Mayalasian flight MH370 'brought down deliberately' says hero British Airways pilot Eric Moody

Daily Echo: Eric Moody Eric Moody

THE HAMPSHIRE pilot of the infamous 1982 British Airways Flight 9 incident today said he believed the Malaysian Airlines MH370 was brought down deliberately.

Ruling out a malfunction on the plane, retired pilot Eric Moody said all indications pointed to suicide.

He believes if there was a fire, the pilot would have wanted to land the plane straight away - and not continue flying for seven hours after last contact.

What's more, he said it appears the communications were intentionally switched off - something that wouldn't have happened in an emergency.

Speaking from his home in Chilworth today, Mr Moody, 72, said: "I've been speaking with my son this morning who is a 747 first officer.

"I said to him, "What do you reckon happened," and he said, "Dad, I've got no idea".

"I don't think there was an explosion or a decompression over the South China Sea and I don't think there was a fire.

"Any pilot worth his salt would want to get it on the ground as soon as possible. There's lots of flammable stuff in planes so you cannot fail to act.

"It is all pointing to suicide by someone on board - whether that is one of the pilots or somebody else on board.

"They were flying in a controlled manner and somebody switched off the communication equipment."

However, Mr Moody believes the public have not been told the full story.

In 1982, all four engines on the British Airways Flight 9 he was piloting from London to Auckland, New Zealand, failed when he flew through a volcanic ash cloud.

The cloud came from an eruption of Mount Galunggung in West Java, Indonesia.

Moody had to take emergency action and saved all 248 passengers and 15 crew on board by dropping from 37,000ft to 12,000ft to restart the engines.

Eventually, the flight made an emergency landing at the Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Even though he was behind the controls, he still didn't find out the full account of what happened until declassified files were released 11 years later.

Mr Moody said: "What I will say is that some agency knows something more than what they are letting on and I have experience in this.

"It took 11 years to find out how Boeing was able to ring a ground engineer in Jakarta who got to us after about 15 to 20 minutes after landing.

"A phone call was made just when my engines started going wrong. It meant they knew what was going on as they were monitoring us on satellites.

"Satellite monitoring stations by Alice Springs and Guam were following us as we found out from declassified files years later.

"As such there is so much unknown right now but someone will know more and it could be any country.

"We don't know what they're watching."

Mr Moody now works as an after dinner speaker, dining out on his story of the Jakarta incident and raising money for charity through it.

He said he never expected the media hype to continue over 30 years later.

Daily Echo: Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 gesture after being told the latest update in Beijing, China, Monday, March 24, 2014.Relatives of passengers on flight MH370

However, he added he didn't know when the public would find out the full story of the missing MH370.

Mr Moody also described the actions towards families and the media by Malaysian Airlines and the Malaysian authorities as "dreadful".

He said: "The Malaysians haven't done themselves much good and they needed a big PR company to handle the fall-out.

"Their PR has been dreadful and it gives you the impression they are concealing something as they stand there looking gormless on television.

"It's shocking they informed the families by text message about what happened to their loved ones."

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:26pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Redondo Saint says...

This man really was a Hero!
Google the story, it's worth it.
This man really was a Hero! Google the story, it's worth it. Redondo Saint
  • Score: 4

4:00pm Tue 25 Mar 14

cliffwalker says...

Good old Echo!
Another picture of distressed relations to illustrate a story which is nothing to do with their sad situation.
Good old Echo! Another picture of distressed relations to illustrate a story which is nothing to do with their sad situation. cliffwalker
  • Score: -3

4:22pm Tue 25 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

The alternative is Crew being disabled, like that Greek Helios Boeing 737 or Payne Stewart business jet incident, the crews were incapacitated by oxygen starvation, the aircraft flew on until they ran out of fuel. Doesn't explain the communication systems being switched off though.
The alternative is Crew being disabled, like that Greek Helios Boeing 737 or Payne Stewart business jet incident, the crews were incapacitated by oxygen starvation, the aircraft flew on until they ran out of fuel. Doesn't explain the communication systems being switched off though. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

4:47pm Tue 25 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

So his son, who is a current First Officer with up-to-date training and experience admits to having 'no idea'. But this old codger, who had a bit of drama years ago, and might have read a newspaper, thinks he's qualified to say it's a deliberate act of suicide.

So that's settled then.
So his son, who is a current First Officer with up-to-date training and experience admits to having 'no idea'. But this old codger, who had a bit of drama years ago, and might have read a newspaper, thinks he's qualified to say it's a deliberate act of suicide. So that's settled then. From the sidelines
  • Score: 3

5:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

__KTF__ says...

Eric Moody must have information that no-one else has access to if he is able to reach that conclusion... Perhaps he should contact the investigators rather than the media.

I wish all these 'experts' would go back in their box and the media should stop constantly looking for 'experts' in an attempt to keep the headlines rolling in.

They still have not found the aircraft yet.
Eric Moody must have information that no-one else has access to if he is able to reach that conclusion... Perhaps he should contact the investigators rather than the media. I wish all these 'experts' would go back in their box and the media should stop constantly looking for 'experts' in an attempt to keep the headlines rolling in. They still have not found the aircraft yet. __KTF__
  • Score: 6

9:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

issacchunt says...

Echo, lets evaluate what we know for sure. The plane has disappeared. .......er........um.
.........er.........
...?

Anything else is meaningless speculation at best.
Echo, lets evaluate what we know for sure. The plane has disappeared. .......er........um. .........er......... ...? Anything else is meaningless speculation at best. issacchunt
  • Score: 0

10:16pm Tue 25 Mar 14

__KTF__ says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The alternative is Crew being disabled, like that Greek Helios Boeing 737 or Payne Stewart business jet incident, the crews were incapacitated by oxygen starvation, the aircraft flew on until they ran out of fuel. Doesn't explain the communication systems being switched off though.
Helios happened because the crew didnt react to the (ample) warnings they had beforehand to resolve the situation. It was not a sudden decompression like the Stweart bizjet incident.

Until the FDR are recovered, no-one will know what happened to MH370 and that assumes the FDR will contain useful data.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The alternative is Crew being disabled, like that Greek Helios Boeing 737 or Payne Stewart business jet incident, the crews were incapacitated by oxygen starvation, the aircraft flew on until they ran out of fuel. Doesn't explain the communication systems being switched off though.[/p][/quote]Helios happened because the crew didnt react to the (ample) warnings they had beforehand to resolve the situation. It was not a sudden decompression like the Stweart bizjet incident. Until the FDR are recovered, no-one will know what happened to MH370 and that assumes the FDR will contain useful data. __KTF__
  • Score: 0

10:46pm Wed 26 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

__KTF__ wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The alternative is Crew being disabled, like that Greek Helios Boeing 737 or Payne Stewart business jet incident, the crews were incapacitated by oxygen starvation, the aircraft flew on until they ran out of fuel. Doesn't explain the communication systems being switched off though.
Helios happened because the crew didnt react to the (ample) warnings they had beforehand to resolve the situation. It was not a sudden decompression like the Stweart bizjet incident.

Until the FDR are recovered, no-one will know what happened to MH370 and that assumes the FDR will contain useful data.
Hope they find it and solve the mystery.
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The alternative is Crew being disabled, like that Greek Helios Boeing 737 or Payne Stewart business jet incident, the crews were incapacitated by oxygen starvation, the aircraft flew on until they ran out of fuel. Doesn't explain the communication systems being switched off though.[/p][/quote]Helios happened because the crew didnt react to the (ample) warnings they had beforehand to resolve the situation. It was not a sudden decompression like the Stweart bizjet incident. Until the FDR are recovered, no-one will know what happened to MH370 and that assumes the FDR will contain useful data.[/p][/quote]Hope they find it and solve the mystery. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree