All that flying backwards and forwards seems like far too much bother and is far too weird and noteworthy. If you want to make it look like an accident then that wasn't how to do it.
There was no "flying backwards and forwards"; that appears an attempt at obfuscation. The plane reversed course at FIS boundary after signing out of Malaysia ATC and never reporting in to Vietnamese ATC. This gave the flight a two hour window before it could be reported officially missing and a search begun. Had the flight continued on its northerly course, Vietnamese radar would have found it; by turning around, the Vietnamese were kept in the dark. It soon was seen by Thai radar to have been approaching the Malaysian mainland. Within the first hours of the reported disappearance, Malaysian military radar (Pulau Penang) personnel issued information to journalists that it had been observed to have reduced its altitude as it re-entered Malaysian airspace, The source for this information was squelched after the politicians took over the "investigation" and installed a news blackout that continues to this day.
It is easy to surmise that 9MMRO got low so that it was blanketed from the Thai radar at Hat Yai (6°50'38.02"N 100°25'11.64"E) by high ground between Hat Yai and the flight path as it crossed Thai airspace
. After it entered the Malacca straits, it made a turn to the northwest until it could turn to the Southern Ocean, this path prevented it from entering Indonesian airspace and raising any alert there.
If one wanted to fly from the vicinity of the IGARI waypoint to the southern ocean without raising an alert from anybody other than the Malaysian radar at Pulau Penang, this was a precise course
; it certainly wasn't flying "backwards and forwards". It is worthy to note that the Captain had spent 20 years in the Malaysian Air force and knew the practices and capabilities of all Malaysian radar, he probably knew who the duty officer was supposed to be on that night at Pulau Penang. It should be obvious that there was no intention to "make it look like an accident", the intent was to make it disappear off the face of the Earth, and that would have been achieved were it not for the satellite data.
The baffling thing is that if it were done on purpose, no reasoning was left behind to explain the motivation. If it was political, suicide, hijack, etc. Usually the perpetrator would make some statement to show their motivation. Why make a plane disappear so that no one knows why?
There is every reason to think the motive was political. A friend of the pilot had just had his political career ended and his five year prison sentence reaffirmed just hours before the takeoff. The "disappearance" of MH 370 was most likely intended to open up a can of worms that never got opened.
I REALLY do not want to start another conversation about what happened to MH370.
You're not starting a conversation about MH 370, but you have entered the conversation just as the people who want to sweep it under the rug are making a play at presenting a revised synopsis of the main thread.
Please do not get hung up on waypoints - there was a guy on here who went on endlessly about them... right up until the satellite data completely blew that idea out of the water.
That isn't how I remember the conversation went.
And who was "this guy"??