Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured) was the pilot of the doomed flight

Zaharie Shah, (pictured), was the pilot on the fatal flight.


Pilot Zaharie Ahmed Shah had a plan to commit mass murder. To do this, he locked out his copilot from the cockpit, shut down all communication and then depressurised it. The aircraft was disabled so that it would continue on auto-pilot until the fuel ran out.

In the weeks following the plane’s disappearance, this was the common theory. 

According to Kuala Lumpur rumours, his personal troubles included a breakup with Fizah Khan and fury at Anwar Ibrahim (an opposition leader) who had just been sentenced to five years for sodomy, shortly before he boarded his plane for Beijing.

However, the wife of the pilot denied that there were any problems. His friends and family also said that he was an devoted father and loved his job.

Ewan Wilson, a New Zealand-based investigator into air accidents, concluded that this theory also explains the initial independent investigation of the catastrophe.

Wilson was the creator of Kiwi Airlines, and also a commercial pilot. He reached this shocking conclusion after considering “every possible alternative scenario”.

But he was unable to offer any convincing evidence in support of his theory.

These claims can be found in Wilson’s book ‘Goodnight Malaysian 370,’ which he co-wrote along with Geoff Taylor, a New Zealand newspaper journalist.

Rumours have it that Zaharie also used his house’s flight simulator to plan a route to remote islands.

Officials in Kuala Lumpur stated that the Malaysian Police and FBI technical experts found no evidence suggesting that he planned to hijack the flight. 

There are theories, however.It is possible that the tragic disappearance was a heroic act of sacrifice on behalf of the pilot.

Michael Gilbert, an Australian aviation enthusiast believes that the plane caught on fire during flight and forced the pilot to plan a route away from densely populated areas. 


Fariq Abdul Hamid was 27 years old and had previously been ill. He was again suspected of having overpowered the pilot. The aircraft was disabled and the crew were trapped in the cockpit.

Some theorists suggest that he had been having problems in his relationships and that this was his way to take his life.

He was also engaged to marry Captain Nadira Ramli (26), a fellow pilot of another airline. They loved their job. He is not known to have committed any kind of fatal act.

There have been a series of outlandish theories about the disappearance of the plane

A number of bizarre theories have been put forward about why the plane disappeared.

Some have speculated that he may have done this because of his habitual behavior of inviting young women to the cockpit on flights.

Young Jonti stated in March that Hamid was entertaining her during a whole flight.

The revelation that the copilot had become the last person who could communicate with the cockpit from the cut-off communication system rekindled interest in the copilot. 


Experts claim that the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was missing from Malaysia Airlines’s fleet of planes, was secretly hijacked by Vladimir Putin.

Jeff Wise is a U.S. scientist writer, who led CNN’s coverage on the Boeing 777-2E. His bizarre theory was based on pings the plane released for seven hours following its disappearance, which were captured by British telecommunications company Inmarsat.

Wise thinks hijackers “spoofed” the plane’s navigation data so it appears it flew in a different direction. However, it was flown to the Baikonur Cosmodrome which is leased by Russia from Kazakhstan.

Wise however admits to New York Magazine that he is unsure why Vladimir Putin would wish to steal a flight full of people. He also says that the idea is a bit ‘crazy.

Wise pointed out that three Russians were on board the flight. Wise said two of them had Ukrainian passports.

Satellite data was analysed by aviation disaster specialists and revealed that, similar to the Inmarsat data, the aircraft continued flying for several hours even after it lost contact.

Careful analysis of evidence revealed that MH370 turned three times after last radio call. It first made a turn to the right, and then took two more turns, taking it west, south, towards Antarctica.


Katherine Tee (41), a British yachtsman from Liverpool made this extraordinary claim. Her initial story of seeing what she believed was a burning aircraft in the night sky became headlines all over the globe.

She arrived in Thailand’s Phuket with her husband after crossing the Indian Ocean from Cochin (South India) and said she could see its outline.

Ms Tee was vague in her description of the event and lost credibility later when she stated that she thought MH370 was a kamikaze aircraft that had been aimed at a fleet of Chinese ships. It was destroyed before the vessels could catch it.

Without any solid proof, she posted on her blog Saucy Siloress to say that the plane she saw was at low altitude in relation to the military convoy she’d seen recently. In addition, she said that an Internet search revealed that there was a Chinese flotilla in the area.

While the debris proved the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, the location of the main underwater wreckage — and its crucial black box data recorders — remains stubbornly elusive. 

While the debris proved the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, the location of the main underwater wreckage — and its crucial black box data recorders — remains stubbornly elusive. 


Malaysian lady Raja Dalelah (53), saw what she thought was a plane floating on the surface of the ocean on a March 8 flight between Jeddah and Kuala Lumpur.

The search was underway for MH370, but she didn’t learn about it. The flight attendant informed her, and she was told to go to bed.

She said, “I was stunned to see what looked almost like an airplane’s tail and wings on the water.”

She learned about the missing plane only after she shared her experience with friends upon landing in Kuala Lumpur. The object had been seen at 2.30 pm Malaysian time.

After being able to recognize several islands and ships, she was then able identify the silver object she claimed was a plane.

Pilots laughed at her tale, saying it was impossible for them to see any part of the aircraft from three thousand feet or seven miles.

The same day, Ms Raja submitted an official police report and continues to tell her story.

She replied, “I see what I saw.”


The pilots turned their plane towards Malaysia in the hopes that they could land at an airport closer to them.

Satellite data is credible, but it does not prove that the aircraft made a turn. However, theorists claim there was no reason for pilots to alter course, except when faced with an emergency.

The problem in the oxygen mask supply tubing of the first officer caused a 2011 fire that erupted in a Boeing 777 plane similar to Cairo’s airport.

Stewarts Law has represented clients in several recent aviation disasters. They believe the plane was struck by a flame in the cockpit.

Egypt’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Central Directorate released its final report after an investigation into the Cairo fire. It revealed that the fire started near the oxygen supply tubing for the first officer.

While the exact cause of fire cannot be determined definitively, investigators identified a problem in the cockpit line that supplies oxygen to crew members during an emergency.

Following the 2011 fire, US aircraft owners were instructed to replace the system – it was estimated to cost $2,596 (£1,573) per aircraft. Malaysia Airlines did not perform the upgrade.

It would be a shame if either pilot tried to take the plane down. The turn around suggests that they wanted to land the plane as quickly as possible due to an emergency.


Americans shot the Boeing 777 down because they believed the hijacked aircraft was going to strike the U.S. military base at Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean. These are the claims of conspiracy theorists.

Marc Dugain, an ex-director of French Airlines, said that British intelligence warned him not to investigate this angle.

It is impossible to determine if Dugain was given such a warning, or why he thinks the Americans took the plane down.

The pilot Zaharie claimed that the flight was to Diego Garcia by a pilot or hijacker.

Professor Glees stated that the Americans wouldn’t be interested in telling the rest of the world anything similar to what they did.

“In theory, they may wish to shoot down any plane that they believe is attacking them. But they wouldn’t fire missiles. Instead, they’d first examine it with fighters. Once they realized it was important to let the rest of the world know, they’d be able to quickly realize it needed to be destroyed.

Rosenschein stated that the U.S. could not hide this fact. In any case, it is likely they would admit their actions as this would have stopped a terrorist attack on this particular occasion, and would act as deterrent to future attacks.