The disappearance of the doomed passenger jet MH370 has been described as "calculated" and "deliberate", in the latest in a long line of conspiracy theories.
Veteran commercial pilot Ewan Wilson and investigative journalist Geoff Taylor have spent months analysing the aircraft's final hours, before all 239 passengers and crew on board vanished without a trace.
The pair have concluded that the flight's mysterious disappearance and apparent failure of its tracking systems could only be the result of deliberate tampering.
Wilson, who previously ran two airlines, also jetted to Malaysia to interview investigators and relatives of MH370's pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
He and journalist Taylor, both from New Zealand, have reviewed all published data undertaken by Malaysia and other nations involved in the search for the tragic craft.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Boeing 777 soon after it took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 on a night flight to Beijing over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam.
Wilson told stuff.co.nz that the conclusion of his book, Good Night Malaysian 370: The truth behind the loss of Flight 370, will shock the public.
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Rumours abounded after it emerged that the tickets for two passengers who used stolen passports to travel on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight were booked by an Iranian man known only as “Mr. Ali", according to the FT. But one of those travelling has been identified as a 19-year-old Iranian, almost definitely headed to Germany to seek asylum, with no links whatsoever to terror networks. Besides, it would be baffling as to why Iran would want to hijack a plane almost entirely compromised of Chinese passengers. China is a key ally of Iran.
It's a theory swirling only in the realm of the Twittersphere and Reddit, but HuffPost UK has had a number of emails asking us to investigate the theory, pointing out the jet did have enough fuel on board to reach the hermit nation (allegedly) and that the North Koreans do have form when it comes to plane hijacking. Again, it seems like an odd scheme when it would alienate Pyongyang's only international ally, China, and mainly hinges on the "but those North Koreans are crazy" school of thought.
This one is kinda understandable, because the 'Chinese Martyrs’ Brigade' claimed they were responsible for the attack in an email to Chinese media. The message read: "You kill one of our clan, we will kill 100 of you as pay back.” This is almost certainly a hoax to stir up trouble, in the aftermath of the Kunming train station massacre where 29 people were killed. Chinese officials blamed that on separatists from north-west China's Uighur Muslim minority.
This was touted on Chinese social media, Weibo, with pictures of the air passenger list showing one name scrubbed out, which netizens said was a "Uighur" name. But it's a hoax, the full air passenger list has been posted on Reddit, and it hasn't got a name scrubbed out. Easy one, that.
This one's made many mainstream newspaper outlets, and has a good basis in truth, relatives swear they have called the phones and heard them ring. Malaysian officials are investigating this, but at a press conference in Beijing, spokesman Ignatius Ong said one of the numbers that had been passed on to the airline's command office in Kuala Lumpur did not receive an answer. "I myself have called the number five times while the airline's command centre also called the number. We got no answering tone," said Ong.
This is one touted on Beforeitsnews.com, an "alternative" site big on stuff like UFOs, which reports: "It is conceivable that the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane is “cloaked,” hiding with hi-tech electronic warfare weaponry that exists and is used. In fact, this type of technology is precisely the expertise of [Texas-based company] Freescale, that has 20 employees on board the missing flight”. Again (there's a theme here) it doesn't say why.
Alright, not many people other than complete wack-jobs are posing this theory, but it's always worth an honourable mention. Nothing practical like, say, a motive, is given by those posing this on internet forums, apart from "evil Zionists do this kind of thing". Oh, and that the Israelis once cloned passports, so that's proof enough for The Rebel, who wrote: "The finding of the use on the Malaysian Airlines flight of stolen passports is essentially confirmatory of a Zionist plot." And that's, err, all they've got.
The authors say they have systematically ruled out malfunctions or freak accidents, saying there was no other reason for the flight's change of route.
Describing their findings, pilot Wilson, who has training in investigating air crashes, said: "For the first time we present a detailed analysis of the flight, the incredible route it took, and who we believe was in charge of the aircraft as it plunged into the Indian Ocean."
The authors said that relatives of those on board were not being told the truth about the diversion.
Journalist Taylor added: "For the sake of the relatives of those on the flight the truth needs to be out there.
"We visited the departure lounge where families sat full of excitement and anticipation waiting for their boarding call. Surely they deserve better than a cover up?"
He added: ‘What happened to MH370 was no accident"It was deliberate and it was calculated and it should never have been allowed to happen."