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Sunday, July 24, 2016

All but confirmed: Malaysia Air Flight 370 was taken on a suicide run

It's been suspected from the beginning that Malaysia Airlines pilot Zarie Ahmed Shah took his plane on a suicide run in March 2014. And now it's all but been confirmed.

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.
And the comparison I made with EgyptAir 990 a few days after the disappearance (see first link above) was apt for another reason.
The newly unveiled documents, however, suggest Malaysian officials have suppressed at least one key piece of incriminating information. This is not entirely surprising: There is a history in aircraft investigations of national safety boards refusing to believe that their pilots could have intentionally crashed an aircraft full of passengers. After EgyptAir 990 went down near Martha’s Vineyard in 1999, for example, Egyptian officials angrily rejected the U.S. National Transport Safety Board finding that the pilot had deliberately steered the plane into the sea. Indonesian officials likewise rejected the NTSB finding that the 1997 crash of SilkAir 185 was an act of pilot suicide.
Left unsaid, there's something every one of those airlines has in common: They're from countries that aren't Amish.

Of course, the better question is why the FBI kept this quiet for so long.

I wonder if you can file a lawsuit in Malaysia.... 

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At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PPRuNe Forums has utterly flushed a thread on this topic. I don't know what happened overnight, but IMHO, it's likely that the Malaysian gov't got very ... um ah ... "aggressive." Links to the NY Mag article and lots of professional conjecture were on that thread late yesterday.

The PPRuNe moderators are very aggressive (which is a plus), but IMHO, this particular circumstance tends to indicate that ultimate blame points to Capt. Shah, and indirectly to the Malaysian gov't.

At 12:16 AM, Blogger free` said...

If I were a frequent flier I would demand to know who was piloting the aircraft and decide whether or not to take that flight after finding out who the pilots are. That might seem biased but I would not let political correctness take my life. I know things like this don't happen very often, but you only have to have this happen once to you.


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