23/04/2014 10:05 BST | Updated 17/07/2014 12:59 BST

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Conspiracy Theory Goes Viral: Was Passenger Jet Shot Down By American Military Forces?

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: A Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion takes off from RAAF Pearce to assist with the international search effort trying to locate missing Malaysia Airways Flight MH370 on April 16, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Twenty-six nations have been involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 since it disappeared more than a month ago. (Photo by Richard Wainwright - Pool/Getty Images)

UPDATE: A Malaysia Airlines plane with 295 people on board is feared to have crashed in the Ukraine amid claims it was shot down.

Since flight MH370 went missing more than a month ago, a plethora of bizarre theories about what happened to the plane have flooded Internet – from it being hijacked and sent to Afghanistan, to alien abduction.

But as far as conspiracy theories go, this one is quite extreme. A former oil company executive turned author has suggested America could have shot down the missing Malaysia Airlines plane - and is now trying to cover it up.

John Chuckman believes that the US must have gunned down the jetliner accidentally, or intentionally, and is now trying to cover up its activities. There has, so far, been no such evidence that America was involved in the disappearance of the plane.

Chuckman wrote on OpEdNews, "Could it be that the US shot down flight MH370, either accidentally or deliberately, and now wants to keep it secret?

"The possibility of recovery of the full wreckage, even if its location were found from 4 miles under the sea among underwater mountains is extremely remote at best, so the US can remain confident that physical evidence will never emerge."

Chuckman noted, "There would be nothing unprecedented in such an act: on at least three occasions, regrettably, America's military has shot down civilian airliners."

"I have no idea what event (a rogue pilot, a hijacker?) led to Flight MH370 turning off its communications, changing course, and flying low, but I do know that the event could not have gone unnoticed by America's military-intelligence eyes and ears."


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Twenty-six nations have been involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

As hope fades in the search for the missing passenger jet, investigators sparked new speculation Tuesday that the plane may not have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean after all.

The investigations team may have been "looking in the wrong place" and the plane could have landed elsewhere, according to a report by the Malaysian New Straits Times, quoting investigation sources.

Simultaneously, debris has washed up on the coast of Western Australia, raising speculation it may be from the plane.