Conspiracy theorists the world over may feel vindicated to learn that the disappearance of MH370 was a cover-up, according to a two-year investigation by the Hong Kong-based author of a new book. Accusing officials responsible for the ongoing search missions of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane of misdirection, journalist Florence de Changy is convinced that researchers have been deliberately put off course and are looking in the wrong place for the wreckage. “The official narrative on MH370 is an insult to human intelligence,” the French writer espoused to an audience at the Hong Kong Book Fair on Wednesday night. She was speaking in a run-up to the September release of the English and Chinese translated versions of her book, titled Flight MH370 Did Not Disappear . There has been no conclusive evidence found to date, despite an extensive search in the Indian Ocean by multiple countries. The ill-fated flight disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. The official narrative on MH370 is an insult to human intelligence Journalist Florence de Changy De Changy, who first began reporting on the saga as it unravelled for French broadsheet Le Monde , argued that the hundreds of investigators should be scouring the South China Sea rather than the Indian Ocean. “I’ve had to dismiss 100 per cent of the official narrative,” de Changy said. “All the statements don’t add up, so I decided to start from square one with my research,” she added. De Changy has gone through tomes of official documents, scrutinised contrasting official statements and reviewed time lines and diverging theories. Her book will provide background research on some of the key players involved in the story, including the flight’s pilot whom she believed had been subjected to an ongoing smear campaign. De Changy felt confident that her investigation corroborated early suspicions she held that misinformation had been the source of confusion. “I have all these little pieces of a big jigsaw puzzle, and I’m not sure where to place them, or if they fit anywhere,” she said. De Changy believed the story of MH370 serves as an indictment of how information is disseminated in the digital age, with headline-hungry reporters and a gullible public lapping it all up because they are too lazy to scrutinise content. “We don’t take the time to question the credibility of public statements anymore,” she said.