Daily Mail reported: Did MH370 pilot starve passengers of oxygen before ditching into the sea? Shock claim from air investigator after ruling out ‘every conceivable alternative scenario’
Book claims pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately depressurised cabin
Oxygen masks would only have given passengers 20 minutes’ supply
Authors claim Shah was mentally ill and locked his co-pilot out of cockpit
Shah ‘then landed on water so plane sank in one piece with no debris’
Shafaqna: According to Daily Mail, Passengers on flight MH370 died of oxygen starvation hours before the pilot performed a controlled ditching in the Indian Ocean, according to a new study into the disaster.
Analysis by a veteran air accident investigator suggests that all 239 people lost consciousness up to four hours before the Boeing 777 disappeared beneath the waves.
The most likely scenario is that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately depressurised the cabin, thereby depriving those on board of air, the research concludes.
Theory: Geoff Taylor (left) and Ewan Wilson who have written a book which claims the pilot of MH370 cut off the oxygen supply to the passengers before deliberately crashing into the Indian Ocean
Although oxygen masks would have dropped down automatically from above the seats, their supply was limited to just 20 minutes.
Those unable to grab a mask, including sleeping passengers, 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 theory is the result of the first independent study into March’s disaster by the New Zealand-based air accident investigator, Ewan Wilson.
Wilson, the founder of Kiwi Airlines and a commercial pilot himself, arrived at the shocking conclusion after considering ‘every conceivable alternative scenario’.
However, he has not been able to provide any conclusive evidence to support his theory.
An earlier report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) also concluded that passengers may have died from hypoxia.
And Malaysian authorities previously named Ahmad Shah as their prime suspect.
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 with the New Zealand broadsheet journalist, Geoff Taylor.
Wilson, a qualified transport safety investigator, said: ‘One of our objectives in writing this book was, in some small way, to convey the human stories of the tragedy.
‘Our other, more important task was to pursue the truth about what really happened; that is one small contribution we felt we could make to this whole, terrible affair.
‘We could never have foreseen the information we uncovered, or their implications.
‘Neither could we have imagined the horrific scenario that our research suggests took place on board that fateful plane.’
Wilson and Taylor’s entire scenario makes for difficult reading.
They believe that Ahmad Shah, who they have concluded was suffering from mental illness, tricked his co-pilot Fariq Hamid into taking a break about 40 minutes after take-off.
After locking Hamid out of the cockpit, Ahmad Shah made his last broadcast to air traffic control – ‘Goodnight, Malaysian 370’ – before switching off the aircraft’s air-to-ground communication links.
Alone at the controls, he took MH370 up to 39,000 feet and de-pressurised the aircraft, giving passengers and crew less than 60 seconds of Time of Useful Consciousness (TUC).
Search continues: Officials claim they are ‘making progress’ as they continue to scour 60,000 sq km of sea for the plane. The orange line indicates ‘high priority’ search areas; the yellow has been searched already
Ahmad Shah could not have prevented the plane’s oxygen masks from automatically dropping down or an automated emergency announcement in English.
But Flight 370 was a night flight and, with the cabin lights off, the majority of passengers would have been asleep, or close to it.
And for 227 of the 239 passengers, English was not their first language.
Cabin crew would have tried to help those on board, but would have had to have donned their own facemasks first.
‘It would have been a frightening and confusing time throughout the cabin,’ Taylor said.
‘By the time some of the passengers had woken up groggy, heard the commotion and looked around in confusion, it would have been too late for them.
‘Those passengers who did not react within 60 seconds or less would have lapsed into unconsciousness and death would have followed within four to six minutes.’