WASHINGTON: Malaysia has asked the FBI to help recover data deleted from a flight simulator in the home of the pilot of a missing Malaysian jet, a US official said Wednesday.
The official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, confirmed the request related to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probe — first reported by the New York Times — without
offering further comment.
Malaysian police removed the flight simulator from Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s home on Saturday.
The Times quoted a senior US law enforcement official as saying that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Kuala Lumpur would likely make copies of the simulator’s hard drive and send the contents back to analysts in the United States who specialize in retrieval of deleted computer data.
“Right now, it’s the best chance we have of finding something,” that official told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.
FBI investigators are aiding a team probing the disappearance of MH370, which vanished in the early hours of March 8 with 239 passengers and crew on board.
Personnel from the US National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are also helping to track down the Boeing 777.