FBI missing plane analyses have begun after Malaysian authorities requested greater involvement in the investigation of the disappearance of Flight 370 on March 8. The FBI is reviewing the flight simulator data found in the pilot's house, Captain Ahmad Shah Zaharie, The Associated Press reported today.
Malaysian authorities said that some data had been deleted from the flight simulator the pilot had installed in his own house, and they recently asked the FBI to help retrieve this information, after registering the residence of the commander just outside Kuala Lumpur last week.
Officials believe the FBI missing plane analyses of this data may give some clue to the whereabouts of the plane, a Boeing 777, carrying 239 people on board.
The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged today that both governments are "in ongoing discussions about how we can help."
Regarding the FBI missing plane investigation, Holder told news sources..."At this point, I don't think we have any theories."
According to FBI sources, who requested anonymity because it is an open investigation, the simulator could be sent to an FBI laboratory in Quantico (Virginia) to be discussed in depth along with the hard drive.
So far, the Malaysian authorities had accepted the help of foreign governments in search of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
However, Malaysia has not yet responded to offers of assistance from the Oceanographic Institute of the U.S., whose experience in submarine crawls helped locate the wreckage of Air France flight 447 that crashed in the Atlantic in 2009.
This reluctance and continued uncertainty twelve days after the last contact with the flight have raised criticism from several countries, especially China, as more than half of the passengers were of that nationality.
Many families of the victims believe officials are hiding the truth and this sentiment was shown during a recent briefing near Kuala Lumpur's airport when two Chinese women screamed at Malaysian authorities...."I want you to help me to find my son! I want to see my son!" one of the two unidentified women said. "We have been here for 10 days."
The MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 00.41am local time on Saturday March 8 (16.41 GMT on Friday 7) and was scheduled to land in Beijing about six hours later, but disappeared from radar 40 minutes after takeoff on the Gulf of Thailand.
It is known that the plane changed course and arrived at the Strait of Malacca, but from there everything is conjecture.
Twenty-six nations are involved in the search of two corridors, one extending from Indonesia to southern Indian Ocean and another that extends from northern Thailand to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Although the FBI missing plane investigation is now in full swing, Malaysia retains the role of coordinating country, but has assistance from other nations in the search operations which span 2.2 million square nautical miles or 5.6 million square kilometers.