However, according to Qantas’s former manager of flight training, David Shrubb, the disappearance was actually meticulously planned by Mr Shah after he fell in love with a worker at Kuala Lumpur airport.
The source claimed Mr Shah had enjoyed several mistresses over the years but “Rina with her long, lustrous hair and sensuous figure”, was the one who stood out.
Mr Shrubb went on to claim the captain used connections to get two stolen passports and that on the evening of March 7, 2014, he packed his flight kit with extra warm clothes, a bright waterproof torch, a whistle and a parachute so he could bail mid-flight.
MH370 researcher Ean Higgins dubbed the revelation “my favourite theory so far” telling investigators to “exclude all others”.
The senior reporter at The Australian included it in his new book “The Hunt for MH370”, where he theorised how the event may have played out.
He wrote: “The love tryst couple decided on an elaborate plan to elope and secretly establish a new life in another obscure but pleasant Asian country.
“Seeing the lights of the fishing boat he was expecting, just as planned at the precise agreed coordinates, Zaharie put a deflated life jacket on along with his parachute.
“He returned to the passenger cabin and opened one of the exit doors just behind the wings, after pushing a lifeless flight attendant who had collapsed there out of the way.
“Within 15 minutes the love of her life was safely aboard and in her arms, ready to secretly elope overseas and start a new life, the cash from the inheritance secure in the hold.”
There have been countless claims over what happened to MH370.
While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.
However, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.
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