On March 8, 2014, the Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight disappeared en route to Beijing, sparking one of the greatest aviation mysteries. The plane, with 239 people on board, last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am while travelling over the South China Sea, before disappearing. Nearly seven years later, long-time investigator Florence de Changy has dismantled the official narrative as a “complete fabrication”.
Speaking to France24, the French investigative journalist detailed bizarre “missing” evidence and suggested there was a cover-up of what actually took place.
The official explanation suggests that the plane took a U-turn between Malaysia and Vietnam and then eventually crashed several hours later in the southern Indian Ocean.
However, Ms de Changy disputed the official narratives, saying: “I’m convinced the official narrative, the U-turn and everything that followed, was a complete fabrication.”
Her book ‘The Disappearing Act’ details her years-long investigation into the disappearance of the airliner.
The investigator said: “I looked at every part of this narrative. Every step of the way, I can’t find any tangible evidence. We are told of radar data but that is inconsistent.
“We are told of radar images, but no-one has seen them. Everything is missing.
“I based my research on the official reports, where you have the dialogues between the air traffic controllers in Vietnam and in Kuala Lumpur, and the Malaysia Airline Operator.
“The official reports are all inconsistent with the official narrative. We were told the transponder was turned off – but it took 40 seconds to disappear from traffic controller screen.
When pressed about the reasons of a cover-up, the French investigator said: “There are a lot of clues, which includes a super-problematic cargo.
“There was 2.5 tonnes of electric equipment that was not x-rayed before being loaded on this plane. It was escorted before being loaded on this plane.
“We need answers. What has been told is nonsensical.”
In the aftermath of the plane’s disappearance, countries carried out the most expensive underwater search in history, which initially focused on the South China Sea and the Andaman Sea.
Several pieces of marine debris confirmed to be from the aircraft washed ashore in the western Indian Ocean during 2015 and 2016.
After a three-year search across 46,000 square miles of ocean failed to locate the aircraft, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre heading the operation suspended their activities in January 2017.
A second search launched in January 2018 by the private contractor Ocean Infinity, but that also ended without success.
Relying mostly on analysis of data from the Inmarsat satellite with which the aircraft last communicated, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) proposed initially that a hypoxia event was the most likely cause given the available evidence.