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  • 22 March 2014, 9:25

Malaysia Plane: 'Criminal Act' Behind Mystery

A former air accident investigator has told Sky News he believes a "criminal act" is to blame for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

James Kallstrom, who was once assistant director of the FBI in New York, said the main focus of the inquiry into what happened should be on the crew.

Mr Kallstrom, who investigated the explosion of Boeing 747 in the Atlantic Ocean in 1996, said: "I just don't see how it's possible there was some fire aboard the plane or some mechanical failure that kept it flying.

"If it was flying on automatic pilot it wouldn't be changing altitude, it wouldn't be going left and right, making turns and dropping to 5,000 feet, you know somebody was flying that airplane."

Like many, Mr Kallstrom has unanswered questions about the disappearance, specifically the backgrounds of the crew and passengers.

"I want to know everything about them, I want to know who they are, what they stand for, who they talk to, what do their telephones say? What do the hard drives on their computers say?"

The response of the Malaysian authorities has been criticised by relatives of the 239 passengers on board, with some family members suggesting foul play.

While Mr Kallstrom characterised the investigation as lacking "coordination", he added events like this can be "overwhelming".

Help from other countries should have been sought sooner, he claimed, in particular from the US.

"In retrospect they should have asked us to come over there right away.

"Not because we are superior in any way, but because we've got so much more experience."

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