MH370, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur Beijing on March 8, 2014, mysteriously vanished with 239 people on board. Captain Zaharie Shah last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea. However, moments later the plane vanished from civilian radars, never to be seen again.
Shockingly, in the days following its disappearance, Chinese journalists received a chilling encrypted email.
The sender, an unheard of terror group who called themselves the “Chinese Martyrs’ Brigade”.
The email simply read: “You kill one of our clan, we will kill 100 of you as payback.”
However, the email provided no details of how the doomed jet was brought down and was untraceable because it was delivered through an anonymous, encrypted Hushmail service.
MH370 went missing in 2014
Zaharie Shah has come under fire
You kill one of our clan, we will kill 100 of you as pay back
The email has since been dubbed a hoax.
Former transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters at Kuala Lumpur Airport on March 10, 2014, that the email was not being taken seriously.
He said: “There is no sound or credible grounds to justify their claims.”
Others had made a connection between the claims and an incident that occurred in the city of Kunming on March 1 between Uighurs and the Han Chinese population.
During a knife attack, 29 people were killed and 140 more injured.
Hishammuddin Hussein rejected the claims
MH370 had 239 people onboard
However, it is not the first time claims have surfaced over the missing jet being brought down.
Michael McKay, a trained observer on oil rig Songo Mercur off Vung Tau, Vietnam, told investigators in 2014 he saw the burning jet descend into the ocean.
He said: “I believe I saw the Malaysia Airlines plane coming down.
“The timing is right. I tried to contact the Malaysian and Vietnamese officials several days ago.
“But I do not know if the message has been received.
We are still no closer to knowing what happened to MH370
“While I observed the burning plane it appeared to be in one piece.”
Vietnamese officials interviewed Mr McKay and were ready to act on his information.
However, the search area was then updated following new information from UK company Inmarsat.
New data showed a “ping” on one of their satellites at 2:22am, placing MH370 in the Andaman Sea.
Mr McKay claims he was then let go from his position on the rig for causing such a commotion.
He told the Sunday Star Times in 2014: “The whole thing became intolerable for them and I was removed from the rig and not invited back.
“Contracts meant little in the oilfield. The oil patch is a rough, unforgiving game.”
In March 2014, Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari confirmed that flight MH370 had been carrying lithium-ion batteries in its cargo hold.
These highly flammable electrochemical cells are used in mobile phones and laptops.
Zaharie Shah had an in flight simulator at home
They have been responsible for a number of fires on planes in recent years.
However, the theory that a fire broke out on board MH370 has not been the most popular among experts investigating the doomed jet.
Many have sided with the view Mr Shah purposely flew the plane off course, avoiding radar detection, before bringing it to a controlled stop in the Indian Ocean.
They hold this view mainly due to the evidence recovered from the pilot’s home in-flight simulator hard drive and debris recovered thus far.