What do we have in common?
Martin Sinclair Edmonton Alberta Hainan China
I've said right from day one it was the pilot. This was not the first time a pilot has decided to kill everyone on board his plane. EgyptAir 990 in Oct 1999 went down shortly after taking off from New York. The captain was going to be sacked immediately upon return to Cairo. He decided to not let that happen. he was supposed to fly a later leg in the journey but convinced the junior co-pilot to get out of his seat and let him fly as soon as he saw the captain leave the cockpit to go to the washroom. Once he was alone in the cockpit, he disconnected the autopilot and pointed the control yolk at the sea below. When the other pilot realized what was happening they barged back into the cockpit and began trying to take over the controls. The cockpit recorder voices were heard saying PULL WITH ME. The controls on the left side were fully opposite from the controls on the right side. Not surprisingly no one survived.
When MH370 was handed over to Saigon radar, it was the perfect time to go missing because Saigon wouldn't start asking questions for 20 minutes and by that time MH370 was long gone. Military radars saw the aircraft climb quickly to 40,000' when it was level at 31,000'. It is likely that the pilot turned off cabin compression air system so that all of the passengers lost consciousness within minutes. No one ever woke up after that. The pilot would have more oxygen than anyone in the back. The junior co-pilot may have just been sent into the rear to get coffee and was locked out when he left.
The pilot then descended to an altitude that would mask the aircraft from primary radars as he crossed the Malaysian Peninsula westbound. He then turned the aircraft Northwest to avoid any land until it was in the Indian Ocean. Now he turned Southwest until finally running out of fuel 2000 miles west of Perth. The pilot had turned the radar transponder off but what he didn't think of was that there was a maintenance system on board that sent engine data to a satellite which then relayed that signal to a land base in Perth. These hourly data pings were leaving a clear trajectory of which direction the plane was heading. When the plane crossed the Malaysian Peninsula, a ping was detected from the copilot's mobile phone. He may have been trying to make a call to someone before passing out from hypoxia.
From the very beginning, it was decided by the top people in the Malaysian gov't that this was a murder suicide by the pilot. They were embarrassed and did not dare say that to the public but told the Australian Prime Minister and even praised Capt Zaharie publicly. Zaharie had a flight simulator at home and had many flights in the hard drive memory of his simulator that ended in the Southern Indian Ocean. He knew it would run out of fuel in the deepest parts of that ocean.
Zaharie was a practising Muslim but with no ties to terrorism. The question of how he did it is quite simple. The question of why he did it is more complex but still for those of us interested in psychology an even more interesting one. I try to put myself in his shoes as I am a pilot and see if I could feel what he was feeling. Zaharie's wife and family moved out of their home in Kuala Lampur the day before the plane went missing. There is also a report of him having some kind of trouble with a mistress two days before his wife moved out. Now a Muslim is allowed to have four wives if he can afford them, but we all know that means four times the trouble of having one. Even if it was allowed in the western world, who in his right mind would want to do it? Could his wife and mistress have both dumped him in the same week? She might have wanted to take everything from him. He'd be disgraced forever and at the twilight of his career unable to begin over again. He'd be so angry at the world, he'd surly want his sweet revenge. In his mind, the world could never prove, although some might wonder, what he had done.
There are two theories of how it hit the water. One is that Zuharie could have turned his oxygen off so that he'd drift off to sleep and be dead when it hit the water at 1000 kph. The other theory is that he stayed alive and ditched the aircraft out side the search area so that it would not break up on impact creating a lot of floating debris, which could be found by ships. From 40,000' the 777 could glide another 130 kms without engines running. The Australian Navy searched too far north. They didn't listen to the suggestions of the Transport Safety Board pilots for where to search.
I think some one will find it before too long and then we'll know all his secrets with certainty.