The pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had plotted a flight path into the Indian Ocean, but it is only one of thousands of routes that were on his home simulator, a top Malaysian official said.
There is no evidence that the pilot deliberately crashed the plane, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters Thursday.
The remarks, however, marked the first confirmation by Malaysia that the pilot’s flight simulator included a course over the southern Indian Ocean, where Flight 370 is believed to have flown after taking inexplicable turns, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Malaysian officials have previously declined to confirm a report published last month in New York magazine that said pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah conducted a simulated flight over the southern Indian Ocean shortly before the plane vanished on March 8, 2014.
“It is still under police investigation. There is still no evidence to confirm that Captain Zaharie flew to the Indian Ocean,” minister Liow said Thursday.
“Yes, there is a simulation… that shows [flights] to many parts of the world, but it is one of many”, and one cannot reach a conclusion that he flew MH370 to the Indian Ocean, he said.
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