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Published on : Thursday, July 28, 2016
Data recovered from the flight simulator of Malaysian Airlines MH370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed. Australian officials have confirmed this report on Thursday.
The Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. It was carrying 239 passengers and crew, none of whom have been seen or heard from since.
An Australian crash investigator has told an aviation website that flight MH370 plunged sharply and quickly into the ocean, suggesting that no-one was in control of the aircraft.
The flight’s rate of descent increased dramatically in its final minutes, from about 1,200 metres per minute to up to 6,700m per minute. This would mean the aircraft struck the water at a speed of almost 400kph.
There has been confusion over exactly what was found on Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s flight simulator since the media reported last week that an FBI analysis of the device showed Zaharie had conducted a simulated flight to the southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished along a similar route.
The magazine cited the discovery as strong evidence that the disappearance was a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide at the hands of the captain.
Malaysia rejected the report as false. But Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center confirmed on Thursday that the captain’s simulator did indeed show that “someone had plotted a course to the southern Indian Ocean.”
Adding to the confusion, Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center – which is overseeing the search for the plane off Australia’s west coast – subsequently issued a vague statement that seemed to imply such a route had been found on Zaharie’s machine.
The agency has confirmed to the media that someone had plotted a course to the southern Indian Ocean.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Greg Hood said that, he is “confident” that the aircraft will be found, despite the recent tripartite statement that the hunt will be suspended upon the completion of the existing 120,000km² search area.