Reports that one of the missing Malaysia Airline flight pilots had a flight simulator for the Boeing 777 installed in his home have raised concerns in the foreign media. Reports that law enforcement raided the home of Captain Zaharie, one of the missing Malaysia Airline pilots, and confiscated that flight simulator are rumored online today, according to The Star News on March 14.
Those reports are coming from foreign media today. The pilot made no attempt to hide the fact that he built a flight simulator in his home, he even posted a YouTube video of the flight simulator in which he appears explaining the technology.
Further checking by media outlets after watching that video found that the FSX and FS9 flight simulators are basically sold over the counter as a video simulator game. It is not as if Zaharie had the same type of simulator used in the military, it was a video game.
He did have it set up with eight screens to resemble a cockpit as much as anyone could with a video game and computer screens. He was also a certified flight simulator instructor, so he taught other pilots the art of flying the Boeing 777.
Some of the aviation experts have suggested that turning off the two transponders and flying the plane under the radar would take some doing and it had to have been done by someone who had expertise at handling a Boeing 777.
Authorities report that the pilot’s house was not raided and that the flight simulator in his home is probably also found in other pilot’s homes. It is a very popular video simulator and it doesn’t make this pilot a person of suspicion for owning one.
Zaharie is described by his friends and co-workers as somewhat of an aviation geek, which would explain him having the simulator in his home. With not many clues as to the resting place of Flight 370, officials are looking into the evidence they do have.
It is known today that the missing flight flew another four hours after it fell off the radar. The plane sent electronic pings, which were tracked by a satellite for those four hours. This indicated the plane flew much farther than originally thought.
Adam Kinzinger (R) Illinois Congressman and who is also a National Guard pilot, says that the data suggests the plane was deliberately flown off course. This missing plane incident no longer looks like a catastrophic accident because the two transponders were shut off in the cockpit at two different times. Kinzinger spoke with Gretchen Carlson on Fox News live on Friday afternoon.
If the plane’s demise was due to an explosion in midair, the transponders would have stopped at the same time. With all the ocean searched in this last week, a debris field from an exploded aircraft would have been discovered by now in this area of the world that has heavy marine traffic.
Much talk about the possibility of the missing Malaysia Airline plane landing in a secret location with the possibility of the plane being used in a terrorist attack in the future. If the plane was landed in one piece, does this mean there is a chance that the passengers are still alive?
Read more on the theory of the plane landing after being hijacked by terrorists here: Malaysia Airlines flight pinged satellite for 4 hours after radar lost