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Missing Malaysian plane: Pilot's flight simulator, clues from runways installed?

The flight simulator taken out of the missing Malaysian flight’s pilot’s home was found to have different runways around the Indian Ocean programmed into the simulator. Investigators are working under the theory that someone programmed the autopilot to veer off course. This was discovered after combing through the data sent back by the ill-fated flight before all communication was shut down, according to Times of India on March 18.

Malaysian Airlines pilot flight simulator: Various runways programmed from around the Indian Ocean discovered.
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A senior police officer said the flight simulator programs had included simulations of runways around the Indian Ocean. They include runways in Maldives, Sri Lanka, Diego Garcia and southern India. He added that along with these runways, U.S. and European runways were also programmed into the simulator.

While flight simulators show hundreds and sometimes even thousands of runways, what the investigators are looking for are the runways most frequently practiced by the pilot who was captain of flight 370. He built the simulator and used it in his home.

This unprecedented search for a missing plane is in an area that covers 2.24 million nautical miles. The area goes from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean. 25 countries are involved in this search as authorities and aviation specialists try to piece together all the data they've received.

This includes data from the flight transponders, before they went down and the satellite, which picked up blips from the plane for up to seven hours after the plane fell off radar.

The radar recording is also something the experts are looking at. Authorities are listening to the radio contacts that pilots had with the ground towers before losing contact. They are especially interested in the last radio contact where the co-pilot says good-night.

Experts are listening for background sounds trying to figure out if there was anyone in the cockpit with the crew at that time. They have too many theories ranging from a fire taking out the electronics to the plane shadowing another plane going in the same direction so they wouldn’t appear on the radar screen. There are too many questioned and absolutely no answers today as flight 370 rounds day 11.

Each day a new theory pops up and some of them are absolutely preposterous, while others, although possibilities come along with absolutely no evidence to support them.

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