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'It Was Almost Certainly Mass Murder-Suicide': Tony Abbott's Explosive MH370 Claims

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has claimed the “highest levels” of the Malaysian Government told him those on board MH370 were killed by mass murder-suicide by the pilot.

In an explosive interview with Sky News, Abbott said "I want to be absolutely crystal clear. It was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly mass murder-suicide by the pilot."

Doomed flight MH370 vanished in March 2014 when it lost contact over the South China Sea. It was supposed to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Malaysian authorities continued exploring other possible causes like terrorism, or whether a major fire broke out on board. The government was subject to a lot of criticism for trying to hide the actual cause.

But Abbott believes their willingness to explore other possibilities was not a cover-up.

"I've read all these stories that the Malaysians didn't want the murder-suicide theory pursued because they were embarrassed about one of their pilots doing this," he said.

"I have no reason to accept that."

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'A Real Letdown': MH370 Report Fails To Give Answers To Families

Australian relatives of those killed in the MH370 disaster say the inconclusive investigation report leaves no option but to start the search again in the Indian Ocean.

Australian authorities joined the search but later found out there were looking in the wrong spot which has sparked a renewed push for the search to resume.

“If it is a fact that the furthest reaches were not explored because of assumptions of a pilot who was no longer at the controls, I would say let’s ditch that assumption," Abbott said.

"Let’s assume that it was a murder-suicide by the pilot and if there is any part of that ocean that could have been reached on that basis that has not yet been explored, let’s get out and explore it."

Earlier this month new findings could ignite a fresh search for the missing flight which had more than 200 people on board.

Newly found debris and analysis triggered renewed hope among investigators who are determined to solve one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

Talks are allegedly underway between families and the Malaysian government to send seabed searchers from Ocean Infinity to find the wreckage.

The move comes after two new pieces of debris were found. Experts have determined one piece is likely from the internal fin of the vortex generator,  News Corp reported.

Australian air crash investigators have reportedly welcomed the renewed search.