Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Grows as Pilots Face Increased Scrutiny
That includes a flight simulator from the captain home.
It also includes interviewing the engineers who were in contact with MH370 before it took off, according to a statement from acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein to BERNAMA, Malaysia official news agency. The transport minister characterized the interviews as procedure. (Credit: HERE Maps)
are still working on it.
With news that the Boeing 777 200ER might have flown for six and a half hours after its transponder stopped sending signals March 8, officials said the expanding search area extends over 11 countries, stretching as far north as Kazakhstan, a Abercrombie large nation in Central Asia far from any ocean.
is a significant recalibration of the search, Malaysia acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Sunday.
There are still more questions than answers about the missing flight. Figuring out the motive of whoever apparently steered the plane off course is key, analysts told CNN Sunday.
think they had an end game in mind from the very beginning, CNN aviation analyst Jim Tilmon said, they have executed a lot of things that have led us down a road. Are we going to the right place? I not sure. plane disappeared on March 8, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Airline CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said Sunday the missing passenger jet took off with its normal amount of fuel needed for the roughly six hour flight and did not have extra fuel on board that could hav Abercrombie e extended its range.
One of the nations involved in the search, Pakistan, said Sunday that the plane never showed up on its civilian radars and would have been treated as a threat if it had.
The Times of India reported that India military also said there was no way the plane could have flown over India without being picked up on radar.
A study of the flight cargo manifest showed there were no dangerous materials on board that concerned investigators, he told reporters.
Investigators are still looking into the backgrounds of the passengers to see whether any of them were trained pilots.
are still a few countries who have yet to respond to our request for a background check, said Khalid Abu Bakar, inspector general of the Royal Malaysian Police Force. there are a few foreign intelligence agencies who have cleared all the(ir) passengers. official with direct knowledge of the latest thinking told CNN.
The official emphasized no final conclusions have been drawn and all the internal intelligence discussions are based on preliminary assessments of what is known to date.
Other scenarios could still emerge. The notion of a hijacking has not been ruled out, the official said Saturday.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters on Saturday that the plane veered off course due to apparent deliberate action taken by somebody on board. official with knowledge of the latest intelligence thinking.
is the perfect place to start to disappear, the official said.
Adding to the intrigue, ABC News reported that the dramati Abercrombie c left turn was preprogrammed into the plane navigation computer. It a task that would have required extensive piloting experience.
Two senior law enforcement officials also told ABC that new information revealed the plane performed evasion maneuvers after it disappeared from radar. CNN was unable to confirm these reports.
Military radar showed the jetliner flew in a westerly direction back over the Malaysian Peninsula, Najib said. It is then believed to have either turned northwest toward the Bay of Bengal or southwest elsewhere in the Indian Ocean, he said.
is consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the p Abercrombie lane, the Prime Minister said, officially confirming the plane disappearance was not caused by an accident. media reports that the plane was hijacked, we are investigating all major possibilities on what caused MH370 to deviate.
is even more of the essence. If this airplane has been taken to be used as a weapon, then the time that has been taken to prepare the aircraft for whatever deed is the plan, obviously to thwart that, it all about time, said Shawn Pruchnicki, who teaches aviation safety and accident investigation at The Ohio State University.
Tilmon said whoever deliberately steered the plane off course likely did it with help. But what next is anyone guess, he said.
have been behind them all along, so now, if they had a plan, and if that plan included being able to set down someplace and refuel a little bit, we are looking at something that we may never see the end of, he said.
On Saturday, Malaysian police searched the home of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53. Zaharie lives in an upscale, gated community in Shah Alam, outside Malaysia capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The Ministry of Transport said Sunday that police were examining a flight simulator found at the pilot house.
It somewhat common among aviation enthusiasts to use online flight simulator programs to replicate various situations. Simulators allow users to virtually experience scenarios in various aircraft. Programs can simulate flight routes, landings and takeoffs from actual airports.