The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was the subject of a bombshell report on Sunday aired by the Australian edition of legendary news program 60 Minutes — a report that charges Malaysia with a cover-up and even indicates that Malaysia government officials may have known that the missing Boeing 777-200's pilot deliberately flew the plane off course, ditching it, along with all 238 other people on board, into the Indian Ocean.
To watch both Part One and Part two of the approximately 20-minute long Australian 60 Minutes report, scroll down this page for the full video. The segment aired on Australia's Channel 9 Sunday evening, July 31, which would have been early Sunday morning in United States time zones.
A year on from when the flaperon was discovered, Malaysia's transport minister admits he still has not seen it.https://t.co/xN2Hc8uYRRFlight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014, during an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, suddenly cutting off all communication and radar contact with the ground. Only through a series of satellite "handshake" signals were investigators able to determine that the plane took a sharp westerly turn, then flew for about seven hours before ending up in the remote waters of the Indian Ocean.
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) July 31, 2016
The official search team, lead by Australia as well as Malaysia and China, has operated on the theory that the plane's crew somehow became disabled, and Flight MH370 became a "ghost plane," flying on automatic pilot until it ran out if fuel and spiraled violently into the ocean.
For more background information and coverage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 mystery, see the "Previous Coverage" box below on this page.
In the following video excerpt, however, widow Danica Weeks — whose husband Paul was aboard the flight and is presumed to have perished along with all of the other passengers and crew — makes the stunning allegation that the wife of a Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak told her that "someone" did something that caused the plane to fly off course and be lost.
"[She said] it was very horrible that someone would do that to 238 innocent people. She was insinuating that the pilots took the plane," Weeks, of Perth, Australia, told 60 Minutes.
Weeks also said that she believed the passengers and crew may have been alive for the entire seven-hour duration of the deadly flight, helpless to do anything about their fate.
Watch Part One of the 60 Minutes' Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 investigative report in the video below.
Part Two of the Australian 60 Minutes segment can be viewed in the following video.
The program also features an interview with veteran Canadian crash investigator Larry Vance — who is not part of the official Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 investigation, but who has investigated high-profile airline crashes in the past — in which Vance says that the only reasonable conclusion about the plane's fate is that a "rogue pilot" commandeered the plane and for reasons known only to himself, "glided" it into the Indian Ocean waters.
A wing part known as a "flaperon" from the Malaysia Airlines plane was discovered on French-owned Reunion Island about one year ago. The surprisingly intact condition of the flaperon, Vance said, could only have resulted from the plane being deliberately flown into the water — rather than from a violent crash.
French investigators: Wing part is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Serial number on flaperon linked to corr... http://t.co/9w20mMOXCd"The force of the water is really the only thing that could make that jagged edge that we see," Vance told 60 Minutes. "It wasn't broken off. If it was broken off, it would be a clean break. You couldn't even break that thing. I know from experience that it's wide. If you wanted to break that off, you couldn't do it and make it look like that."
— Mohamed Bakchich (@Bakchich073) September 3, 2015
Crash investigator Larry Vance says he believes MH370 was deliberately flown into the ocean by a rogue pilot: https://t.co/qUKBGUyEhl #9NewsThe Australian 60 Minutes report comes about a week after American reporter Jeff Wise, who has covered the Flight MH370 story from the beginning, published a report in New York Magazine revealing that a previously secret police report showed that Malaysia Airlines pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah used a home flight simulator to plan a bizarre, off-course flight into the Indian Ocean — using a simulated route eerily similar to the one investigators believe that the plane actually took.
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) July 31, 2016
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