The doomed MH370 passenger jet which vanished eight years ago with 239 people on board was 'downed on purpose' according to an expert.
French Air Force air traffic controller, Gilles Diharce believes the Malaysian Airlines plane's disappearance over the South Indian Ocean was 'no accident'.
The flight, which was bound for Kuala Lumpur from Beijing on March 8, 2014, disappeared from radar resulting in several theories behind the mystery.
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The plane performed a U-turn less than an hour into the flight and was heading in the opposite direction to its intended destination when it lost all contact.
It has been suggested in some quarters that the plane was hijacked or downed by the US Air Force, whilst some put its demise down to issues relating to the pilot's state of mind – after his daughter claimed he was in 'emotional turmoil' over the likely separation from his wife.
Although the first piece of the aircraft washed up on Reunion Island, the final resting place of the aircraft – piloted by Zaharie Ahmad Shah – remains unknown.
Mr Diharce believes the pilot attempted a 'soft ditching' controlled emergency landing in the plane's final descent, which goes against the official report of a suspected 'death spiral' at high speed.
He added that his attempt didn't go to plan, however, due to choppy waters which would have broken the aircraft into two or three pieces.
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The reason behind the intended soft landing was a deliberate attempt to sink the wreckage with as little debris as possible, he believes.
The expert told the Sun: "Why would a person want to fly the aircraft into the middle of the Indian Ocean? It’s possible the person who controlled the aircraft didn’t want anyone to find the plane in the future. To disappear without a trace."
During its sudden dive MH370’s communications system restarted and requested to join the Inmarsat network, which suggests someone still had control in the final moments.
He continued: "It’s not easy to understand how the plane was flown at this point, it’s a hypothesis. What we can consider is that the search was unsuccessful.
"The officials made some assumptions in order to define the search area. On the seventh Arc, we know the aircraft sent messages to the satellite to regain contact."
His theory claims that the pilot could have turned on the plane's backup power system to regain control of the aircraft when both engines failed due to fuel exhaustion.
When asked about a possible motive for Shah's 'ditching', Mr Diharce said although its still unclear, the pilot didn't have a medical check in the four years before the plane's disappearance, despite pilots being required to do this annually.
"It's impossible to consider that this plane had a technical failure," he explained. "When you study the first part of the disappearance, it’s very difficult to explain that it was a technical fault with the aircraft but someone on the plane who didn’t want to call on the radio."
Mr Diharce has identified an area next to the original search zone that was covered by underwater sea company Ocean Infinity and the Australian government between 2104 and 2018.
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