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« Reply #820 on: July 22, 2016, 05:26:04 PM »

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/07/mh370-pilot-flew-suicide-route-on-home-simulator.html

Exclusive: MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Final Flight
July 22, 2016
2:40 p.m

New York has obtained a confidential document from the Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that shows that the plane’s captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, conducted a simulated flight deep into the remote southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished under uncannily similar circumstances. The revelation, which Malaysia withheld from a lengthy public report on the investigation, is the strongest evidence yet that Zaharie made off with the plane in a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide.

The document presents the findings of the Malaysian police’s investigation into Zaharie. It reveals that after the plane disappeared in March of 2014, Malaysia turned over to the FBI hard drives that Zaharie used to record sessions on an elaborate home-built flight simulator. The FBI was able to recover six deleted data points that had been stored by the Microsoft Flight Simulator X program in the weeks before MH370 disappeared, according to the document. Each point records the airplane’s altitude, speed, direction of flight, and other key parameters at a given moment. The document reads, in part:


Based on the Forensics Analysis conducted on the 5 HDDs obtained from the Flight Simulator from MH370 Pilot’s house, we found a flight path, that lead to the Southern Indian Ocean, among the numerous other flight paths charted on the Flight Simulator, that could be of interest, as contained in Table 2.

Taken together, these points show a flight that departs Kuala Lumpur, heads northwest over the Malacca Strait, then turns left and heads south over the Indian Ocean, continuing until fuel exhaustion over an empty stretch of sea.

Search officials believe MH370 followed a similar route, based on signals the plane transmitted to a satellite after ceasing communications and turning off course. The actual and the simulated flights were not identical, though, with the simulated endpoint some 900 miles from the remote patch of southern ocean area where officials believe the plane went down. Based on the data in the document, here's a map of the simulated flight compared to the route searchers believe the lost airliner followed:

MH370's presumed flight path is in yellow. Zaharie's simulated suicide flight is in red.
 
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« Reply #821 on: July 27, 2016, 10:53:49 PM »

http://jacc.gov.au/families/operational_reports/opsearch-update-20160727.aspx

JACC
MH370 Operational Search Update—
27 July 2016


 
Key developments this week

Fugro Discoverycontinues operations in the search area.

Fugro Equator is en route to Fremantle for resupply.

Dong Hai Jiu 101 is currently on weather standby and will conduct underwater search operations as weather and sea conditions allow.
More than 110,000 square kilometres of the seafloor have been searched so far.

Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People's Republic of China met in Malaysia to discuss the status of the search and future arrangements should the aircraft not be located in the search area.  Further details are below.

There was significant media coverage of data obtained from the MH370 Captain's home flight simulator.  Further information is included below.

Ministerial Tripartite Meeting, 22 July 2016

Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and the People's Republic of China met in Malaysia last week to discuss a range of matters relating to the search.  The key decision from the meeting was that should the aircraft not be located in the current search area, and in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location of the aircraft, the search would be suspended upon completion of the 120,000 square kilometre search area.

Ministers went to great lengths to explain that this does not mean the termination of the search; should credible new information emerge which can be used to identify the specific location of the aircraft, consideration will be given to determining next steps.

The full communique from the Ministerial Tripartite Meeting is available via the following link: http://jacc.gov.au/media/communiques/2016/com004.aspx.

In the event the aircraft is found and accessible, the existing agreement between Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China for recovery activities, including securing all the evidence necessary for the accident investigation, remains in place.

Media reports about MH370 Captain's flight simulator
 
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