Mystery 'extra passenger' blamed on MH370 disappearance

Mystery 'extra passenger' blamed on MH370 disappearance
The plane disappeared on March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing (Reuters)

A new theory says a mysterious "extra passenger" was to blame for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet MH370.

The plane disappeared on March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Officially, there were 239 passengers and crew on board - however the plane's manifest had 228 passengers and 12 crew members listed.

Volunteer investigator Andre Milne claims to have discovered evidence of an extra passenger.

"The 228 is the number of seats sold as of two hours before flight," Mr Milne told express.co.uk.

"The 228 does not include the two children who sit with their parents.

"It has been 'claimed' that four people did not board the plane. That would make final number of seats used down at 224.

"Add the 2 children and you get 226 passengers. Now add the 12 crew.

"That means that there should only be 238 missing people and not 239 as is the official record.

"So now we have an 'extra' person on board MH370.

"The extra passenger likely acted in conjunction with larger external operational support to take full command and control of the cockpit of MH370."

A spokesperson for the MH370 safety investigation team has explained the discrepancy.

"The actual number of passengers on-board was 227," he said.

"The actual figures can differ from that transmitted on the load sheet due to last minute changes."

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