Pondering on the chain of events that led to the plane’s disappearance, the author argued that without learning why the person piloting the airliner performed a certain manoeuvre, one may never find out what fate ultimately befell Flight MH370.

 Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, was at the controls when MH370 vanished in March 2014
Sylvia Wrigley believes the key to unravelling the mystery lies in the motive behind the plane’s first turn.

Commenting on the enigmatic disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in 2014, pilot and author Sylvia Wrigley, who previously compared all the secrecy surrounding this event to Area 51 conspiracy theories, has recently suggested that one particular factor currently makes this mystery “impossible to solve,” according to the Daily Star.

During an interview with the newspaper, Wrigley likened the MH370 disappearance mystery to a jigsaw puzzle where “we’ve put together the four corners and most of the edging”.

“If it was a plot, then why hasn’t anyone spoken up? If it was suicide, then why take so many risks and go such a long-winded away about it? If it was alien abduction, then why are they so damn incompetent after all these years?” she inquired.

As Wrigley explained, it all comes down to discovering the reason why the pilot turned the airliner around prior to the disappearance, as “the person in control of the aircraft had a reason — get back to the home airport, fulfil the demands of hijackers, disappear from the known route, or something else we haven’t thought of.”

 Mystery still surrounds why the passenger jet veered off course
could this plane have been ‘taken over’ (for whatever nefarious reason)

Mystery still surrounds why the passenger jet veered off course

“My personal belief is that something else went wrong, some other unexpected event which interrupted the course of events. What we need to know, if we are going to unravel this, is the motive behind that first turn”, she said. “Without knowing why Captain Shah or someone else turned off course in the first place, we can’t make sense of what happened next and why that plan, whatever it was, was interrupted”.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished above the South China Sea while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur in March 2014, after making a leftward detour and flying toward the Indian Ocean; large-scale search operations launched after the plane’s disappearance have yielded no results.

Speaking to Daily Star Online, she said: “It’s like we have a jigsaw puzzle and we’ve put together the four corners and most of the edging.”

She added: “If it was a plot, then why hasn’t anyone spoken up? If it was suicide, then why take so many risks and go such a long-winded way about it? If it was alien abduction, then why are they so damn incompetent after all these years?”

The aviation enthusiast explained: “Something caused that decision to turn back — a technical failure, coercion, or a complicated plot.

“The person in control of the aircraft had a reason — get back to the home airport, fulfil the demands of hijackers, disappear from the known route, or something else we haven’t thought of.”

Ms Wrigley believes that it was something else that went wrong, another unexpected event which interrupted the flight plan.

She said: “What we need to know, if we are going to unravel this, is the motive behind that first turn.

“Without knowing why Captain Shah or someone else turned off course in the first place, we can’t make sense of what happened next and why that plan, whatever it was, was interrupted.”

Ms Wrigley is the author of Without a Trace — a two-volume work covering aviation mysteries from 1881 to the present day.

What happened to flight MH370?

Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board.

Just 38 minutes into the flight, MH370 lost contact with Malaysia Airlines.

Scores of conspiracy theories have surfaced in the wake of the flights disappearance.

The official final report into the vanished flight revealed that the doomed jet was deliberately turned off course and may have been hijacked by a “third party.”

A 495 page report by the Malaysian government shows the aircraft was under manual control when it deviated before plunging into the Indian Ocean.

Malaysian captain Zaharie Amad Shah was flying the aircraft when it disappeared.

Shah, born July 31, 1961, was described as a veteran pilot who joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981.

In the wake of the plane’s disappearance, rumours surfaced that he had locked the co-pilot out of the cockpit then crashed the plane in a murder-suicide.

The claim has been made by fellow pilot and life-long friend of Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, who was in command of the Boeing 777 the night it vanished.

Now, a fellow 777 captain has said he has reluctantly concluded that his close friend deliberately crashed the plane.

Has the engine been found?

Five pieces, thought to be from the plane, recently washed up in Madagascar.

Aviation expert Victor Iannello believes one fragment, which appears to be from the interior floorboard, is consistent with a “high-speed impact”.

More than 30 bits of aircraft debris have been collected from various places around the world but only three wing fragments that washed up along the Indian Ocean have been confirmed to be from MH370.

In October 2018, a sleuth claimed he’d spotted an engine in the Cambodian jungle.

Daniel Boyer previously claimed to have found the cockpit and tail, complete with Malaysia Airlines logo, of the missing aircraft.

MH370 – WHAT HAPPENED?

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur and was heading to Beijing with 239 people on board.

Passengers included Chinese calligraphers, a couple on their way home to their young sons after a long-delayed honeymoon and a construction worker who hadn’t been home in a year.

But at 12.14am on March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines lost contact with MH370 close to Phuket island in the Strait of Malacca.

Before that, Malaysian authorities believe the last words heard from the plane, from either the pilot or co-pilot, was “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”.

Satellite “pings” from the aircraft suggest it continued flying for around seven hours when the fuel would have run out.

Experts have calculated the most likely crash site around 1,000 miles west of Perth, Australia.

But a huge search of the seabed failed to find any wreckage – and there are a number of alternative theories as to its fate.

What are some of the theories about the Malaysia Airlines flight?

Vladimir Putin

Some feared Russian president Vladimir Putin was involved in the hijacking of MH370.

US Science writer Jeff Wise claimed Putin “spoofed” the plane’s navigation data so it could fly unnoticed into Baikonur Cosmodrome so he could “hurt the West”.

US shootout

French ex-airline director Marc Dugain accused the US military of shooting down the plane because they feared it had been hijacked.
A book called Flight MH370 – The Mystery also suggested that it had been shot down accidentally by US-Thai joint jet fighters during a military exercise and covered it up.

Suicide

Malaysia police chief Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar suggested the disappearance could have been the result of a suicide.

He claimed someone on board could have taken out a large life insurance package before getting on the plane, so they could treat their family or pay back the money they owed.

In hiding?

Historian and writer Norman Davies suggested MH370 could have been remotely hacked and flown to a secret location as a result of sensitive material being carried aboard the jet.

Cracks in the plane

Malaysia Airlines found a 15-inch crack in the fuselage of one of its planes, days before MH370 disappeared.

The Federal Aviation Administration insists it issued a final warning two days before the disappearance.

But the Daily Mirror claimed the missing jet “did not have the same antenna as the rest of the Boeing 777s” so it did not receive the warning.

Pilot planned the incident

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unexpectedly said it was “very likely that the captain planned this shocking event”.

He claimed the pilot wanted to “create the world’s greatest mystery”.

Another theory claimed that he hijacked his own plane in protest of the jailing of then-Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and as a way to destabilise the corrupt government of Najib Razak.

Another seemingly far-fetched idea said the pilot had deliberately crashed the plane to cover his track as he had parachuted out of the plane so he could spend the rest of his life with his girlfriend who was waiting in a boat in the sea.

North Korea took the plane

In the wake of the incident, South Korea noted that North Korea nearly took out a Chinese plane which had 220 passengers on board, on March 5, 2014.

Some fear Pyongyang shot the plane down, but others believe it was hijacked and diverted into the communist nation.

Victims mobile phones ringing

One theory claims that because many relatives were able to hear a ringing tone for up to four days after the crash so the doomed jet could not have smashed into the Indian Ocean.

Nineteen families have all claimed the devices of their loved ones rang for up to four days after the jet went missing.

However, wireless analysts claim that phone firms sometimes use a phantom ringing sound when the device is not active, the Daily Star reports.

Crashed in the Cambodian jungle

In September 2018, British video producer Ian Wilson claimed to have found the missing aircraft using Google Maps.

Despite millions being spent on the search to located the wreckage, the Brit sleuth believes he has found the jet in a mountainous area of the Cambodian jungle.

In response, the Chinese government used observation company Space View to focus in on the high-altitude area on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

However, the firm claim there was no sign of any plane, least of all the Malaysian Airlines aircraft which has been missing since March 2014.

An MH370 sleuth has claimed that locals in Cambodia told him they saw a plane believed to be the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight crashing in the jungle.

The plane was heading for Kazakhstan

If the jet was flying north then possible locations could stretch as fast as the border between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to Thailand.

The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak originally asked the Kazakhstan leader Nursultan Nazarbayev to set up a search operation in the country but this quickly got sidelined as the rescue efforts focused on the Indian Ocean.

Credit: Alamy
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