An author who has been investigating missing flight MH370 has a new theory, saying it may have been shot down by Malaysian military officials who believed it had been hijacked to carry out a 9/11-style attack.
In an interview with the Daily Star newspaper, Noel O'Gara said eyewitness accounts back up the theory that the plane was shot down over the Andaman Sea.
O'Gara said authorities made the decision to shoot the plane down in 'good faith'.
He claims their decision was influenced by the fact there were two Iranians onboard, who were flying with fake passports.
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"Two Iranians boarding a flight to Germany via China with stolen passports would send alarm bells ringing in any cop's ears," O'Gara said.
He said the decision was made by authorities who feared the worst after learning the flight, with the two Iranians onboard had diverted from its original flight path.
One of the two men, Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, posted a picture of himself infront of the Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur just days before the flight went missing.
O'Gara said despite the Malaysian Prime Minister's theory that the plane came down due to the actions of a suicidal pilot, there was mounting evidence to contradict this version of the story.
"The Air Force said it ascended to 45,000 feet just in the turnaround process and then descended to a few thousand feet before levelling off and traveling west," he said.
"That was evidence of a violent struggle for control of the plane by hijackers."
O'Gara said the incident was covered up by authorities, including then Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is currently battling four charges of corruption over misappropriation of funds in an unrelated matter.