The Malaysian government has confirmed that flight MH370 was deliberately interfered with – and with that confirmation, have come new theories about the disappearance of the jet.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has revealed that investigators have not pinpointed a specific explanation, but have widened the search for the location of the plane to two corridors: the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan border area, and a swathe from Indonesia to southern India.
“Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, we are investigating all major possibilities on what caused MH370 to deviate,” the Prime Minister said. While conspiracy theories abound, these are five of the major theories regarding the disappearance of MH370 that authorities are currently investigating.
1. The pilot hijacked Malaysia Airlines MH370.
US intelligence forces believe that the pilot and co-pilot may be responsible.
Prime Minister Najib Razak has revealed that communications were deliberately turned off “by someone on the plane”. The Prime Minister further confirmed that “deliberate actions” were behind the plane’s disappearance.
A US official has told CNN that they believe pilot Captain Zaharie Shah and his co-pilot Fariq Abdul were responsible for the disappearance of the plane.
Police are reportedly investigating whether 53-year-old Captain Shah may have hijacked his own plane as a political protest – to show support for Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim.
Co-pilot Fariq Abdul, 27, has also been investigated, and it has been revealed that on previous flights he invited passengers into the cockpit of the plane.
2. Al-Qaeda involvement in missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
UK media are reporting that the plane hijacking could be linked to al-Qaeda.
The Telegraph reports that an al-Qaeda informer told courts last week that it was possible up to five Malaysian men had been planning to take over a plane – using a bomb hidden in the sole of a shoe to blast open the door to the cockpit. The Telegraph wrote that:
Security experts said the evidence from a convicted British terrorist was “credible”. The supergrass said that he had met the Malaysian jihadists – one of whom was a pilot – in Afghanistan and given them a shoe bomb to use to take control of an aircraft.
However, Mr Najib has said, “Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to deviate from its original flight path.”
3. Uighur separatists claim responsibility for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Last week, Uighur separatists from China’s Muslim province claimed responsibility for the disappearance of the plane. But the claims were dismissed as not credible, despite the fact that a 35-year-old Uighur man was on board the plane.
However, Malaysian authorities have now said that the man undertook flight simulator training in 2005 – so the reports are being looked at in a new light.