Quantico, VA, United States (4E) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found nothing suspicious on the home-made flight simulator of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane’s pilot, according to a senior U.S. official.
The official also said there was nothing criminal about the pilot after FBI analysts reviewed the simulator of Capt. Zaharie Shah.
Malaysia’s Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the FBI finding still has to be corroborated by the police, which will announced the result of the FBI analysis.
The result of the simulator examination represents another dead end to finding the lost passenger plane. Flight MH370 was carrying 239 passengers and crews when it disappeared on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.
Investigators speculated hijacking, personal problem or technical failure as the cause of the plane’s disappearance. In the search for clues to locate the plane, Malaysian authorities raided the home of Shah, 53, found the simulator and seized it. The investigators learned that files have been deleted and asked the FBI for help to find out if those indicate a possible flight route taken by Shah.
The plane remains missing but investigators assume it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. An international search operation involving many ships and planes is being conducted in designated areas at the moment. So far, debris seen during the search are not part of the aircraft.