PUTRAJAYA: Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s plotted flight path into the Indian Ocean is just one of “thousands” of routes on his home simulator, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The Transport Minister said the simulation, however, does not confirm that the pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 deliberately crashed the aircraft into the sea.
“Until today, this theory is still under investigation. There is still no evidence to confirm that Captain Zaharie deliberately flew the plane into the Indian Ocean.
“Yes, he had simulated the flight path, but it is one of thousands of simulations to many parts of the world.
“We cannot, just based on this, confirm he did it,” said Liow, at a press conference after his ministry’s monthly assembly here Thursday.
Liow added that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) stance was that the crash was an “uncontrolled ditching”.
“The ATSB has already come up with a theory that it was an uncontrolled ditching. And this is based on views and opinions of experts. The ATSB is the leader of the team of international experts that came up with the 120,000 sq km search area.
“Their theory should negate the controlled ditching theory that has been widely reported recently,” said Liow.
Liow urged people not to make speculations that could hamper investigations.
“It is not wise to speculate or make unfounded theories that do not help the investigation.
“If you have evidence, please hand it over to the investigation team,” he said.
Recently, foreign press reports suggested that Capt Zaharie had piloted the Boeing 777 in its final moments, contradicting the common official stance that the jet was uncontrolled when it crashed.