One theory comes from Larry Vance, the former head investigator for the Canadian Aviation Safety Board, who led the investigation into the downing of Swissair Flight 111 in 1998. He told the Sunday Express that he believes the crash was no accident.
In 2017, Vance told an Australian television network that someone was flying the plane at the end of the flight and there is no other theory that matches the scenario. Vance went on to explain that the erosion that was on the wing parts when it was recovered, indicates that the plane was in fact under control when the plane crashed. A part of the plane’s wing called the flaperon, caused the wear and tear when it was exposed to elements as it was extended. The flaperon can only be extended when the plane is under full control. Vance said that “This was a human engineered event, there’s no other explanation.”
Reports from numerous investigations state that there is evidence suggesting that it was a “rogue plane” scenario and the pilot Captain Zaharie Shah deliberately flew the plane off-radar before crashing it into the ocean. These accusations have been denied by the pilot’s sister who said there was no evidence that he was suicidal.
The fact remains that many lives were lost and family members continue to mourn as the third anniversary of this tragic crash has gone by.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte unveiled the monument to the public in a park located in the village of Vijfhuizen. Around 2,000 relatives and Dutch politicians attended the ceremony.
The monument is composed of a glistening steel structure that is shaped like an eye and set before a dark wall that bears the names of the victims. The monument was designed by sculptor Ronald Westerhuis. The monument was created in such a way where when looking into the steel structure you can see your reflection as well as the name of your loved one. The steel reflects the sunlight onto a dark wall. The artist was inspired to create the memorial as a way to hopefully ease the sadness the families of the victims are facing during this difficult time. Westerhuis is a Dutch artist and the creator of international land art sculptures and numerous projects such as solo exhibitions at Stardust MPV Gallery and the Energizer Project 2.0, which opened in the Netherlands in 2016.
The downing of the plane took place in a territory under the control of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. There were 12 crew members on board, all who were Malaysian, and 227 passengers. The victims were from across the world, including 153 Chinese and 38 Malaysians; seven of those passengers were children. Other passengers were from Iran, the US, Canada, Indonesia, Australia, India, France, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia, Taiwan and the Netherlands.