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March 17th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Veteran pilot convinced plane’s disappearance done by expert pilot

(CNN) – The latest news and information on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lead one veteran pilot to at least one conclusion.

"It took a great deal of skill to do this," said aviation analyst and retired commercial pilot Jim Tilmon.

On Monday, the Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times reported that the plane may have flown low to the ground – 5,000 feet or less – and used mountainous terrain as cover to evade radar detection. The newspaper cited unnamed sources for its reporting, which CNN could not immediately confirm.

"Somebody was at the controls that understood the value of altitude control to eliminate the possibility of being spotted and tracked on radar, that took care of all of the warning devices and the informational devices in the cockpit, and beyond," said Tilmon.

For more of our interview with aviation expert Jim Tilmon, check out the video above.

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