'MH17 pilot may have diverted into danger zone'

Jul 19, 2014, 08:56 IST | Agencies

London: The pilot of MH17 radioed that he ‘felt uncomfortable’ about the route he was flying while over Ukraine and fatally altered his course to hostile territory, according to an expert.

Dr Igor Sutyagin, Research Fellow in Russian Studies from the Royal United Services Institute, believes that MH17 was shot down by rebels based in the 3rd District of Torez, in eastern Ukraine, after mistaking the plane for a government military transport aircraft.

He said that information had been leaked from a source that the pilot of MH17 ‘felt bad’ about his course over Ukrainian airspace, so changed direction. Little did he know that the plane would then be brought down.

Dr Sutyagin’s theory appears to be supported by a route map which shows the passenger plane travelling on a different course to the ones taken by the previous ten MH17 flights. Malaysia Airlines yesterday denied that the plane was told to alter its course.

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