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Motive: One pilot decides to commit suicide in a way that an investigation could not determine was suicide, for example, for his survivors to receive life insurance. For his plan to be successful, the plane must go down in deep ocean, far from radar contact where it will be hard to locate and hard to recover.
Scenario: The suicidal pilot takes command and locks the cockpit door when the other pilot leaves the cockpit to use the lavatory. The suicidal pilot turns off ACARS, then a few minutes later he turns off the transponder after hand-off from Malaysian air traffic control. The crew and passengers pose a great threat to his plan (Flight 93), so he must eliminate this threat. He puts the plane into a steep climb to 45,000 feet and dons his oxygen mask. The skin of the plane ruptures under the stress, and a decompression event occurs. Emergency oxygen masks deploy in the cabin. The crew and passengers cannot fight back while tethered to oxygen masks. Cabin oxygen only lasts for 30 minutes. As soon as the suicidal pilot causes the decompression event, he descends to cruising altitude because he needs the plane to fly for several more hours, and he does not want to damage it further. He turns and heads the plane for the Indian Ocean. By the time he reaches the coast of Malaysia, the crew and passengers have depleted their oxygen and died of hypoxia. No one is alive to use a mobile phone to send an alert. He successfully transits Malaysian air space without interdiction. Once over the Indian Ocean he programs the autopilot to fly south to deep water. He knows he will soon die of hypoxia, but that is ok with him because it’s a painless death. He knows that the plane will fly for several more hours until it runs out of fuel, then crash into deep ocean. If the plane is ever found, the cockpit voice recorder, which contains the last 120 minutes of sound, will be blank, because the suicidal pilot will have died several hours before the crash. The flight data recorder will only show flight data, with nothing pointing a finger at a single person. The suicidal pilot, not wanting to take the chance that a single identifiable body will be found in the cockpit, takes a final deep breath, removes his oxygen mask, opens the cockpit door, and dies in the cabin.
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