MH370 pilot flew similar doomed route on simulator
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. –