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MH370 investigator bombarded with death threats for trying to track doomed plane

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Blaine Gibson helped search for wreckage from the missing Malaysian airline MH370, which disappeared after taking off from Kuala Lumpur Airport in 2014 with 239 passengers on board

An investigator who found the first piece of debris from the missing MH370 plane said he was bombarded with death threats and pursued by “shadowy figures” as he continued his search for the doomed jet.

Wreck hunter Blaine Gibson was initially joined by devastated families as he combed the beaches of Madagascar in search of the Malaysia Airlines flight to Beijing.

It disappeared after departing Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Airport for Beijing, China, in March 2014 with 239 passengers on board.

But soon after, he felt “disturbed and intimidated” by people telling him to give up the search and fearing he was being watched.

The Australian describes his plight in a new Channel 5 documentary entitled MH370: The Vanishing.

In it, Blaine said he was concerned “that someone who was trying to prevent Malaysia MH370 from being found might use violence against me…but I didn’t know who,” reports The Sun.

He added: “I received death threats from anonymous people. Things like “No plane, no Blaine” and telling me to give up my search.

“One called a friend of mine and said I would not leave Madagascar alive.

“I’ve been followed and photographed and yes it’s very disturbing. It’s intimidating.”

The documentary explores the mysterious disappearance of the plane, which suddenly changed course and disappeared from radar after logging off from Malaysian air traffic control.

It had 227 passengers from 14 different countries on board, as well as 12 crew members.

In 2015, part of a Boeing 777 wing was discovered on Reunion Island, a French department in the southern Indian Ocean, and Blaine decided to search areas in Madagascar and Mozambique on expert advice.

In June 2016, three more pieces were found and using high-tech, driverless probes, investigators searched 12km² a day to depths of 6000m, but were called off after finding nothing for 138 days.

Around the same time Blaine said he had started receiving death threats, Ghyslain Wattrelos — who lost his wife Laurence, 51, and two of their three children, Hadrien, 17, and Ambre, 13, in the disaster — said he did has been contacted by thousands offering to help him find the truth – but believes some had sinister motives.

He began to believe that the Malaysian authorities or the Chinese were concealing the true location of the probable crash, as they didn’t want the plane to be found.

“Somewhere in this world, someone knows what happened, and it’s not just one person, it’s a big story. It’s a dirty story involving many countries,” he said.

Despite an official investigation by the Malaysian government, no official explanation has ever been given for the plane’s disappearance and it remains one of the world’s top aviation mysteries.

One of the leading theories was a mass murder-suicide of the pilot – 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

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