Antarius wrote:spinotter wrote:Antarius wrote:
It is also debunked as parts of the aircraft washed up in Africa. If it was landed and cut up, the parts wouldn't exist.
Excellent point. I did not give much credit to the idea of Diego Garcia - it was more to hear some details of the Diego Garcia conspiracy theory, especially the motivation. The Atlantic article (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/mh370-malaysia-airlines/590653/) was excellent. The author believes that the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, engineered the whole thing, knew how to evade detection as much as possible, killed everyone else by depressurizing, and northwest of the tip of Sumatra turned southward to fly as far as possble toward the Antarctic before perhaps purposely ditching the 777, which apparently broke totally apart, with parts reaching Reunion etc. Do people agree that this is the most likely scenario?
I dont know about the part about flying purposely towards Antarctica; he could have been or just flying until the aircraft flamed out into the pacific. The timing of turning off the transponder, the maneuvers between airspace etc. are IMO, clear proof that this was not an accident. But what the end goal or destination (if any,) was is speculation.
I think the end goal was to make it missing without a trace for as long as possible. And as much as I hate to say it, he seems to have succeeded. Z. Shah must have gotten great "thrill" by embarrassing the Malaysian government with their inability to find a commercial jet in 2014.
Also, I think this incident follows the all too familiar concept of mass murderers desiring fame and notoriety. The captain probably figured that making the plane disappear would be far more "spectacular"(At least in his mind) than to simply nose it down and crash it right away.