Author Christine Negroni, who wrote ‘The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters’, told Daily Star Online that the Malaysia Airlines plane may have depressurised during its flight. The Boeing 777-200 disappeared in March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing, China, but crashed on route. It is believed that all 239 people on board perished.
According to New York Times writer Ms Negroni predicts Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the plane’s captain, was using the toilet at the time.
This left co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid to undertake an attempted rescue mission.
Ms Negroni suspects Mr Hamid suffered from a bout of hypoxia, which strikes when the brain is starved of oxygen.
The effects of the condition meant his attempts to save the flight were unable to be completed, she added.