MH370, which had been travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea, before vanishing from civilian radar screens. This Friday will mark the fifth anniversary since the jet went missing, but some believe it will never be recovered now amid a number of conspiracy theories.
The conspiracy theory started following the murder of Zahid Raza, a Malaysian diplomat who spent 10 years investigating the case.
The Honoury Malaysian Consul in Madagascar was shot dead in the country’s capital of Antananarivo on August 24, 2017.
Many have pointed out the link between his death and his work to find missing parts of the doomed flight.
Blaine Gibson, a US lawyer and amateur investigator of MH370, claimed his friend had been due to deliver new evidence to Malaysia before he was killed.
Blaine Gibson said his friend had died
Zahid Raza was a Malaysian diplomat
Under the agreement between the two countries, debris is supposed to be collected by Zahid Raza
Mr Gibson wrote on his blog in August 2017: “For the protection of those involved, we decided not to make this report public until the debris was safely delivered to Malaysia.
“However, tragic events have intervened.
“Under the agreement between the two countries, debris is supposed to be collected by Zahid Raza, the Honorary Malaysian Consul in Madagascar, and delivered by private courier to Malaysia.
“On August 24 the Hon. Zahid Raza was assassinated in Antananarivo.
“The debris is still safely in the hands of the Madagascar Authorities. However, new arrangements must be made for the collection and delivery of debris.”
Blaine Gibson had two new pieces of debris
Multiple pieces of wreckage, including a wing flaperon, the iconic “No Step” piece and at least one section of the interior cabin, have been confirmed as having come from the missing Boeing 777 after washing up on islands off Africa’s south-east coast.
However, integral parts such as the fuselage and the black box have never been found, adding fuel to the conspiracy theories.
Despite the claims, local reports suggest Mr Raza was a marked man long before Mr Gibson came along.
French news website ZINFOS 974 speculated Mr Raza was killed as payback for his alleged involvement in the 2009 abduction of several members of the Karens community.
MH370 captain Zaharie Shah
The article read: “Zahid Raza was the manager of an office supply business, Z & Z Center, in the Malagasy capital.
“He lived a few years in La Reunion before returning to Madagascar about three years ago to take up the post of consul in Antananarivo.
“In Madagascar, his name is associated with the kidnapping of members of the Karen community in Fianarantsoa in 2009.
“Suspected of having participated, he is imprisoned in Tsiafahy and then in Antanimora prison.
“He was able to return to his country freely in December 2010, provoking indignation within the Karen community.”
A key piece of debris recovered was the flaperon
The evidence was discovered on Reunion island
The revelation comes after Malaysia’s transport minister said he is open to being persuaded that new technology could help find the missing plane.
Anthony Loke said: “We are more than willing to restart the search.”
Malaysia’s Prime Minister also vowed that he will not “give up” on the doomed jet.
Two previous wide-scale sweeps of the Indian Ocean have failed to find any trace of the Boeing 777.
Although the aircraft was not tracked at the time, later interpretations of automatically transmitted “pings” led investigators to conclude it is lost in the southeast Indian Ocean.
Debris from the doomed flight has washed up on beaches – most notably on the French island of Reunion.