Author reveals her startling new theory on missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet

The US was answerable for downing missing flight MH370, which disappeared in 2014 with the lack of all 239 passengers on board, a new e book claims. 

The American army used digital jamming expertise to make the airplane disappear from radar screens earlier than lastly taking pictures it down after a failed bid to re-route it and seize highly-sensitive digital gear to China

That’s the startling theory put ahead by French journalist Florence de Changy in her new e book ‘The Disappearing Act: The Impossible Case of MH370’. 

De Changy has been reporting and investigating on the missing airline because the thriller dominated information channels for weeks and months after March 2014.

In the 400-page e book, the investigative journalist and Far-Eastern correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde delves into the quite a few theories which have been put ahead to elucidate the thriller of what occurred to the airplane.

But the concept the case is a thriller, de Changy argues, is a fabrication in and of itself, perpetuated by these accountable and in-the-know about what actually occurred to the Boeing 777 on March 8, 2014.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished in 2014. Pictured: The missing aircraft taking off in France in 2011

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it vanished in 2014. Pictured: The missing plane taking off in France in 2011

As de Changy writes, ‘It was not doable […] for a Boeing 777 to have merely disappeared.’ She paradoxically calls the disappearance ‘the best thriller within the historical past of aviation’ which, she believes, is its largest con.

After the author goes into nice element over 14 chapters dispelling numerous theories which have been put ahead – that the airplane was hijacked; that the captain had run amok; that there had been a fireplace on-board; that there was a hypoxia occasion within the cabin – de Changy places ahead her personal speculation within the e book’s epilogue.

Flight MH370, she suggests, was introduced down by the United States Air Force after a failed try and intercept the airplane and seize a cargo of ‘digital tools’ that was en-route to Beijing, and that the US didn’t need China to have.

In the months that adopted the failed mission and downing of the airliner, de Changy says the governments concerned within the aftermath – the US, China, Malaysia, Australia, Vietnam, and the UK and France in an investigative capability – embarked on a marketing campaign of distraction and disinformation to cover the atrocity. 

The journalist prefaces her speculation by saying that it’s based mostly on her seven years of investigations throughout numerous continents that she remembers within the e book, however that it’s purely her personal theory of what occurred to flight MH370.

From day one, when the airplane vanished because it was flying from Kuala Lumpar to Beijing however vanished off the radar, de Changy says she was struck by the incompetence of the Malaysian authorities, by their blatant disregard for reality and apparent want to not inform anybody something of significance. 

The particulars of what occurred have been reconstituted by trial and error, and ‘assembled like a jigsaw puzzle over subsequent weeks, months and years, in the light of information that was released in dribs and drabs, for the most part diluted in an ocean of false or inaccurate data’, she writes. 

What is understood is that the airplane took off from Kuala Lumpar at 12:21 a.m. on Saturday, March 8 2014. It was as a consequence of land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. on the identical day. On board the Boeing 777-200ER have been 227 passengers and 12 crew. 

The airplane was final seen on civilian radar at 1:21 a.m., above the ocean the place the South China Sea meets the Gulf of Thailand. Its supposed flight path ought to have taken it over the South China Sea and Vietnam.

But officers keep that the airplane was tracked on army radar over the Malacca Strait –  a slim stretch of water between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra – having made a U-turn over Malaysia, as a substitute heading in direction of the Indian ocean.

At 2:25 a.m., officers say army radar detected what might have been the jetliner, 200 miles north-west of Penang Island, suggesting the airplane had turned north in direction of the Andaman Islands.

The disappearing act: by Florence de Changy. The French reporter has put forward a new theory about what happened to flight MH370 in her new book

Florence de Changy has been investigating MH370 since it went missing in 2014

The disappearing act (left) by Florence de Changy (proper). The French reporter has put ahead a new theory about what occurred to flight MH370 in her new e book. de Changy has been reporting on and investigating MH370 because it went missing in 2014

What would turn out to be the world’s most in depth and costly ever search mission within the historical past of aviation was launched, which de Changy alleges was fully pointless, and was even carried out to hide actuality. 

The journalist posits that when a magician does a trick, one tactic above all is required for it to achieve success: Distraction. In the case of MH370, she argues, the distraction was widespread disinformation. 

‘In the case of MH370, many alternative means have been deployed on the identical time,’ she writes. ‘The advance of reality has been crippled from day one.’    

Analysis of the plane’s actions recognized a 23,000 sq. mile (60,000 sq. kilometres) search space within the southern India Ocean, roughly 1,200 miles west of Perth, a metropolis in southwest Australia.

Australia assumed cost of the search on March 17, which de Changy claims was 1000’s of miles away from the situation the airplane was truly downed. 

The operation was ruinously costly (£103 million) and an abject failure. Nothing was discovered, not even a seatbelt. ‘When it came to the art of bungling a search operation and providing deliberate or accidental misinformation, Australia ran Malaysia pretty close,’ writes de Changy. 

But there was no U-turn, she claims. 

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Pictured top: A map showing the key moments of flight MH370 on March 8, 2014, as well as its intended flight path over Vietnam on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpar. Bottom: A map showing the 'crash sit' in the southern Indian Ocean which led to a huge search

Pictured prime: A map exhibiting the important thing moments of flight MH370 on March 8, 2014, in addition to its supposed flight path over Vietnam on its strategy to Beijing from Kuala Lumpar. Bottom: A map exhibiting the ‘crash sit’ within the southern Indian Ocean which led to an enormous search

De Changy argues that the only clarification – that MH370 crashed within the South China Sea shortly after it was final seen on regional indicators – was ‘quashed and tampered with in report time’, regardless of corroborating proof on the time.

This was not helped by 24-hour information protection of the occasion, she writes, that perpetuated theories, reminiscent of that of two mysterious Iranian passengers with pretend passports probably being behind the catastrophe.

The Iranian passengers turned out to have purchased their solid passports in Thailand. Malaysia Airlines refused, ‘for security reasons’, to elucidate how travellers with solid passports had been capable of purchase tickets. 

Interpol mentioned they weren’t identified terrorists. Apparently Iranians do that on a regular basis, to keep away from being recognized at Iranian at airports. The lead went chilly, having been the main target of all of the information protection for 48 hours.  

The character of the pilot – Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah – was additionally shortly introduced into query, with strategies that the occasion might need been a murder-suicide. However, De Changy argues that no pilot would know the way to make a airplane completely vanish in the best way that MH370 did.

She additionally factors out that for many years, militaries have been attempting to make stealth plane that’s undetectable to others. It’s not that simple, she says. In addition, she says that even when the theory Shah had purposefully crashed the airliner, the ‘thriller’ of the whereabouts of an enormous airplane carrying 239 individuals remains to be not solved.

Far-Eastern correspondent for Le Monde, Florence de Changy investigates the mystery in a new tome. Pictured: Catherine Gang, whose husband Li Zhi was on Flight MH370

Far-Eastern correspondent for Le Monde, Florence de Changy investigates the thriller in a new tome. Pictured: Catherine Gang, whose husband Li Zhi was on Flight MH370

Chunks of airplane began to show up on seashores throughout the area. The greatest hope was a flaperon (what at the moment are known as ailerons), which washed up on the shore of Reunion Island close to Madagascar. The French, who have been investigating as Reunion is one in every of their departments, mentioned they have been ‘almost certain’ it got here from MH370.

The Malaysian prime minister introduced his certainty that it had come from MH370.

But the flaperon had misplaced its ID plate, and they’re so securely hooked up it actually shouldn’t have completed. De Changy came upon that ID plates are routinely eliminated when airport components are recycled, so the flaperon might have come from any previous airplane. She thinks it’d even have been planted there. 

After a whole lot of pages of telling the story of her investigation, and debunking the quite a few theories put ahead as explanations, de Changy gives her speculation.  

In the Being-777’s cargo was 2.5 tonnes of ‘poorly documented Motorola electronics tools,’ she says. The writer means that this belonged to the US, and that China wished to get their palms on it. Investigating the cargo, de Changy writes that it had not undergone the right safety screening.

At the time, the US – beneath Barack Obama’s administration – was withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Some consider the thriller cargo to be the stays of a drone downed in Pakistan, or army tools captured by the Taliban.

Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 take part in a prayer service at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing, China (file photo)

Chinese relations of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 participate in a prayer service on the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing, China (file picture)

De Changy says no matter it was, Beijing – beneath the new management of Xi Jinping on the time – wished to get its palms of it, and had routed it by Kuala Lumpar to be taken to Beijing on a nigh-time passenger jet.

But when the US caught wind of the plot, de Changy suggests the rival superpower got here up with a plan to intercept the cargo, and to pressure MH370 to land, confiscate the cargo, and ship it on its strategy to Beijing with only a two-hour delay.

At the time, de Changy reviews that the US was collaborating in an air defence operation within the area, and that the plan might be masked as a coaching operation. 

Furthermore, Waypoint IGARI – The ‘switch of management’ level, when Malaysia air site visitors management palms over to its Vietnamese counterparts on the route being taken by MH370 – is managed by Singapore, a US ally.

At this level of the flight, de Changy means that two US Airborne Early Warning (Awacs) planes might have sandwiched MH370 – from above and under – fully blocking its magnetic subject and all communications, rendering it invisible.

At this level, Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah would have been ordered by the US to land the airplane at a close-by airbase, probably airbase U-Tapao in Thailand, de Changy says.

In this February 23, 2016 file photo, a waiter walks past a mural of flight MH370 in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In this February 23, 2016 file picture, a waiter walks previous a mural of flight MH370 in Shah Alam outdoors Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What the planning didn’t account for, nevertheless, was the pilot’s refusal to comply with such orders, as a substitute maybe saying he would keep his course to Beijing till he was advised in any other case by Malaysia Airlines.

It’s doable that the pilot and co-pilot tried to take a shortcut to achieve Chinese airspace extra shortly, de Changy suggests, however their try to flee the clutches of the US planes failed.

‘The taking pictures down might have been a blunder,’ she writes, ‘but it surely might have additionally been a final resort to cease the airplane and its particular cargo from falling into Chinese palms.’

De Changy additionally says it is a risk that it was in reality China that struck the airplane, reacting to seeing numerous unannounced planes flying into its airspace in a area that’s extremely unstable.

With its enormous navy presence within the area, de Changy says – beneath the quilt of disinformation being unfold on the time – the US might have cleared up the crash web site whereas the worldwide seek for the airplane passed off 1000’s of miles away. 

The journalist then particulars how the US and China responded within the aftermath of the crash, writing how she was struck the uncharacteristic discretion from US officers all through the disaster, a rustic that’s identified for providing assist in disasters.

Grace Subathirai Nathan, daughter of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 passenger Anne Daisy, shows a piece of debris believed to be from flight MH370 during a press conference in Putrajaya in 2018

Grace Subathirai Nathan, daughter of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 passenger Anne Daisy, reveals a chunk of particles believed to be from flight MH370 throughout a press convention in Putrajaya in 2018

She additionally notes that the US by no means issued ‘the slightest reproach to Malaysian authorities for such a catastrophe,’ which concerned a US-made Boeing airplane and thee US nationals on board.

It can be no secret, she writes, that the US has in depth satellite tv for pc protection within the area, but no assist has been provided within the type of satellite tv for pc photos from the quite a few positions the nation has above the South China Sea. 

Neither has the US been forthcoming with assist and sources within the seek for the missing airplane, de Changy says.

Despite this, she factors to information of calls between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping within the aftermath, the main points of which weren’t absolutely launched, and means that the pair might have each been in-the-know about what occurred to MH370.

But why would China associate with this, with the vast majority of the passengers being Chinese residents? In the disaster, de Changy says that China probably noticed a chance.

Xi Xingping was lower than a yr into his time as President, and she or he writes that the chief was confronted with a alternative: Either expose the US’ accountability for the catastrophe, or use it to make a deal.

A Boeing 777 flaperon cut down to match the one from flight MH370 found on Reunion island off the coast of Africa in 2015, is lowered into water to discover its drift characteristics by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation researchers in Tasmania

A Boeing 777 flaperon lower all the way down to match the one from flight MH370 discovered on Reunion island off the coast of Africa in 2015, is lowered into water to find its drift traits by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation researchers in Tasmania

In the months and years that adopted, China begun to aggressively increase within the South China Sea, with the US largely turning a blind eye, providing little resistance.

For instance. on May 2, 2014, weeks after the disappearance of MH370, National Offshore Oil Corporation moved its $1 billion oil righ – the Hai Yang Shi You 981 – to a location 17 nautical miles from Triton Island, the southwesternmost island of the disputed Paracel Islands.

‘Isn’t it ironic that whereas Australia was attracting the world information headlines, with its declare to be overseeing the biggest (bogus) search operation within the historical past of mankind, China was quietly performing an incomparable extra formidable, extra expensive and extra consequential operation?’, de Changy writes.

Other nations have additionally stored it quiet too, she claims. Malaysia, who bore the brunt of the vast majority of the criticism on the planet’s press; Vietnam, whose shores are closest to the place de Changy believes the airplane got here down; France, who personal Réunion island the place a chunk of particles washed ashore on; the UK, whose Air Accidents Investigations Branch established the ultimate crash web site of MH370.

All have been both knowingly or unknowingly complicit, de Changy claims.

Malaysian Minister of Transport Anthony Loke (centre) looks at the wing flap found on Pemba Island, Tanzania, in 2019 which has been identified a missing part of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Malaysian Minister of Transport Anthony Loke (centre) seems to be on the wing flap discovered on Pemba Island, Tanzania, in 2019 which has been recognized a missing a part of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Why did everybody lie? Because though the Malaysians didn’t truly need the puzzle solved for causes de Changy explains, they wished it to be seen to have been solved, so they may neglect about it. 

France was attempting to promote arms to Malaysia, and was comfortable to grease the wheels. The French report on a mysterious flaperon – that washed up on a far-away shore – was by no means printed. 

Malaysia and the US developed a surprisingly shut relationship within the months that adopted the disappearance, de Changy writes, and by 2016, Vietnam had turn out to be America’s quickest rising export market.

While the reporter acknowledges – on quite a few events – that her speculation is far-fetched, she stands by her debunking of the opposite theories which have been put ahead, and that the accepted narrative and accusations concerning the pilot needs to be extensively challenged.

‘I’ve established that MH370 didn’t U-turn, didn’t fly over Malaysia and, to chop an extended story shot, by no means crashed within the Southern Indian Ocean. Many extra clues level to a covert interception try that went terribly unsuitable, with a deadly accident occurring between 2:40 a.m. between Vietnam and China,’ she writes.            


Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured) was the pilot of the doomed flight

Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured) was the pilot of the doomed flight


Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberate mass homicide due to private issues, locking his co-pilot out of the cockpit, closing down all communications, depressurising the principle cabin after which disabling the plane in order that it continued flying on auto-pilot till it ran out of gasoline.

That was the favored theory within the weeks after the airplane’s disappearance. 

His private issues, rumours in Kuala Lumpur mentioned, included a break up together with his spouse Fizah Khan, and his fury {that a} relative, opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim, had been given a five-year jail sentence for sodomy shortly earlier than he boarded the airplane for the flight to Beijing.

But the pilot’s spouse angrily denied any private issues and different members of the family and his mates mentioned he was a loyal household man and cherished his job.

This theory was additionally the conclusion of the primary impartial research into the catastrophe by the New Zealand-based air accident investigator, Ewan Wilson.

Wilson, the founding father of Kiwi Airlines and a industrial pilot himself, arrived on the surprising conclusion after contemplating ‘each conceivable different situation’.

However, he has not been capable of present any conclusive proof to assist his theory.

The claims are made within the e book ‘Goodnight Malaysian 370’, which Wilson co-wrote with the New Zealand broadsheet journalist, Geoff Taylor.

It’s additionally been rumoured that Zaharie used a flight simulator at his house to plot a path to a distant island.

However, officers in Kuala Lumpur declared that Malaysian police and the FBI’s technical consultants had discovered nothing to counsel he was planning to hijack the flight after carefully analyzing his flight simulator. 

And there are additionally theories that the tragic disappearance might have been a heroic act of sacrifice by the pilot.

Australian aviation fanatic Michael Gilbert believes the doomed airplane caught hearth mid-flight, forcing the pilot to plot a course away from closely populated areas. 


Co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, once more for private issues, was suspected by rumour-spreaders to have overpowered the pilot and disabled the plane, flying it to its doom with crew and passengers unable to get by the locked cockpit door.

Theorists have put ahead the suggestion that he was having relationship issues and this was his dramatic method of taking his personal life.

But he was engaged to be married to Captain Nadira Ramli, 26, a fellow pilot from one other airline, and cherished his job. There are not any identified causes for him to have taken any deadly motion.

There have been a series of outlandish theories about the disappearance of the plane

There have been a sequence of outlandish theories concerning the disappearance of the airplane

Others have instructed that as a result of he was identified to have often invited younger girls into the cockpit throughout a flight, he had completed so this time and one thing had gone unsuitable.

Young Jonti Roos mentioned in March that she spent a complete flight in 2011 within the cockpit being entertained by Hamid, who was smoking.

Interest within the co-pilot was renewed when it was revealed he was the final particular person to speak from the cockpit after the communication system was lower off. 


An professional has claimed the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was hijacked on the orders of Vladimir Putin and secretly landed in Kazakhstan.

Jeff Wise, a U.S. science author who spearheaded CNN’s protection of the Boeing 777-200E, has based mostly his outlandish theory on pings that the airplane gave off for seven hours after it went missing, that have been recorded by British telecommunications firm Inmarsat.

Wise believes that hijackers ‘spoofed’ the airplane’s navigation knowledge to make it appear to be it went in one other course, however flew it to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is leased from Kazakhstan by Russia.

However, Wise admits in New York Magazine that he doesn’t know why Vladimir Putin would need to steal a airplane full of individuals and that his concept is considerably ‘loopy’.

Wise additionally famous there have been three Russian males onboard the flight, two of them Ukrainian passport holders.

Aviation catastrophe consultants analysed satellite tv for pc knowledge and found – like the info recorded by Inmarsat – that the airplane flew on for hours after dropping contact.

Careful examination of the proof has revealed that MH370 made three turns after the final radio name, first a flip to the left, then two extra, taking the airplane west, then south in direction of Antarctica.


This extraordinary declare got here from 41-year-old British yachtsman Katherine Tee, from Liverpool, whose preliminary account of seeing what she thought was a burning airplane within the night time sky made headlines around the globe.

On arrival in Thailand’s Phuket after crusing throughout the Indian Ocean from Cochin, southern India with her husband, she mentioned: ‘I might see the define of the airplane – it regarded longer than planes normally do.There was what gave the impression to be black smoke streaming from behind.’

Ms Tee’s basic description of the time and place was obscure and she or he misplaced all credibility when she later acknowledged on her weblog that she believed MH370 was a kamikaze airplane that was aimed toward a flotilla of Chinese ships and it was shot down earlier than it might smash into the vessels.

Without stable proof of the satellite tv for pc knowledge, she wrote on her weblog, Saucy Sailoress, the airplane she noticed was flying at low altitude in direction of the army convoy she and her husband had seen on latest nights. She added that web analysis confirmed a Chinese flotilla was within the space on the time.

While the debris proved the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, the location of the main underwater wreckage — and its crucial black box data recorders — remains stubbornly elusive. 

While the particles proved the airplane went down within the Indian Ocean, the situation of the principle underwater wreckage — and its essential black field knowledge recorders — stays stubbornly elusive. 


On a flight from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur that crossed over the Andaman Sea on March 8, Malaysian lady Raja Dalelah, 53, noticed what she believed was a airplane sitting on the water’s floor.

She did not know concerning the search that had been began for MH370. She alerted a stewardess who advised her to return to sleep.

‘I used to be shocked to see what regarded just like the tail and wing of an plane on the water,’ she mentioned.

It was solely when she advised her mates on touchdown in Kuala Lumpur what she had seen that she realized of the missing jet. She had seen the item at about 2.30pm Malaysian time.

She mentioned she had been capable of determine a number of ships and islands earlier than noticing the silver object that she mentioned was a airplane.

But her story was laughed off by pilots who mentioned it will have been inconceivable to have seen a part of an plane within the water from 35,000ft or seven miles.

Ms Raja filed an official report with police the identical day and has stored to her story.

‘I do know what I noticed,’ she mentioned.


A catastrophic occasion reminiscent of a fireplace disabling a lot of the tools resulted within the pilots turning the airplane again in direction of the Malaysian peninsula within the hope of touchdown on the nearest airport.

Satellite knowledge, plausible or not, suggests the plane did make a flip and theorists say there can be no purpose for the pilots to vary course except confronted with an emergency.

A fireplace in an analogous Boeing 777 jet parked at Cairo airport in 2011 was discovered to have been attributable to an issue with the primary officer’s oxygen masks provide tubing.

Stewarts Law, which has litigated in a sequence of latest air disasters, believes the airplane crashed after a fireplace – just like the blaze on the Cairo airport runway – broke out within the cockpit.

After an investigation into the Cairo blaze, Egypt’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Central Directorate (EAAICD) launched their closing report which revealed that the hearth originated close to the primary officer’s oxygen masks provide tubing.

The reason for the hearth couldn’t be conclusively decided, however investigators pinpointed an issue with the cockpit hose used to offer oxygen for the crew within the occasion of decompression.

Following the 2011 hearth, US plane homeowners have been instructed to switch the system – it was estimated to price $2,596 (£1,573) per plane. It was not identified whether or not Malaysia Airlines had carried out the change.

If both pilot wished to crash the airplane, why flip it round? So the turn-around suggests they have been attempting to land as quickly as doable due to an emergency.


The Boeing 777 was shot down by the Americans who feared the plane had been hijacked and was about for use to assault the U.S. army base on Diego Garcia atoll within the Indian Ocean. So conspiracy theorists declare.

And former French airline director Marc Dugain mentioned he had been warned by British intelligence that he was taking dangers by investigating this angle.

There isn’t any method of checking whether or not Dugain obtained such a warning or why he believes the Americans shot down the airplane.

But including to the theory that the plane was flown to Diego Garcia, both by the pilot Zaharie or a hijacker, was the declare that on the pilot’s house flight simulator was a ‘observe’ flight to the island.

Professor Glees mentioned: ‘The Americans would have little interest in doing something of the type and never telling the world.

‘In theory, they could want to shoot down a airplane they thought was attacking them however they would not simply hearth missiles, they’d examine it first with fighters and would shortly realise that even when it needed to be shot down, the world would wish to know.’

Mr Rosenschein mentioned: ‘The U.S. wouldn’t have been capable of cover this reality and in any occasion, if it have been true, they’d have admitted their motion as it will have prevented a profitable terrorist motion on this event and acted as a deterrent for future terrorist assaults.’ 


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