A former British Airways Pilot told The Telegraph that flight MH370’s sharp westward turn – during his handoff from Malaysian to Vietname – was the perfect moment to steal the plane.
A change in the flight plan took place before the last communication with Malaysia.
The pilots never made contact with Vietnam.
Strange: A former pilot said the plane’s sharp westwards turn, as radar contact was lost, came as air traffic controllers in Malaysia handed over to their Vietnamese colleagues. Stephen Buzdygan said that is moment he would choose if he were to steal a plane. (The Daily Mail)
The Daily Mail reported:
Adding weight to the theory that the plane could have been hijacked, the transcript reveals that the point at which the plane took a sharp west turn, was when air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur handed over to their colleagues in Ho Chi Minh City.
Former British Airways pilot, Stephen Buzdygan told The Telegraph, if he was planning to steal an aeroplane, that would be the moment to choose.
He said: ‘There might be a bit of dead space between the air traffic controllers … It was the only time during the flight they would maybe not have been able to be seen from the ground.’
Another odd feature of the conversations on board the plane is a message repeated by the flight deck, telling air traffic controllers that the plane was flying at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet.
The message, experts say, was unnecesarily repeated six minutes after it was first delivered.
Steve Landells, a former British Airways pilot who flew Boeing 777s, said: ‘It could be as simple as the pilot forgetting or not being sure that he had told air traffic controllers he had reached the altitude.
‘He might be reconfirming he was at 350 [35,000 feet]. It is not unusual. I wouldn’t read anything into it.’
The search for the possible wreckage of the aircraft has continued in the southern Indian Ocean today.
The Malaysian pilots never made contact with Vietnam after their final communication with Malaysia.
Officials now say the Boeing 777 plane was carrying highly flammable lithium batteries.