KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s defense minister said Wednesday that files were recently deleted from a home flight simulator belonging to the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane, while a massive multinational search unfolded for the jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean.
Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference Wednesday that investigators are trying to retrieve the files. He also said that the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, is innocent until proven guilty of any wrongdoing, and that members of his family are cooperating in the investigation. Files containing records of simulations carried out on the program were deleted Feb. 3, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu said.
Relatives of passengers on missing plane bundled away from press amid chaotic scenes
Desperate relatives of people on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane today tried to stage a protest at the hotel where a daily press conference was taking place.
However, they were bundled into another room by police amid chaotic scenes in which they were dragged away from the media after they unfurled a banner.
The banner is believed to have said: “We demand the Malaysian government reveal the truth.”
One woman said: “We don’t know when we’ll be waiting until. It’s been 12 days. Where’s my son? Why aren’t you giving us answers?”
Malaysia Airlines Flight Spotted In Maldives?
Airport authorities in the Maldives – an island nation in the Indian Ocean – said Wednesday they had “no credible information” to back up claims by several villagers that they saw a low-flying jet on the morning Flight 370 went missing.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people aboard disappeared March 8 on a night flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysian authorities have not ruled out any possible explanations, but have said the evidence so far suggests the flight was deliberately turned back across Malaysia to the Strait of Malacca. They are unsure what happened next.