Passengers on Flight MH370 died of oxygen starvation before the pilot plunged the plane into the Indian Ocean, an air accident investigator has claimed.
Ewan Wilson claims that the most likely scenario is that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah deliberately depressurised the cabin, depriving those on board of air. The analysis suggests that all 239 people lost consciousness up to four hours before the aircraft crashed into the ocean.
The supply of oxygen from oxygen masks is limited to just 20 minutes meaning the entire plane would have slipped into a coma and died shortly after from oxygen starvation, reports the Western Daily Press.
According to the Daily Record, Ahmad Shah was named the prime suspect by Malaysian authorities.
The theory is the result of the first independent study into March's disaster by the New Zealand-based air accident investigator, Ewan Wilson.
The remarkable claims are made in the book 'Goodnight Malaysian 370', the culmination of a four-month study into the incident, which Wilson co-wrote with the New Zealand broadsheet journalist, Geoff Taylor.
Wilson and Taylor believe that Ahmad Shah was suffering from mental illness, tricked his co-pilot Fariq Hamid into taking a break about 40 minutes after take-off, reports 9 news.
According to the Daily Star, it is believed Ahmad Shah made his last broadcast to air traffic control, saying: "Goodnight, Malaysian 370".
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