MH370 co-pilot Fariq Hamid “didn’t know what he was doing” while in control of the doomed jet, an airline captain sensationally told an investigator.
MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur Airport on March 8, 2014, destined for Beijing, China, with 239 people on board, including captain Zaharie Shah. The Boeing 777 last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am while travelling over the South China Sea, before disappearing altogether. However, investigator Christine Negroni says she can pinpoint the exact moment things went wrong, claiming Mr Hamid was in charge.
She claimed in her book “The Crash Detectives” the plane suffered a sudden depressurisation while Captain Zaharie Shah was out of the cockpit.
Ms Negroni said the plane’s flight path proves co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid took control, but soon lost the ability to think rationally.
She wrote last year: “Once Malaysia 370’s last radar echo faded – the one showing it somewhere at the northern tip of Sumatra – Fariq made a final turn.
“No data suggests when, but the plane turned south and flew on for five hours more until it ran out of fuel.
Who knows what he was doing? He didn’t know what he’s doing
“This final turn is the point where I believe Fariq’s deprived brain reached its limit.
“Like Number 14 fixed on the four of spades, Fariq was locked onto some thought.”
Ms Negroni then revealed how she spoke to airline captain Peter Frey to gain a better insight into the pilot’s actions.
Mr Frey said: “Who knows what he was doing? He didn’t know what he’s doing.
“He’s lost all sense of time, so now he thinks he’s back there [conscious].
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“Maybe he’s thinking ‘I’ve got to head north, and where am I? I’ll go that way’
“By the time he realises he’s lost he says ‘now I’ll turn around and go back, but I don’t know where I’m going back to, so I’ll just head south.’
“All you really have to say is at this point he’s struggling with intermittent abilities and it’s not enough.”
Ms Negroni detailed her full theory on what happened later in her book.
She stated: “My theory is that an electrical malfunction knocked out the systems on the Boeing 777 and that the plane lost pressurisation incapacitating the pilots.
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“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.
Despite this, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.