The focus into the investigation of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is on the 2 pilots flying the plane.
British newspaper The Mirror reports Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah may have hijacked and crashed the plane in protest of Malaysia’s anti-homosexuality laws.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members when it went missing early Saturday morning, Mar. 8.
The paper reports Shah, 53, “was a fervent supporter of his country’s opposition leader who was jailed for homosexuality.” Gay sex acts are illegal in Malaysia.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to five years hard labor in prison for homosexual sex acts on March 7 — one day before the plane vanished from radar.
And there’s a new twist: The Mirror is reporting that Shah’s wife and grown daughter moved out of the family home in an exclusive gated community on March 7, the same day Ibrahim was sentenced and the day before the plane went missing.
Malaysia and U.S. investigators are sifting over evidence collected from inside Shah’s home, including his rather sophisticated Boeing 777 flight simulator that he apparently built himself.
Meanwhile the search for the missing plane has shifted to the south Indian Ocean and the waters off the western coast of Australia. The focus of the search has shifted from a search and rescue mission to recovering the black box.
If Shah ditched the plane in the Indian Ocean — as many experts with common sense believe — it could be weeks, months or years before the wreckage is found. The deepest point of the Indian Ocean is 26,000 feet.
Only manned or unmanned submersibles can dive that deep to the ocean floor. And while robotic arms on the submersibles might recover the black box, the plane’s wreckage will remain on the ocean floor. This means the black box is the only clue to what happened on flight 370. That’s why the U.S. will not rest until the black box is found.
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