Kuala Lumpur: Investigators were today examining a flight simulator found at the home of a pilot of the missing Malaysian plane with 239 people on board, as they refocused on “those in the cockpit” who knew how to avoid detection by radars.
The house of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of the missing flight MH370, was searched shortly after Prime Minister Najib Razak said the aircraft veered off course due to apparent deliberate action taken “by somebody on plane”.
“Officers spoke to family members of the pilot and experts are examining the pilot's flight simulator. On March 15, the police also searched the home of the co-pilot,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Transport said today.
53-year-old Capt Zaharie, a pilot with 18,365 flight hours under his belt, is reportedly also a flight instructor.
He has been in the news after the mysterious disappearance of the plane on March 8. The questions were raised in the media over the simulator found at his home.
Officials said police are verifying the personal, political, and religious backgrounds of pilots.