Missing flight MH370 was shot down by the US in the biggest cover-up in aviation history, a French investigative journalist has claimed.
American military used electronic jamming tech to make the plane carrying 239 passengers disappear from radar screens and downed it after a failed bid to seize highly sensitive electronic gear en route to China, Florence de Changy alleges in a new book.
Instead of investigating properly, the governments of the US, China, Malaysia, Australia, Vietnam, the UK and France have colluded to cover-up the atrocity with a campaign of distraction and disinformation, according to her jaw-dropping theory.
The Far-Eastern correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde has been reporting on what happened to the Boeing 777 following its disappearance on March 8, 2014.
In The Disappearing Act: The Impossible Case of MH370, she suggested it was brought down by the United States Air Force after a failed attempt to intercept the plane and seize a shipment of "electronic equipment" that was en-route to Beijing that the US did not want China to have, the Mail Online reports.
China wanted to get its hands on 2.5 tonnes of "poorly documented Motorola electronics equipment" in its cargo which belonged to the US and routed the flight through Kuala Lumpar to be taken to Beijing on a night-time passenger jet, she claimed.
The US caught wind of the plot and tried to force MH370 to land, confiscate the cargo, and send it on its way to Beijing with just a two-hour delay, the journalist wrote.
America's plan, which could have been masked in an air defence operation it was carrying out in the region at the time, was to jam the plane's signals in the US-friendly airspace where Malaysia air traffic control hands over to Vietnamese counterparts, the book alleged.
De Changy suggested that two US Airborne Early Warning planes could have sandwiched MH370 from above and below, completely blocking its communications and signals, and ordered pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah to land at a nearby airbase.
Her theory says Shah may not have complied and was shot down as he took a shortcut to reach Chinese airspace more quickly.
"The shooting down could have been a blunder,' the journalist wrote, "but it could have also been a last resort to stop the plane and its special cargo from falling into Chinese hands."
Analysis of the aircraft's movements has identified a 23,000 square mile search area in the southern India Ocean about 1,200 miles west of Perth, in southwest Australia.
Australia assumed charge of the £103 million search on March 17 but nothing was found as it was thousands of miles away from the location the plane was actually downed, de Changy said.
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