A simulation of a path similar to the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, which went missing in 2014 after flying off route, was conducted by the pilot of the airlines a few weeks prior.
According to a confidential document about the disappearance of the flight, Zaharie Ahmad Shah conducted a simulated flight deep into the remote Indian Ocean a few weeks before the MH370 went missing.
The document, which was obtained by the New York Magazine and contains the findings of the Malaysian police’s investigation into Zaharie, says that Malaysian authorities handed the hard drives used by the pilot to record sessions of a home built flight simulator to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Six deleted data points stored by the Microsoft Flight Simulator X program were recovered by the FBI, the document says.
A factual report released on the first anniversary of MH370’s disappearance said, “The Captain’s ability to handle stress at work and home was good. There was no known history of apathy, anxiety, or irritability. There were no significant changes in his life style, interpersonal conflict or family stresses.”
Meanwhile, officials announced that Australia, Malaysia and China have agreed to put an end to the search if the plane is not found by December, as reported by NEWS.com.au. However, Malaysian Transport minister Liow Tiong Lai has emphasized “that this does not mean we are giving up on the search for MH370.”
The plane, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers aboard, was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. All the passengers have been presumed dead in the tragedy. As reported by CNN, almost 110,000 square miles of the search area has been scoured.
Pieces of debris believed to be of the missing airlines have been found. These include one off the coast of Reunion Island and others in Mauritius, South Africa and Mozambique.