Perhaps what’s so special about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is that never before has an aviation incident (for lack of a better word) grappled the world’s attention with such intensity for so long a time. The initial disappearance was a major new story in itself, and people were kept on the edge of their seats for months as the investigation and search operations went along. Two years later, it seems like the investigations and search operations have stopped, and everyone has to some degree forgotten about MH370. Those who still remember will probably be wondering what actually happened to MH370.
It’s hard to imagine that two years and countless hours of searching and investigating have led to nothing. I remember someone on an island found a broken inboard flap that was confirmed to be from a Boeing 777, but it appears as though investigators weren’t able to derive anything from it. It’s unsettling to think that the only closure we have right now for MH370 is a handful of rumours and unofficial conclusions. The book Goodnight Malaysian 370: The truth behind the loss of flight 370 by Ewan Wilson and Geoff Taylor aims to provide and support one theory on how and why MH370 suddenly disappeared. An informative and gripping read, I would definitely recommend it to whoever is still curious as to what happened with MH370. It begins by listing out different possibilities and rumours that have emerged, then persuasively dismissing them with cold hard fact and expert opinions. It then moves on to discuss the author’s personal opinion, which is that the disappearance of MH370 had to do with pilot suicide, and goes on to support that claim with again with facts, testimonies, and what we currently know about MH370’s flight plan before it disappeared. While I do think the claim that MH370 was deliberately sabotaged by the pilot suicide is well-supported by evidence presented in the book and consistent with MH370’s flight plan, the one issue I have is with this theory is that there doesn’t appear to be any solid motive for captain Zaharie Ahmed to have done what Wilson and Taylor are accusing him of doing. It doesn’t seem likely that an experienced captain of a civilian airliner would sabotage the aircraft in the way he did (by locking the F/O out of the cockpit and depleting the cabin of oxygen) and perform evasive maneuvers to deliberately avoid being picked up by radar. If a captain wanted solely to commit suicide, he or she would most likely send the aircraft into an unrecoverable dive similar to what happened on SilkAir Flight 185. If that were to happen, debris from the crash would have been found not long after. As stated in the book, the aircraft must have been landed on a remote island or ditched intact in the ocean, and all the passengers must either be dead or in captivity. In that case, whoever sabotaged MH370 must have had an elaborate plan beforehand and executed it perfectly. This to me seems too sophisticated for a pilot suicide. It’s more likely that MH370 was sabotaged by someone else on board. For all we know it could have been a terrorist cell in Kuala Lumpur or a government agent on some covert operation. These possibilities are admittedly rather far-fetched but at least we can derive some sort of motive for why they would want to sabotage MH370, whereas we don’t exactly have much motive to support the pilot suicide theory other than economical troubles or marriage issues. Until we know for sure, I could be wrong or I could be right. This is simply my opinion on a heavily debated topic, and I hope you see some sense in it.
Purchase Goodnight Malaysian 370 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Goodnight-Malaysian-370-behind-flight-ebook/dp/B00MB938XE
More on the pilot suicide theory: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31736835