A chilling new ‘zombie plane’ theory claims that deadly fumes or an accidental loss of cabin pressure could have knocked out everyone on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, leaving the plane to fly on autopilot for several hours until it crashed.
A CNN correspondent broke down the zombie plane theory on air on March 20, telling viewers that it wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened. In 1999, a chartered Lear Jet crashed into a South Dakota field after flying on autopilot for nearly four hours. “Could Malaysia Flight 370 have also turned into a so-called ‘zombie plane?’” the correspondent pondered. Let’s take a closer look.
Malaysia Airlines: Zombie Plane? — Deadly Fumes Or Smoke Could Be To Blame
An in-air emergency could have left the plane “brain-dead” but able to fly on autopilot for hours before running out of gas, according to The Daily Beast.
“It sounds very ominous here, but this is a theory that could explain why and how this plane went down,” CNN correspondent Suzanne Malveaux said during a March 20 broadcast.
Basically, the zombie plane theory posits that deadly fumes or smoke may have knocked unconscious the airliner’s 239 passengers and crew members and caused the plane to fly on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed.
However, some skeptics argue that the zombie scenario is “highly unlikely” because of the “behavior of the plane and the crew.” The way the plane changed altitude and direction suggests that a person was controlling it, one aviation analyst told CNN.
Malaysia Flight: Were Crew & Passengers Mysteriously Knocked Out?
Aviation experts are still trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after two objects believed to be the remains of the missing plane were spotted by satellite in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth, Australia on March 19. The airliners’s direct line from its last known location to the remote new search area suggests that the plane was not hijacked, and may have fallen victim to a mechanical fault or emergency.
Air search teams were sent in to locate the objects, but they had to call off the unsuccessful hunt after a ten-hour search in treacherous weather.
The new discovery in this remote location supports the zombie plane theory that an on-board emergency may have knocked out the crew and caused the plane to fly on autopilot for five to seven hours from its last-known location off the west coast of Malaysia, commercial pilot Robert Mark said.
“What I think is interesting is that if you look at where the plane was last seen on radar and where the debris has been found, it is almost a straight line,” Robert, who is the editor of Aviation International News Safety magazine, told the UK’s MailOnline. “I would say it means that once the aircraft turned, it didn’t change course. A mechanical fault or emergency seems more plausible to me.”
Mark’s theory is further supported by the fact that the new possible crash site is in an area so remote that it’s extremely unlikely that it would have been targeted by terrorists.
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— Tierney McAfee