LONDON – Another theory arises regarding the missing Malaysian flight MH-370 according to which an Anglo-American journalist Nigel Cawthorne claimed that the plane was shot down by mistake during US-Thai military exercise in South China Sea.
Cawthorne pen a book in which he supported the theory of MH-370 getting shot by either US or Thai soldiers during the routine military exercise.
He said that after the incident, the an elaborated international cover-up was staged only to avoid any retaliation or strong reaction from the relatives of deceased.
Its now more than 70 days since Malaysian aircraft went missing but Cawthorne claimed that the ‘mystery’ will go on. He introduces his book by claiming that the families of MH-370’s passengers will ‘almost certainly never’ be sure what happened to their loved ones. But he goes on to support one theory, based on the eye-witness testimony of New Zealand oil rig worker Mike McKay, that the plane was shot down shortly after it stopped communicating with air traffic controllers.
At the time there was a series of war games taking place in the South China Sea, involving Thailand, the US and personnel from China, Japan, Indonesia and others, and Cawthorne has linked this to Mr McKay’s claims to have seen a burning plane going down in the Gulf of Thailand.
“The drill was to involve mock warfare on land, in water and in the air, and would include live-fire exercises,” Cawthorne said. “Say a participant accidentally shot down Flight MH-370. Such things do happen. No one wants another Lockerbie [Pan Am flight 103 by terrorists in 1988 allegedly in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier], so those involved would have every reason to keep quiet about it.” Cawthorne then suggests that ‘another black box’ could have been dropped off the coast of Australia to divert the efforts of search teams. “After all, no wreckage has been found in the south Indian Ocean, which in itself is suspicious,” he wrote.