AN axe-wielding hijacker may have botched an attempt to take control of missing flight MH370, a former Boeing pilot has sensationally claimed.
Ex-airman Luke Warfield suggests the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight may have fallen victim to a menacing takeover.
And he names the plane’s Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah as the prime suspect – because he had access to a dangerous weapon.
A sharp emergency fire axe is stowed in the flight deck in case pilots need to bust through the cabin door during a blaze.
And Mr Warfield suggests this could have been used as a deadly weapon on co-pilot Fariq Hamid.
The packed passenger plane may have disappeared during a bloody brawl in the cockpit, he claims.
Explaining his wild theory to the Daily Star Online, Mr Warfield said: “I combined my background in law enforcement and aviation and came up with, I believe, a plausible scenario.”
Believing Capt Shah to have been suicidal, Mr Warfield thinks he may have wished to take his 238 fellow passengers and crew with him.
The ex-pilot added: “Little known to the public, in the cockpit next to the captain’s seat is a very sharp fire axe.
“Once safely in cruise, Captain Shah programmed the turn into the flight computer, and after the co-pilot’s hand-off with ATC he turned off the transponder and attacked the co-pilot with the fire axe.”
BOTH PILOTS ‘DEAD IN BRAWL’
But Mr Warfield suggests Capt Shah may himself have been mortally wounded in the melee
The missing Malaysian Airlines flight vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
At 12.14am – 38 minutes after takeoff – air traffic controllers lost contact with MH370 close to Phuket island in the Strait of Malacca.
Satellite “pings” from the aircraft suggest it continued flying for around seven hours when the fuel would have run out.
But Mr Warfield thinks that both pilots may have died in their brawl – meaning the plane was able to carry on flying before it ran out of fuel and ditched in the sea.
He added: “The Captain had reengaged the autopilot manually immediately after the attack and before he passed out.”
After he died of his blood loss the autopilot would continue to fly on the last heading it was engaged on until the fuel ran out and the engines quit.
“The autopilot would continue to try to maintain altitude and rapidly put the B777 into a deep stall that would lead to a death spiral down in the ocean.
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“This descent would take several minutes but would end in a catastrophic crash, disintegrating the B777.”
Experts have calculated the most likely crash site around 1,000 miles west of Perth, Australia.
But a huge search of the seabed failed to find any wreckage – and there are a number of alternative theories as to its fate.
The families of the 239 people on board are still looking for answers five years on[/caption]
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