WHY MH370 REPORT IS A COVER-UP
A final report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is a cover-up of the captain’s actions, according to industry sources in Malaysia.
One source said the “seven flight waypoints” recovered from Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s flight simulator program — flown just weeks before the plane’s disappearance and which replicated MH370’s final flight — were all from one session.
But Malaysian authorities, in the final report, found the waypoints were from separate sessions and therefore of no significance.
“There is no question the waypoints were from one flight into the southern Indian Ocean,” the industry source said.
“This is a cover-up.” Another source, who works as a contractor to Malaysia Airlines, told The Weekend West that “very early on” after MH370 disappeared the airline’s operational management said “Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was responsible”.
The final report released on July 30 exonerated both pilots, a finding that has been met by disbelief.
Chief investigator Kok Soo Chon said “we are not of the opinion that it could have been an event committed by the pilot”.
The Australian Transport Safety Authority report on the search for MH370 issued in October said: “In the six weeks before the accident flight, the pilot in command had used his simulator to fly a route similar to part of the route flown by MH370 up the Strait of Malacca, with a left-hand turn and track into the southern Indian Ocean.”
But the Malaysian report dismisses this and says that “the Royal Malaysian Police forensic report concluded that there were no unusual activities other than gamerelated flight simulations”.
The flight simulator is not a game. It is a recognised and endorsed flight-training tool used by many airlines and the US military.
One of the most respected analysts of the MH370 disappearance, Independent Group member Victor Iannello, has also criticised the report.
“How can Malaysian investigators ignore that the captain had the best opportunity and capability to divert the plane?” he said.
“How does the compressed time line of the diversion fit any other possibility?
“It is understandable that the safety report did not apportion blame to the captain. However, it is not understandable that the report deflected blame to an unnamed third party.”
Mr Iannello said it was odd that the Royal Malaysian Police concluded there were no unusual activities given the “extraordinary coincidence” that a simulated flight — which included a departure from Kuala Lumpur — ending in the southern Indian Ocean was recovered.