Two years after the ill-fated flight of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, shocking new details are emerging about what really happened. Malaysian authorities now confirm that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah plotted the flight over the Indian Ocean on a flight simulator.
Authorities also warned that despite this revelation, this still does not prove that he deliberately crashed the plane. The flight was carrying 239 people en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur when it disappeared March 8, 2014.
MH370 Pilot Planned Ahead?
The Telegraph reported that Shah plotted a course very similar to the final route of flight MH370. According to Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, the pilot used a home-made flight simulator to plot his courses. Thousands of practice courses discovered on his hard drive including the one very similar to plane’s final flight.
“There is no evidence to confirm that (the pilot) flew the plane into the southern Indian Ocean” Lai told reporters on Tuesday. The discovery of the flight simulator date was reported last month after the FBI recovered the deleted data.
The route authorities discovered was similar to the ones tracked by Malaysian military radar. However, the end point was off approximately 900 miles from the area believed to be where the plane crashed.
Despite this fact, the discovery has added to the speculation that Shah deliberately crashed the plane on the Indian Ocean. The discovery is painful to the victim’s families who have to deal with the fact that their relatives were murdered.
According to New York Times, a prominent crash investigator caused a stir when he stated that the plane might have been deliberately crashed into the sea. The statement was made by Larry Vance who led the investigation on the crash Swissair Flight 111 into the Atlantic Ocean.
Malaysian authorities have not confirmed Vance’s assertion that flight MH370 was deliberately crashed by its pilot. His assertion was made after the discovery of the plane’s flaperon suggesting that someone was flying the plane into the water.