Pilot Claims Australian Transport Safety Bureau 'Complicit In Crime' Over MH370 Case
A pilot has slammed the Australian Transport Safety Bureau over its handling of the MH370 case saying it needs to change its 'ghost flight' theory or else it is 'complicit in crime'.
Former easyJet pilot Mike Keane says he believes the MH370 plane was hijacked by pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah and deliberately flown outside the search area.
Speaking to The Australian, Captain Keane, who is also a Royal Air Force intelligence officer, said: "You may recall my observation of 'complicity to a crime' if the ATSB cling to their version of events when they have knowledge to the contrary.
"Put bluntly, the MH370 'crash' is undoubtedly a crime of the unlawful killing of 238 innocent people. The Australian government has also been remiss, they should have put pressure on the ATSB to listen, and act, on professional advice from the aviation community."
The ATSB theory is that the pilots lost consciousness, leaving the plane to fly on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea.
The passenger plane, carrying 239 passengers and crew disappeared in March 2014, despite extensive search efforts the plane was never found.
Australia's curent affairs programme 60 Minutes pulled together a panel of experts to discuss what they think happened last week, including senior Boeing 777 pilot and instructor Simon Hardy, former senior investigator with Canada's Transportation Safety Bureau Larry Vance, aviation safety expert Captain John Cox, former Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau Martin Dolan and John Dawson, a lawyer who represented families in the MH370 and MH17 cases.
Opinion was split between the ATSB 'ghost theory' and the idea that it was intentionally plunged into the sea.
Dawson said: "The evidence is so heavily weighted to involvement by one of the aircrew taking this aircraft down.
"That aircraft has probably depressurised, the people died of asphyxiation, it was premeditated murder. It was highly planned. The bodies have never been found."
Simon added: "As the aircraft went across Thailand and Malaysia, it runs down the border, which is wiggling underneath, meaning it's going in and out of those two countries, which is where their jurisdictions are.
"If you were commissioning me to do this operation and try and make a 777 disappear, I would do exactly the same thing.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's very accurate flying and I think it did the job, because we know, as a fact, that the military did not come and intercept the aircraft."
However, Dolan added: "If this had been a terrorist event, it's almost invariable that a terrorist organisation will claim credit for the event. There was no such claim made."
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