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'Captain crashed plane in murder-suicide'

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Leading air safety experts have concluded that the captain of flight MH370 deliberately crashed the plane. They include the man who spent two years heading the search, who now says Captain Zaharie Amad Shah carefully planned a murder-suicide mission.

The Malaysia Airlines jet was on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board when it disappeared.

Analysis of satellite data indicates it ran out of fuel and crashed in the Indian Ocean west of Australia, thousands of miles from its intended destination, reports Independent.

Some debris from the Boeing 777 has been washed up on Indian Ocean beaches. But the biggest underwater search in history, coordinated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), was called off in January 2017 after two years.

The seabed search was led by Martin Dolan, who told a special edition of the 60 Minutes Australia program: "This was planned, this was deliberate, and it was done over an extended period of time."Captain Zaharie, 53, was accompanied on the flight deck by an inexperienced first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid - who was on his first 777 flight without a training captain overseeing him.

Six days after the aircraft disappeared, their homes in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, were searched, and computer equipment taken away. It contained evidence suggesting Captain Zaharie had used flight simulation software to prepare for diverting the aircraft.

Captain Simon Harvey, a British pilot who has flown the 777 widely in Asia, said the mission was "planned meticulously to make the aircraft disappear", including flying along the Thai-Malaysian frontier to avoid either side taking action.

"If you were commissioning me to make a 777 disappear, I would do exactly the same thing," he told the program.

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