Most of the information on a flight simulator built by missing MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah has been deleted, but experts might be able to recover some of the erased data through a detailed forensic investigation.
According to a report on The Star, the simulator had been recovered from Zaharie's Shah Alam home by police and rebuilt at Bukit Aman to be studied by experts.
There were three games found on the simulator -- Flight Simulator X,Flight Simulator 9 and X Flight Simulator -- which was made with off-the-shelf computer hardware including an ASUS Direct CUII and Rampage IV Extreme motherboard and six flat-screen monitors.
Most of the information, including flight paths and landing sites have been erased from the Boeing 777 simulator.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said all game logs on the simulator were deleted on Feb 3 this year -- over a month before the Malaysia Airlines plane went missing.
"What we found from the simulators is the data log from the games was cleared on Feb 3 so the experts are looking at what was cleared.
"Our forensic experts, including those from cybersecurity, Malaysia Airlines and foreign experts are working to restore the erased data logs in the flight simulator," said Khalid.
Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein also addressed this issue, confirming the attempts to recover the deleted data by engaging experts in such simulators and IT, as well as Boeing 777 specialists to assist in the investigation.
"We are hearing all information relevant to the case along with all relevant international agencies that require it. Local and international expertise has been recruited to examine the pilot's flight simulator," said Hishamuddin
However, he cautioned that the pilots were "innocent until proven otherwise."
"All passengers, crew, and ground staff handling the aircraft are being investigated. I will say that the passengers, cabin crew and pilots remain innocent until proven otherwise," said Hishamuddin.
He also explained that police were not out to prosecute Captain Zaharie or apply pressure on any family member.
“All actions have been aimed at producing a complete investigation so that we can discover the reason or cause behind the missing plane,” he said adding that, police were not ruling out any possibility.