Smoke-filled cabin could have caused jet to crash
The former head of security at America's Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said yesterday he believed that flight MH370 went off course in a desperate attempt to reach safety as the cabin filled with smoke.
Billie Vincent, who was a key witness in the Lockerbie bombing trial, said that he believed MH370 had suffered a "catastrophic event" that filled the cabin with smoke or noxious fumes shortly after the pilots made final contact with ground control.
"As opposed to being hijackers, the crew were heroically trying to save the airplane," he said last night.
Mr Vincent said smoke could have been caused by an electrical fire, hazardous materials in the cargo hold, or a small bomb that failed to destroy the aircraft.
He said he thought a bomb unlikely as no group had taken responsibility for an attack.