and sentenced to three months’ periodic detention.
A separate Companies Office investigation resulted in his being banned from managing or directing any company for five years.
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