Faulty oxygen bottles led to MH370 crash?

PETALING JAYA: Could it have been a fault in the pilot's oxygen bottles on Flight MH370 that in turn may have caused it to explode?

That was the latest theory to surface on what caused the Malaysian Airlines plane with 239 people onboard to vanish en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, above the Indian Ocean.

Captain Allan Lindberg, who has logged 17,000 flying hours in 30 years, shared this relatively plausible theory with UK's The Daily Star today.

All efforts to track down the plane have failed and the jet's whereabouts have remained a mystery ever since.

Alien abduction, North Korea and an insurance scam are just some of the bizarre theories behind the disappearance.

One popular theory is the doomed flight was hijacked by pilot and intentionally flown outside the search area.

Lindberg, 54, said Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah could have been starved of oxygen and didn't have time to call for help.

"I think the pilots lost consciousness and the plane flew on autopilot until running out of fuel," he was quoted as saying.

"The pilot would have turned the plane in a drastic way to get out of the way of other planes. It's a well known fact that MH370 made this turn to the left.

"For some reason they have not declared their situation to the Air Traffic Controller. Maybe because they had empty lungs or they were scared."