[Ed. – We may never know on this one. They’ve confirmed finding a piece of a wing on the East African coast, which is presumed to have drifted there. But they’ve never found the rest of the plane.]
Now, based on two slight clues, experts have a new theory about what doomed the flight: the pilot was committing suicide.
All but one of the 239 people on the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had probably been unconscious — incapacitated by the sudden depressurization of the Boeing 777 — and had no way of knowing they were on an hours-long, meandering path to their deaths.
Along that path, a panel of aviation experts said Sunday, was a brief but telling detour near Penang, Malaysia, the home town of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
On two occasions, whoever was in control of the plane — and was probably the only one awake — tipped the craft to the left.
The experts believe Zaharie, the plane’s pilot, was taking a final look. …
They suspect that the plane’s 2014 disappearance and apparent crash were a suicide by the 53-year-old Zaharie — and a premeditated act of mass murder.