Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Malaysia Turns to F.B.I. for Help in Plane Inquiry

The Malaysian authorities say some data was deleted from a flight simulator that one of the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet had built in his home, and they have turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help in recovering the data, in the hope that it will provide some clue to what happened to the plane. The expansion of the American role in the investigation came as governments struggled to narrow down the vast search zone for the plane, which stretches across two hemispheres, and as relatives of some of the 227 missing passengers angrily protested the Malaysian government’s handing of the so-far fruitless hunt.

Investigators have said the plane’s extraordinary diversion from its intended course, from northeastward across the Gulf of Thailand to westward across the Malaysian peninusla, was probably carried out by someone on the plane who had aviation experience. Attention has focused on the two pilots — Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and his junior officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27. The Malaysian police, who found that Mr. Zaharie had a flight simulator in his home, said on Wednesday that some data was erased from the simulator on Feb. 3, more than a month before the ill-fated flight.

“The experts are looking at what are the logs, what has been cleared,” Tan Sri Khalid Bin Abu Bakar, inspector-general of the Malaysian police, told reporters at a news conference in Sepang, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the capital. He declined to comment further. Read further details here