Missing flight MH370 was not downed by its allegedly suicidal pilot and was instead the work of three rogue passengers, an investigator has claimed.
The missing Malaysia Airlines mystery has been placed back into the spotlight after the airing of new Sky News documentary MH370: The Untold Story.
On the show, ex-Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott revealed he understood from "top levels" of the Malaysian government that it was murder-suicide carried out by pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
That is the conventional theory among investigators, but has never been proved because the plane has not been found.
But aviation expert, Jeff Wise, is not convinced.
The CNN panelist told Daily Star Online this week that his body of work, which he started when the Boeing 777-200 went missing in 2014, points towards three passengers working for Russia.
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He told us: "The way I see it, MH370 is really two mysteries. The first mystery is about someone stealing a plane.
"It’s pretty straightforward. Somebody took the plane, made it go dark, pulled a 180, flew off to the northwest, and vanished from radar. The second mystery is much weirder. This is the mystery of the vanishing.
"Three minutes after leaving radar, the SDU gets inexplicably turned on and generates an unusual set of data which indicates an end point in the ocean which, when searched, turns up nothing.
"Almost everything you read about MH370 addresses the first mystery. Taken by itself, the captain is a very plausible suspect.
"When you look at the second part, however, the captain no longer makes sense.
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"There’s no plausible story for how he would have rebooted the SDU, and if he did, only by an incredible chain of coincidences could he have flown the plane in such a way that it generated the Inmarsat data and yet didn’t end up in the search area.
"Pilot-suicide theorists like Bailey either ignore the second part of the mystery or offer cursory explanations that don’t really make sense."
In his book, The Taking of MH370, Mr Wise claims he has identified three suspects, one Russian and two Ukrainians of Russian ethnicity.
According to documents from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), there was a reboot of the SDU at 6.25pm.
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This led to "handshakes" with an Inmarsat satellite that led investigators to search the Indian Ocean west of Australia.
The theory is strengthened by the discovery of debris in the Indian Ocean since MH307 vanished.
But Mr Wise, who believes the debris was planted by Russia, theorises that the SDU was tampered with to fool investigators.
He further theorises it was instead flown north and landed in Kazakhstan, as part of a Russian ploy to wipe its annexation of Crimea off the news agenda.
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