New book by Florence de Changy claims MH370 was shot down by US military

The author claims sensitive electronic components were onboard.
The author claims sensitive electronic components were onboard. Photo credit: Newshub (File)

A new conspiracy theory about what happened to missing flight MH370 is being released as a book and it's perhaps the most controversial yet.

The Disappearing Act: The Impossible Case of MH370, by French investigative journalist Florence de Changy, claims the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down by the US Air Force in an effort to seize electronic equipment bound for China.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was a commercial passenger service operated on a Boeing 777-200 that disappeared on March 8, 2014. The aircraft and the 239 passengers onboard have been missing ever since.

De Changy claims the US military used electronic jamming technology to make the plane disappear from air traffic control radar before attempting to re-route the aircraft.

The US military allegedly wanted to seize highly-sensitive electronic gear that was on its way to China on the service. The conspiracy theory posits that after failing to re-route the flight, the US Air Force shot it down.

Neither Malaysia Airlines nor US authorities have commented on the claims.

Promotional material released ahead of the book's launch described the event as 'Kafkaesque' and said it was not possible for such a modern and well tracked aircraft to just disappear.

De Changy says she has been following the investigation into MH370's disappearance from the beginning, when she was working for Le Monde newspaper.

Ghyslain Wattrelos, a spokesperson for some of the missing passengers' families, says the book exposes a 'string of lies' told to family members.

"This book hints at an international cover-up where our loved ones have just been collateral damage," Wattrelos said.

"For years, the families have been longing to know what really happened whilst being shamelessly strung along by the governments involved. This book brings us closer to the truth than we have ever been." 

Months of searching of the Indian Ocean failed to uncover any remains of the aircraft, however some parts of the aircraft are believed to have washed up on the island of Reunion, east of Madagascar.