Flight MH370 didn’t just “disappear”: Historian suggests mystery was first case of remote skyjacking and ‘was diverted to prevent delivery of secret cargo to China’
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It is a mystery that has yet to be solved.
How did a plane carrying 239 passengers on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, suddenly and inexplicably vanish?
All that has been found so far of the ill-fated flight MH370 is a handful of parts, such as part of a wing, washed up on remote islands across the world.
Data shows the strange path taken by the Malaysia Airlines plane as it suddenly jerked from west to east, away from its destination of China on March 8, 2014 – but no one has been able to explain why it took this strange path, or where it lay now.
Large scale underwater searches focused on an area in the Indian Ocean, close to Australia, where the plane was originally believed to have crash landed into the sea.
But after little success, these were called off after two years. The plane, nor any trace of the people aboard it and families are still desperately campaigning for answers about what has happened to their loved ones lost in the sky.
Norman Davies, a historian and author, believes one possibility could be that the plane, a Boeing 777, could have been glided for several hours and landed in Antarctica – the perfect hiding spot, where it could be buried beneath the ice sheet for decades.
Outlandish theories have abounded about what could have happened to the plane – from an alien take over to a hijack that involved Vladimir Putin, to claims that rapper Pitbull predicted it would crash years before.
But the technology on board, designed to stop a repeat of the 9/11 terror attack by allowing it to be controlled on land, could mean the disappearance of MH370 may be due to the first recorded case of a remote skyjacking.
The plane was equipped with Boeing Honeywell Un-interruptible Autopilot, designed to be installed in planes since 9/11, so that they could be remotely controlled to ensure authorities could regain control in the event of an on-board hijacking.
However the existence of this technology makes its abuse and therefore a remote hijacking by a mysterious foe a very real possibility.
“We are now in the realms of cyber warfare, with people believing if there is any future war this will take the form of cyber, ” said author and historian Norman Davies.
“With developments in technology this is in the present realm of possibility.
“The missing Malaysian Airlines plane was fitted with one of these Honeywell devices. In other words it was capable of being taken over remotely. Is this what happened? I am not an expert, but there are conclusions you can draw as to what may have happened.”
Norman said while we do not know what happened to the plane, its fate may represent a new and terrifying move into a form of cyber warfare that could be disastrous in future.
He claims it may have been remotely controlled because it had something considered valuable on board that whoever seized control did not want to get to China.
Several other theories back up this possibility, pointing to the widely held belief that the official cargo manifest detailing what was actually on the Boeing 777 was wrong.
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Boeing Honeywell Uninterruptible Autopilot