Malaysia Air Investigation Turns to Missing Data on Flight Simulator

March 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
The cockpit of the missing plane, in 2004

The cockpit of the missing plane, in 2004

The investigations of the two pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet continued Wednesday as investigators announced that an inspection of the flight simulator found at the captain’s home revealed that data had been deleted.

Over the weekend a search was made of the homes of both Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and his co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid.  A homemade Boeing 777 flight simulator was taken from Shah’s home for examination.

Officials said that they had recruited “local and international expertise” to examine the flight simulator and that data had been deleted on February 3, over a month prior to the disappearance of Flight 370.

The deleted data was reported to be logs from the games.

“Some data has been deleted from the simulator. Forensic efforts are on to retrieve the data,” said Hishammuddin Hussein, who is both the country’s minister of defense as well as its acting minister of transport, at a news conference on Wednesday, adding that crew members are still being treated as “innocent” at the present time although they have clearly fallen under greater scrutiny.

It was not clear if the erasing of the data was considered unusual and Malaysian Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar declined to answer a reporter’s question at the same news conference concerning this matter.

(Photo: Chris Finney)


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