Tony Abbott claims authorities KNEW MH370 flight was murder-suicide

Tony Abbott sensationally reveals the Malaysian government ‘at the highest levels’ told him the MH370 tragedy was a ‘mass-murder suicide’ by the pilot – but search teams were kept in the dark

  • Pilot of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is believed responsible for 2014 tragedy 
  • Former PM Tony Abbott claims he was told MH370 was mass murder-suicide
  • He said he was informed by people at ‘highest levels’ of Malaysian government
  • Authorities have always maintained investigation into cause was inconclusive 
  • Other suggestions include the plane fell victim to terrorism or there was a fire 

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has claimed Malaysia secretly ruled the pilot at the helm of flight MH370 committed mass murder-suicide.

Mr Abbott sensationally revealed he was told by the ‘very top levels’ of the Malaysian government just days after the tragedy Captain Zaharie Shah was a suicidal killer. 

Flight MH370 became one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries when it vanished on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 passengers – including six Australians – who were never seen again. 

Publicly, the Malaysian government’s investigation was inconclusive, but privately, Mr Abbott claimed those at the top drew their conclusions within a week of its disappearance, and he fears search teams were never informed.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured) was the pilot-in-command when the plane carrying 239 other passengers and crew vanished in March 2014 

A graphic showing the flight path of the plane, and where it is thought to have disappeared

‘My very clear understanding, from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on, they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,’ Mr Abbott told a Sky News documentary.

‘I’m not going to say who said what to whom, but let me reiterate, I want to be absolutely crystal clear, it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot. 

‘Mass murder-suicide by the pilot.’  

Malaysian investigators publicly gave Captain Shah the all-clear, and were searching areas they believed a ‘ghost plane’ could have reached before running out of fuel.

The search following a plane’s trajectory indicated they believed the pilots was also dead – or somehow incapacitated – before it crashed.

Malaysia’s then Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) and Australia’s then Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) participate in a briefing on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at RAAF Base Pearce near Perth April 3, 2014

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured with meat and a cleaver) was the pilot-in-command when the plane carrying 238 other passengers and crew vanished in March 2014

Catherine Gang, whose husband Li Zhi was on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, holds a banner as she walks outside Yonghegong Lama Temple after a gathering of family members of the missing passengers in Beijing, on March 8, 2015

Mr Abbott said he never repeated what he had been told about the murder-suicide theory because he was under the impression all avenues would be exhausted during search efforts.

‘What I believed was happening, and what I certainly expected to happen, was that the search would cover the maximum possible range of that aircraft,’ he said.

‘I had no reason to think that the search was being restricted on the basis that the pilot had nothing to do with it.’  

But Mr Abbott now believes the murder-suicide theory may not have been communicated to search teams and is calling for Australia to launch another investigation and explore further potential crash sites.

Operating under the assumption the pilot was no longer in control, he said, would be incorrect.   

‘I would say let’s ditch that assumption, let’s assume that it was murder-suicide by the pilot and if there is any part of that ocean that could have been reached on that basis that has not yet been explored, let’s get out and explore it,’ he said. 

A Boeing 777 flaperon cut down to match the one from flight MH370 found on Reunion island off the coast of Africa in 2015, is lowered into water to discover its drift characteristics by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation researchers in Tasmania

Then transport minister Warren Truss said the information was never passed on to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau while they were investigating the crash.

‘I can’t recall a particular day when the Malaysians called and said that, but I think everyone had come to that conclusion,’ he said. 

But he did say it was a widely held theory and considered one of the more plausible scenarios.

Other ideas that floated at the time included a hijacking attempt, an on board fire and that the plane suffered a catastrophic engine failure.  

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott claims he was told it was a mass murder-suicide just a week after the plane’s disappearance

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announces the missing Malaysian airliner ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean


Zaharie Ahmad Shah (pictured) was the pilot of the doomed flight


Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah planned mass murder because of personal problems, locking his co-pilot out of the cockpit, closing down all communications, depressurising the main cabin and then disabling the aircraft so that it continued flying on auto-pilot until it ran out of fuel.

That was the popular theory in the weeks after the plane’s disappearance. 

His personal problems, rumours in Kuala Lumpur said, included a split with his wife Fizah Khan, and his fury that a relative, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, had been given a five-year jail sentence for sodomy shortly before he boarded the plane for the flight to Beijing.

But the pilot’s wife angrily denied any personal problems and other family members and his friends said he was a devoted family man and loved his job.

This theory was also the conclusion of the first independent study into the disaster by the New Zealand-based air accident investigator, Ewan Wilson.

Wilson, the founder of Kiwi Airlines and a commercial pilot himself, arrived at the shocking conclusion after considering ‘every conceivable alternative scenario’.

However, he has not been able to provide any conclusive evidence to support his theory.

The claims are made in the book ‘Goodnight Malaysian 370’, which Wilson co-wrote with the New Zealand broadsheet journalist, Geoff Taylor.

It’s also been rumoured that Zaharie used a flight simulator at his home to plot a path to a remote island.

However, officials in Kuala Lumpur declared that Malaysian police and the FBI’s technical experts had found nothing to suggest he was planning to hijack the flight after closely examining his flight simulator. 

And there are also theories that the tragic disappearance may have been a heroic act of sacrifice by the pilot.

Australian aviation enthusiast Michael Gilbert believes the doomed plane caught fire mid-flight, forcing the pilot to plot a course away from heavily populated areas. 


Co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, again for personal problems, was suspected by rumour-spreaders to have overpowered the pilot and disabled the aircraft, flying it to its doom with crew and passengers unable to get through the locked cockpit door.

Theorists have put forward the suggestion that he was having relationship problems and this was his dramatic way of taking his own life.

But he was engaged to be married to Captain Nadira Ramli, 26, a fellow pilot from another airline, and loved his job. There are no known reasons for him to have taken any fatal action.

There have been a series of outlandish theories about the disappearance of the plane

Others have suggested that because he was known to have occasionally invited young women into the cockpit during a flight, he had done so this time and something had gone wrong.

Young Jonti Roos said in March that she spent an entire flight in 2011 in the cockpit being entertained by Hamid, who was smoking.

Interest in the co-pilot was renewed when it was revealed he was the last person to communicate from the cockpit after the communication system was cut off. 


An expert has claimed the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was hijacked on the orders of Vladimir Putin and secretly landed in Kazakhstan.

Jeff Wise, a U.S. science writer who spearheaded CNN’s coverage of the Boeing 777-200E, has based his outlandish theory on pings that the plane gave off for seven hours after it went missing, that were recorded by British telecommunications company Inmarsat.

Wise believes that hijackers ‘spoofed’ the plane’s navigation data to make it seem like it went in another direction, but flew it to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is leased from Kazakhstan by Russia.

However, Wise admits in New York Magazine that he does not know why Vladimir Putin would want to steal a plane full of people and that his idea is somewhat ‘crazy’.

Wise also noted there were three Russian men onboard the flight, two of them Ukrainian passport holders.

Aviation disaster experts analysed satellite data and discovered – like the data recorded by Inmarsat – that the plane flew on for hours after losing contact.

Careful examination of the evidence has revealed that MH370 made three turns after the last radio call, first a turn to the left, then two more, taking the plane west, then south towards Antarctica.


This extraordinary claim came from 41-year-old British yachtsman Katherine Tee, from Liverpool, whose initial account of seeing what she thought was a burning plane in the night sky made headlines around the world.

On arrival in Thailand’s Phuket after sailing across the Indian Ocean from Cochin, southern India with her husband, she said: ‘I could see the outline of the plane – it looked longer than planes usually do.There was what appeared to be black smoke streaming from behind.’

Ms Tee’s general description of the time and place was vague and she lost all credibility when she later stated on her blog that she believed MH370 was a kamikaze plane that was aimed at a flotilla of Chinese ships and it was shot down before it could smash into the vessels.

Without solid proof of the satellite data, she wrote on her blog, Saucy Sailoress, the plane she saw was flying at low altitude towards the military convoy she and her husband had seen on recent nights. She added that internet research showed a Chinese flotilla was in the area at the time.

While the debris proved the plane went down in the Indian Ocean, the location of the main underwater wreckage — and its crucial black box data recorders — remains stubbornly elusive. 


On a flight from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur that crossed over the Andaman Sea on March 8, Malaysian woman Raja Dalelah, 53, saw what she believed was a plane sitting on the water’s surface.

She didn’t know about the search that had been started for MH370. She alerted a stewardess who told her to go back to sleep.

‘I was shocked to see what looked like the tail and wing of an aircraft on the water,’ she said.

It was only when she told her friends on landing in Kuala Lumpur what she had seen that she learned of the missing jet. She had seen the object at about 2.30pm Malaysian time.

She said she had been able to identify several ships and islands before noticing the silver object that she said was a plane.

But her story was laughed off by pilots who said it would have been impossible to have seen part of an aircraft in the water from 35,000ft or seven miles.

Ms Raja filed an official report with police the same day and has kept to her story.

‘I know what I saw,’ she said.


A catastrophic event such as a fire disabling much of the equipment resulted in the pilots turning the plane back towards the Malaysian peninsula in the hope of landing at the nearest airport.

Satellite data, believable or not, suggests the aircraft did make a turn and theorists say there would be no reason for the pilots to change course unless confronted with an emergency.

A fire in a similar Boeing 777 jet parked at Cairo airport in 2011 was found to have been caused by a problem with the first officer’s oxygen mask supply tubing.

Stewarts Law, which has litigated in a series of recent air disasters, believes the plane crashed after a fire – similar to the blaze on the Cairo airport runway – broke out in the cockpit.

After an investigation into the Cairo blaze, Egypt’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Central Directorate (EAAICD) released their final report which revealed that the fire originated near the first officer’s oxygen mask supply tubing.

The cause of the fire could not be conclusively determined, but investigators pinpointed a problem with the cockpit hose used to provide oxygen for the crew in the event of decompression.

Following the 2011 fire, US aircraft owners were instructed to replace the system – it was estimated to cost $2,596 (£1,573) per aircraft. It was not known whether Malaysia Airlines had carried out the change.

If either pilot wanted to crash the plane, why turn it around? So the turn-around suggests they were trying to land as soon as possible because of an emergency.


The Boeing 777 was shot down by the Americans who feared the aircraft had been hijacked and was about to be used to attack the U.S. military base on Diego Garcia atoll in the Indian Ocean. So conspiracy theorists claim.

And former French airline director Marc Dugain said he had been warned by British intelligence that he was taking risks by investigating this angle.

There is no way of checking whether Dugain received such a warning or why he believes the Americans shot down the plane.

But adding to the theory that the aircraft was flown to Diego Garcia, either by the pilot Zaharie or a hijacker, was the claim that on the pilot’s home flight simulator was a ‘practice’ flight to the island.

Professor Glees said: ‘The Americans would have no interest in doing anything of the kind and not telling the world.

‘In theory, they might wish to shoot down a plane they thought was attacking them but they wouldn’t just fire missiles, they’d investigate it first with fighters and would quickly realise that even if it had to be shot down, the world would need to know.’

Mr Rosenschein said: ‘The U.S. would not have been able to hide this fact and in any event, if it were true, they would have admitted their action as it would have prevented a successful terrorist action on this occasion and acted as a deterrent for future terrorist attacks.’ 

Adding credibility to Mr Abbott’s claims are reports from French investigators that indicate ‘some abnormal turns made by the 777 can only be done manually’. 

They were granted access to extensive documents of Boeing flight data sent during the Malaysian Airlines flight prior to the crash. 

William Langewiesche, writing in The Atlantic, claimed the pilot – Captain Shah – was behind the disappearance of the plane.

He alleged Shah incapacitated or killed his co-pilot, took control of the plane, depressurized the cabin to kill everyone on board and then steered the Boeing 777 out to sea where he either waited for it to run out of fuel, or deliberately nose-dived it into the ocean.

One radar expert also believes that Mr Shah climbed the plane to 40,000ft as part of this scheme in order to accelerate the depressurizing effect.

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, July 29, 2015

Those who knew him pointed to his chaotic personal life and fragile emotional state as a possible explanation for the murder-suicide.

A friend said: ‘Zaharie’s marriage was bad. In the past he slept with some of the flight attendants. And so what? We all do. You’re flying all over the world with these beautiful girls in the back. But his wife knew.’

The man added he thought Mr Shah’s emotional state may have been a factor in the incident.

As well as a turbulent personal life, Mr Shah was active on social media, often leaving messages on the profiles on twin models, and making a number of political statements critical of the government.

Sky News documentary MH370: The Untold Story will air on Wednesday 19th February and Thursday 20th February. 



– Flying a commonly used route, MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12.21am March 8, 2014, and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6.30am


– The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 227 passengers and a crew of 12

– The flight manifest includes 14 nationalities. Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese

– Veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah headed an all-Malaysian crew

– Seven people from Australia were on board: Rodney and Mary Burrows; Catherine and Robert Lawton; Li Yuan; Gu Naijun; and New Zealander Paul Weeks


– Less than an hour after take-off, contact with the plane was lost

– ‘Good night Malaysian three seven zero’ were the last words spoken from the cockpit

– No distress signal was transmitted

– Malaysian authorities said the aircraft’s transponders were manually shut off as it crossed from Malaysian into Vietnamese airspace

– Analysis of flight data led search authorities to believe the plane headed to the Southern Indian Ocean and crashed into the sea

– In March 2016, it was announced that two pieces of debris found off the coast of east Africa were consistent with panels from the Boeing 777 aircraft

– The search was called off in January 2017 before Malaysia agreed to a ‘no find, no fee’ deal with Ocean Infinity, a private company that searched from January until calling it off in May, 2018

– On July 30 2018, investigators said they had not been able to conclusively determine the cause of the plane crash, but they did not believe the pilot was behind the change in direction and ‘unlawful interference by a third party’ could not be ruled out.

 Source: AAP


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