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Tony Abbott on MH370: Malaysia suspects that MH370 fell into murder-suicide: former Australian Prime Minister | World News


SYDNEY: Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has claimed that “very high-level” Malaysian officials believed the flight MH370 disappeared was deliberately shot down by the captain in a mass-suicide murder.
The Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared on March 8, 2014 and transported 239 people, mainly from China, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
No plane signals were found in a search area of ​​the Indian Ocean of 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) and the search conducted by Australia, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017.
A US exploration company UU. He launched a private search in 2018, but ended after several months of touring the seabed without success.
The disappearance of the plane has long been the subject of a series of theories, ranging from credible to extravagant, including veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah who had turned rogue.
In an excerpt from a Sky News documentary aired Wednesday, Abbott says he was told within a week of his disappearance that Malaysia believed the captain had intentionally shot down the plane.
“My very clear understanding from the highest levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early here, they thought it was a murder-suicide pilot,” he said.
“I will not say who said what to whom, but let me reiterate, I want to be absolutely clear as crystal, it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot – mass murder-suicide by El pilot.”
Zaharie’s family and friends long rejected such claims as unfounded.
Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, former head of the Malaysian civil aviation regulator, criticized Abbott’s comments and said there was insufficient evidence to support the idea.
“It’s just a theory,” Azharuddin told AFP, who led the regulator when flight MH370 disappeared.
“You do this speculation and it will hurt family members. The pilot’s family will also feel very bad because you are making an accusation without any proof.”
In 2016, Malaysian authorities revealed that the pilot had traced a path over the Indian Ocean in a flight simulator back home, but emphasized that this does not prove that he had deliberately crashed the plane.
A final report on the tragedy published in 2018 noted failures in air traffic control and said the course of the plane was manually changed.
But they did not reach any firm conclusions, leaving relatives angry and disappointed.
Six passengers were Australians, including four from the state of Queensland, where Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk suggested this week that authorities can investigate their deaths.

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