MH370 pi­lot flew sim­i­lar doomed route on sim­u­la­tor

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE pi­lot who flew miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines flight MH370, which is be­lieved to have gone off route and crashed in the In­dian Ocean, con­ducted a sim­u­la­tion of a sim­i­lar path just weeks prior, New York magazine re­ported.

Za­harie Ah­mad Shah, the air­man at the helm of the plane, used an elab­o­rate home-built flight sim­u­la­tor to steer him­self over the Strait of Malacca and into the re­mote south­ern In­dian ocean, a course with strik­ing re­sem­blance to the route MH370 is be­lieved to have taken.

The find­ing, which casts a shadow of sus­pi­cion over the 53-year-old pi­lot, was pub­lished on July 22 by New York, which ob­tained a con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ment from Malaysian po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, the FBI re­cov­ered deleted data points from the flight sim­u­la­tor on Mr Za­harie’s hard drive.

“We found a flight path that lead to the South­ern In­dian Ocean among the nu­mer­ous other flight paths charted on the flight sim­u­la­tor, that could be of in­ter­est,” the doc­u­ment said.

Al­though the paths are sim­i­lar, the sim­u­lated flight’s end­point is lo­cated some 1450 kilo­me­tres from the area where the plane is be­lieved to have gone down.

The Boe­ing 777 van­ished for un­known rea­sons on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Bei­jing with 239 peo­ple aboard, mostly Chi­nese na­tion­als. It re­mains one of the great­est mys­ter­ies in avi­a­tion his­tory.

The Malaysian gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to main­tain that it does not know what caused the in­ci­dent. –

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