Quantico, VA, United States (4E) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has joined the investigation of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane on the request of Malaysian authorities.
The FBI will analyze and retrieve deleted data from a flight simulator recovered from the home of the Flight MH370′s lead pilot, according to a U.S. federal law enforcement official who declined to be named.
Investigators are hoping that the deleted data from the computer could offer clues as to what happened to the plane or where it diverted.
The plane, a Boeing 777 with 239 passengers and crew aboard, mysteriously vanished on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. Investigators from Malaysia remain clueless as to what happened to the plane while 25 other countries helping in the ocean and land search of the aircraft have yet to find any remnant from the plane.
Malaysian investigators said in a press conference in Sepang on Wednesday that files from the simulator of Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, were deleted on Feb. 8 and they are trying to retrieve them to look for signs on unusual flight paths. Clues from the deleted flight rehearsal logs may also indicate if Shah was involved in diverting the plane.
One of the suspicions of investigators is that the plane changed course after losing contact and vanishing from radars.