MH370 shock: Why Malaysia Airlines pilots claim ‘captain unable to regain command’

MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur airport on March 8, 2014, destined for Beijing, China. The Boeing 777, which had 239 people on board, last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am, before mysteriously vanishing over the South China Sea. Radar and satellite data showed how the aircraft suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean. 

Leading air crash investigator Christine Negroni claimed during her book “The Crash Detectives” that Mr Shah may not have been in the cockpit when disaster struck.

Ms Negroni believes the plane suffered a sudden depressurisation while the experienced captain was taking a bathroom break.

She wrote last year: “I find it logical to assume that Zaharie visited the business-class bathroom near the flight deck that is also used by the flight crew.

“In this and all the airline’s 777’s bathrooms, a drop-down mask is there to provide oxygen in the case of depressurisation. 

MH370 captain tried to regain conrol, according to claims

MH370 captain tried to regain conrol, according to claims (Image: GETTY/YOUTUBE)

MH370 went missing with 239 people on board

MH370 went missing with 239 people on board (Image: WIKI)

The captain was unable to regain command of the plane

Christine Negroni

“Imagine what it would have been like for Zaharie to see the yellow plastic cup bob down after depressurisation. 

“He would have been momentarily rattled, but with his experience, he would have realised immediately what had happened and what needed to be done.”

Ms Negroni theorises that Mr Shah tried to make it back to the cockpit, but struggled to catch his breath.

She adds: “The distance between the bathroom and the cockpit s just a few steps, but like Fariq, Zaharie was a smoker and probably more susceptible to the effects of oxygen deprivation.

“If he got out of the bathroom, if he got down the narrow corridor, if he got to the door of the cockpit without losing consciousness, another challenge would have awaited him.

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Fariq Abdul Hamid

Fariq Abdul Hamid was the co-pilot of MH370 (Image: INSTAGRAM)

“The cockpit door unlocks automatically when cabin altitude is lost. Would Zaharie have remembered that?

“Or did he, by force of habit, stop outside the door and enter the code? 

“Did he lose precious seconds struggling to remember a passcode he did not need?”

Ms Negroni went on to claim pilots inside Malaysia Airlines had backed this theory, citing previous similar cases.

She continued: “Or did he just grab the handle and open the door, but succumb to the lack of oxygen before getting into his seat?

“Pilots at Malaysia Airlines tell me that in a rapid decompression, it would have been very difficult for Captain Zaharie to get back onto the flight deck.

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It's been more than five years since MH370 vanished

It’s been more than five years since MH370 vanished (Image: GETTY)

Families hope to hear the truth soon

Families hope to hear the truth soon (Image: GETTY)

“All the previous cases of rapid depressurisation on airliners, those that successfully landed and few that crashed, bring home chilling clarity that physical exertion eats away at the too-few seconds of useful consciousness.

“The captain was unable to regain command of the plane. 

“If he had things might have turned out very different.”

Ms Negroni also detailed her entire theory on what she belives happened while Zaharie was apparently out of the cockpit.

She wrote: “My theory is that an electrical malfunction knocked out the systems on the Boeing 777 and that the plane lost pressurisation incapacitating the pilots.

More than 230 people are still missing

More than 230 people are still missing (Image: GETTY)

“Whatever happened, it could not have caused damage serious enough to affect the airworthiness of the plane, since it flew on until running out of fuel many hours later.

“Likely, the men in the cockpit were overcome by the altitude sickness known as hypoxia, which robbed them of the ability to think clearly and land the plane safely.

“Many of the links in the bizarre chain of events that night can be explained by hypoxia, because past cases have shown how rapidly those who fall victim to it turn imbecilic.”

However, this idea is just one theory among hundreds of others proposed over the last five years.

Some state the plane was hijacked, either by terrorists on board or through remote cyber hacking.

While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.

Over the years there have been all sorts of claims over possible sightings, from Maldive islanders to oil rig workers in Vietnam.

However, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.

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MH370 bombshell: Why investigator claims captain ‘more susceptible to oxygen deprivation’

MH370 left Kuala Lumpur Airport on March 8, 2014, destined for Beijing, China with 239 people on board. However, the jet last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am, before mysteriously vanishing over the South China Sea. Radar and satellite data showed how the aircraft suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean.

Many have suggested it proves the captain – Zaharie Shah – made a final goodbye gesture to his home town of Penang before plunging the jet into the sea.

However, leading air crash investigator Christine Negroni claimed during her book “The Crash Detectives” that Mr Shah may have not even been in the cockpit.

She believes the plane suffered a sudden depressurisation while the experienced captain was taking a bathroom break.

She wrote last year: “I find it logical to assume that Zaharie visited the business-class bathroom near the flight deck that is also used by the flight crew.

Capatain Zaharie Shah was reportedly a smoker

Capatain Zaharie Shah was reportedly a smoker (Image: GETTY/YOUTUBE)

MH370 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8. 2014

MH370 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8. 2014 (Image: WIKI)

Did he lose precious seconds struggling to remember a passcode?

Christine Negroni

“In this and all the airline’s 777’s bathrooms, a drop-down mask is there to provide oxygen in the case of depressurisation. 

“Imagine what it would have been like for Zaharie to see the yellow plastic cup bob down after depressurisation. 

“He would have been momentarily rattled, but with his experience, he would have realised immediately what had happened and what needed to be done.”

“He had to make a choice – try to get back to the cockpit without supplemental oxygen, or remain in the bathroom and wait for Fariq to get the plane to a lower altitude and rejoin him on the flight deck.”

Ms Negroni believes Mr Shah was then faced with a difficult task, but choose to head back to the cockpit.

She added: “I’m guessing Zaharie wasn’t confident in Fariq’s ability to handle the emergency and chose the former course of action.

Zaharie Shah has come under fire

Zaharie Shah has come under fire (Image: YOUTUBE)

“But the effects of oxygen deprivation would have been crippling for Zaharie, air would have been exploding from his respiratory and digestive systems.

“He would have struggled to get out of the bathroom. Perhaps he looked for a flight attendant or a portable oxygen tank.

“Perhaps he stopped to assess the situation in the cabin. Perhaps he retained focus and moved quickly to the cockpit door.”

However, Ms Negroni believes the captain may have felt heightened effects over lack of oxygen. 

The route the plane is thought to have taken

The route the plane is thought to have taken (Image: WIKI)

Families hope to find out what happened to MH370

Families hope to find out what happened to MH370 (Image: GETTY)

She continued: “The distance between the bathroom and the cockpit s just a few steps, but like Fariq, Zaharie was a smoker and probably more susceptible to the effects of oxygen deprivation.

“If he got out of the bathroom, if he got down the narrow corridor, if he got to the door of the cockpit without losing consciousness, another challenge would have awaited him.

“The cockpit door unlocks automatically when cabin altitude is lost. Would Zaharie have remembered that?

“Or did he, by force of habit, stop outside the door and enter the code? 

“Did he lose precious seconds struggling to remember a passcode he did not need?”

239 people were on board the jet

239 people were on board the jet (Image: GETTY)

Ms Negroni also detailed her entire theory on what she belives happened while Zaharie was apparently out of the cockpit.

She wrote: “My theory is that an electrical malfunction knocked out the systems on the Boeing 777 and that the plane lost pressurisation incapacitating the pilots.

“Whatever happened, it could not have caused damage serious enough to affect the airworthiness of the plane, since it flew on until running out of fuel many hours later.

“Likely, the men in the cockpit were overcome by the altitude sickness known as hypoxia, which robbed them of the ability to think clearly and land the plane safely.

“Many of the links in the bizarre chain of events that night can be explained by hypoxia, because past cases have shown how rapidly those who fall victim to it turn imbecilic.”

However, this idea is just one theory among hundreds of others proposed over the last five years.

Some state the plane was hijacked, either by terrorists on board or through remote cyber hacking.

While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.

Over the years there have been all sorts of claims over possible sightings, from Maldive islanders to oil rig workers in Vietnam.

However, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.

Edward Snowden says Facebook is spying on you

The U.S. government is not the only one that’s watching you. 

So warns famed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who on Thursday called Facebook to task for spying on its users. What’s more, he promised to teach people how to fight back against such corporate surveillance

“In the weeks ahead, I aim to explain how each of these site [Facebook, Instagram, Youtube] spies on you, and methods to limit how much they know about you,” he tweeted. “If you use them, keep an eye out.”

That Facebook — which, never forget owns Instagram — is an ethically dubious surveillance juggernaut is no surprise to anyone who’s been paying even the slightest bit of attention. That Snowden feels it necessary to remind us of this fact, and to provide tools to combat Facebook and its family of properties, is perhaps a reflection of the company’s transnational status and power.  

Big Brother, in other words, may have shed its camo for a nice shade of light blue

Of course, it’s worth noting that Snowden’s latest privacy push is neatly timed to coincide with the announcement of his forthcoming memoir. And these new accounts don’t have anything of real substance beyond book promotion so far. 

Still, that doesn’t nullify his larger point: Facebook is spying on you, and it’s past time to do something about it. 

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Area 51: China’s own top-secret military base discovered using Google Maps -shock claim

is apparently using “ technology” and is storing it at a top secret base in a dessert in the east Asian nation. The discovery from conspiracy theorists was made using Google Maps, and the base is said to be located near the Mongolian border, in the Gansu province. The base, according to the video of the finding, is “like something out of the movies” and it does look as if some sort of high-tech aircraft is being stored there.

According to the video uploaded by prominent conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring, the is about 10 metres wide and is jet black.

Mr Waring also claims the sighting “screams out top secret project”.

The base can be found using the coordinates 40°25’43.88”N 99°50’47.40”E.

Mr Waring said alongside the video: “I found a military base in China that seems to be the equivalent and copy of Area 51.

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Area 51: China’s own top-secret military base discovered using Google Maps -shock claim (Image: GETTY • YOUTUBE)

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The base was found near the Mongolian border (Image: YOUTUBE)

“There is even smaller areas, one of which has a black stealth aircraft that could be made from alien technology and be space travel capable.

“This is amazing and may have been created as the Chinese solution to the American Area 51.”

Some people agreed with Mr Waring’s analysis, with one YouTube user commenting: “They are hiding something. There is nothing to say for much else.”

However, others were not so convinced, and believe there could be a more reasonable explanation.

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“This is amazing and may have been created as the Chinese solution to the American Area 51” (Image: YOUTUBE)

YouTuber UFO Fact Or Fiction said that it is likely just a “drone launch pad”.

The real , located deep in the Nevada desert, is at the centre of many alien-related conspiracy theories.

It is claimed that alien flying saucers crashed on Earth, such as the alleged 1947 Roswell incident, and that the wreckage and even corpses were taken to Area 51 for experimentation and to be analysed away from public view.

One theory suggests that USAF scientists have tried to emulate the alien technology to create their own top-secret spy craft capable of travelling into space at the base.

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The ‘UFO’ was parked at the secret base (Image: YOUTUBE)

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People are planning on storming the US’s Area 51 (Image: GETTY)

Area 51 has been used by American aviation authorities since 1955 and is closed off to those without top-level security clearance.

However, the US government did not even admit the base existed until 2013, in a series of documents released as part of a Freedom of Information request, and it is heavily protected by armed guards.

People are unsure what is there, which has led to calls to ‘storm Area 51’.

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People are unsure what is at Area 51, which has led to calls to ‘storm’ the base (Image: GETTY)

A Facebook group which has now garnered an astonishing two million attendees has encouraged users to “storm Area 51” on September 20 to uncover any potential alien secrets.

The description reads: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”

The event was initially treated as a joke, but the more attention it has received, the more serious it has become.

Animal Shelter To Area 51 Enthusiasts: Come Raid Us!

An Oklahoma animal shelter is hoping to lure in adopters with something even more tempting than extraterrestrial secrets ― adorable pets.

“Come storm our shelter…” Oklahoma City Animal Welfare wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens. Adoption isn’t that far out of this world! #stormtheshelter.”

The post, complete with photos of dogs wearing tinfoil hats, is a reference to the viral Facebook event page “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” The page describes a raid on the storied U.S. Air Force base to “see them aliens,” purportedly scheduled for September. 

More than 1.8 million people have signed up as attending, and though the vast majority of them have to be kidding, the Air Force has nevertheless gone on record to warn that alien seekers need to stay away. Event creator Matty Roberts has since said he created the page as a joke, but is now worried about what he’s started.

Luckily, OKC Animal Welfare ― which as of Saturday had 149 dogs, 54 cats, two pigs and a hamster available for adoption ― may just have come up with a great alternative activity. And if you’re located nowhere near Oklahoma City, there’s a good chance that animal shelters or rescue groups near you have their own pets in need of homes.

You can always make your own tinfoil hats for them.

Earthquake today: Major tremor forecasted to cause ‘a lot of damage’

“Electromagnetic forces” within the solar system could wreak havoc on Earth today as some conspiracy theorists are claiming it will cause a major . The position of the Moon in relation to the Earth could cause an earthquake, according to one ‘new-age’ earthquake researcher. The claim was made by Frank Hoogerbeets, who believes a magnitude six quake could hit today, July 30, thanks to strange “lunar geometry”.

Mr Hoogerbeets wrote on his website Ditrianum: “Lunar geometry may trigger some larger seismic activity later on the 29th or 30th, possibly around mid 6 magnitude.”

According to Michigan Tech, a magnitude six quake has the potential to “cause a lot of damage in very populated areas”.

Mr Hoogerbeets reached his conclusion using his Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) which “is the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.

He said: “After three years of observations, it became clear that some planetary geometry in the Solar System clearly tends to cause a seismic increase, while other geometry does not.”

But experts have regularly dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.

John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said: “We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes.

“Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two, but we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”

The USGS completely denies that earthquakes can be forecasted, writing on its website: “Neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake.

“We do not know how, and we do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future.”

Storm Area 51: Local towns struggling to accommodate millions descending on military base

What started as an initial joke on Facebook has now gained international attention and genuine enthusiasts are planning on raiding Area 51. This is now evident from the fact hotels in the small towns of Nevada are struggling to cope with the demand of the incoming visitors. A staggering 1.9 million people have joined a Facebook group encouraging people to descend on to uncover any potential secrets.

According to the description of the Facebook group called ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, attendees will meet nearby and storm the top secret base on September 20.

The description reads: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”

The nearest town, Rachel, has a population of just 54 people, so accommodating an extra two million people is likely to prove a problem.

Rachel has just one hotel in it, the Little A’Le’Inn, which contains just 14 rooms.

The hotel also accommodates campers, but this space is also running out.

Little A’Le’Inn’s website states: “Booked solid for ‘Storm Area 51’, September 19 and 20. More camping may become available”.

Connie West, of the Little A’le’Inn, told the Las Vegas Sun: “It doesn’t stop; our phone won’t stop ringing.

“It’s a little scary to think that many people could descend on a town of 54. How can you prepare?”

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“I could see people with a lot of heat-related issues, and with our limited resources up here it could definitely jeopardise their safety.

“The number of people could overwhelm our EMS in a hurry.

“I think this started out as a joke but there may be enough people taking it seriously and it could be a problem.

“Someone is going to get hurt and people may go to jail. It’s not anything to joke about.”

Even Las Vegas, the nearest major city to Area 51, has a population of just 650,000, so adding 1.9 million people overnight would put serious stress on the State’s infrastructure with it being a struggle to put people up in hotels and the sudden influx of cars.

And as more time passes, the more certain the event looks to happen.

A group of ‘truth seekers’ claim the raid will go ahead, unless a list of demands are met.

A man named Joe Macias who heads a group of “independent UFO research members based in Illinois” detailed what needs to be done to prevent almost two million people turning up to the top secret military base in Nevada.

Mr Macias said in an email to Express.co.uk: “We are dedicated to this event that has gained international attention, and we are determined by any means necessary to meet these demands.

“The principles of freedom which founded this country shall inform the American public of previously unknown truths.”

Mr Macias has given three demands, which state the “government and Area 51 military base acknowledge the existence of UFO spacecrafts and extraterrestrial aliens”.