MH370 may have been 'deliberately' flown into the sea, says crash expert

The aircraft went missing on March 8th 2014, during a flight from Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew on board

MH370 may have been 'deliberately' flown into the sea, says crash expert

Mural in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Image: Joshua Paul / AP/Press Association Images

One of the world's leading air crash investigators has said he believes flight MH370 was deliberately flown into the sea.

It has been over two years since the Boeing 777 disappeared into the Indian Ocean while flying between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

Speaking on Australian TV, Larry Vance said that erosion on the trailing edge of the recovered wing parts indicate a controlled landing.

Vance has led over 200 air crash investigations for the Canadian Aviation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

He told Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes program yesterday: "Somebody was flying the airplane into the water. There is no other alternate theory that you can follow."

According to BBC News, Larry Vance said that photographs of the 'flaperon' show a jagged edge, suggesting high-pressure water erosion that could only be caused if someone had been guiding the plane into the ocean.

The flaperon, which is a small section of the wing used for landing and take off, was extended at the time of landing.

"You cannot get the flaperon to extend any other way than if somebody extended it," he said, indicating that someone was piloting the plane when it hit the ocean.

"Somebody would have to select it," he added.

Royal Australian Air Force officer searches for the missing Flight MH370| Image: Rob Griffith / AP/Press Association Images

A crash investigator with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau Peter Foley agreed that the crash could have been the work of a rogue pilot.

"There is a possibility… somebody [was] in control at the end and we are actively looking for evidence to support that," he said.

It is widely believed the pilots and the passengers were already dead or incapacitated when the aircraft hit the water, and the Australian-led search for the plane has centred around this theory.

In July Australia, China and Malaysia said they would 'suspend' the search for flight MH370 if the plane is not found in the current area.

A statement issued to the relatives of those on board said the hunt "would not end, but be suspended" if no new information about another location could be found.

Investigators have been searching a 120,000 square kilometer site off the coast of western Australia.