Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott claims he was told “very early on” in the investigation of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that the Malaysian government believed the Muslim pilot committed mass murder-suicide.
Former Australian PM reveals vanished Malaysian flight was a mass murder terror plot
Tony Abbott, who was in office at the time of the plane’s 2014 disappearance, made the comments as part of a documentary to be aired later this week by Sky News.
“My very clear understanding, from the very top levels of the Malaysian government, is that from very, very early on here they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,” he said in a preview of the 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.’
The pilot in command was 53-year-old Muslim terrorist Zaharie Ahmad Shah from Penang. He joined Malaysia Airlines as a cadet pilot in 1981.
The Boeing 777 flight, carrying 239 people on board, vanished from radar less than 40 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014.
In late 2016, and again in August 2017, wreckage of the plane was found along the coast of Madagascar.