Missing flight MH370 could have been heading towards a secret runway, a former pilot has sensationally claimed.

Ex-United Airlines pilot Randy Ryan said he developed his theory as search teams are yet to find the plane four years after it disappeared.

Debris likely belonging to MH370 has washed up in Madagascar, while others have washed up in nearby Reunion Island and Mauritius.

However, while the ex US Air Force pilot says that "pokes a pretty big hole in his theory" he says it should not be ruled out.

But while admitting the plane could have crashed into the sea, the ex-captain says there is "zero possibility" it was as a result of an accident.

"So far what little debris that has been found was all found on the westerly route I am suggesting it was flown," he told the Daily Star:

"If it turned north (before Madagascar) and landed I’d expect it would have landed in some desolate place where its approach would not have been noticed, especially at night.

"GPS is such that it could find almost any place pre-planned.

"It’s harder (to find) if it is on land, I’ll bet it was covered with camo cloth by the people I suspect met it on landing.

"Why they want a plane is way beyond my understanding."

MH370 is believed to have turned left over the South China Aea on its way from Kuala Lumpar to Beijing in 2014.

Investigators think it crashed in the Indian Ocean west of Australia but do not know why it took that route leading to a host of theories.

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