SEPANG - All game logs on the Boeing 777 simulator built by missing MH370 pilot Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah were deleted on Feb 3 this year - over a month before the Boeing 777 went missing, said Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Speaking at a press conference at the Sama-Sama Hotel here yesterday, Khalid said: "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.
The simulator had been recovered from Zaharie's Shah Alam home by police and rebuilt at Bukit Aman to be studied by experts.
It had been made with off-the-shelf computer hardware including an ASUS Direct CUII and Rampage IV Extreme motherboard and six flat-screen monitors.
Khalid said there were three games found on Zaharie's simulator, Flight Simulator X, Flight Simulator 9 and X Flight Simulator.
Speaking at the same press conference, Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein also addressed this issue, confirming the attempts to recover the deleted data.
"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.
MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in the early hours of March 8 heading for Beijing. It has since disappeared with its 239 passengers and crew.
MH370 pilots come under scrutiny
Ahmad Seth Zaharie (center) said: "I've read everything online. But I've ignored all the speculation. I know my father better."
Miss Aishah Zaharie, pictured with her father,Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah
Screenshot from a video posted on YouTube website by the family of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of MH370, which went missing on March 8 2014.
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a pilot with Malaysian Airlines (MAS), with his wife Faizah Khan and two of their three children.
The front page of a UK newspaper report that said Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who piloted MH370, was affected by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial.
Family and friends say there is nothing in their personalities or past to suggest they would have committed foul play.
"I've never seen him lose his temper. It's difficult to believe any of the speculation made against him," said Chong, a friend of Zaharie, describing him as highly disciplined and conscientious.
International media scrutiny and investigations by the Malaysian police have failed to turn up red flags on either the captain, 53-year-old Zaharie, or the co-pilot, 27-year old Fariq Abdul Hamid.
Captain Shah joined the carrier in 1981 and has 18,365 hours of flight experience.
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and his First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27
CCTV footage, supposedly of the pilot and co-pilot going through security checks at the KL International Airport (KLIA) prior to boarding the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight, has found its way onto the Internet.
British tabloid Daily Mail uploaded a CCTV recording of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and first officer Fariq Abdul Hamid on their website
which showed the two being frisked as they passed a security checkpoint at the boarding gate in KLIA before the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.
This, coupled with the fact the plane's communication equipment was disabled before the exchange took place "suggested an attempt to mislead ground control", and added to "suspicions that someone who knew the controls was involved in the disappearance".
Captain Shah's colleagues described him as a jovial but professional "aviation geek" who collects remote controlled miniature aircrafts, light twin engine helicopters and amphibious aircrafts.
It was unclear if they took away a flight simulator from his house. The media was barred from entering the housing area by security guards.
Police searched the home of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight last Saturday.
The search of the pilot's home began when Malaysia acknowledged that the Beijing-bound plane had been diverted deliberately by a person or persons with expert aviation knowledge.
Journalists and photographers from China's Jiangsu TV, filming at the entrance of the compound at the home of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah at Leman Seri in Shah Alam
Three policemen in an MPV showed up at a posh gated community at Section 13 around 2.40pm and left around 4.45pm.
The search came soon after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that the plane was suspected to have been deliberately diverted.
Security guards stand in front of the main gate house of the area where captain Zahari Ahmad Shah lives, the pilot captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane
A journalist films the home of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid in Shah Alam, near Kuala Lumpur
First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, who along with a fellow pilot violated airline rules in 2011 by allowing two young South African women into their cockpit during a flight, one of the women told Sydney-based Nine Network.
The report included photos of the women in the cockpit, with one appearing to show them posing with a man resembling Fariq.
Passengers have been prohibited from entering the cockpit during a flight after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
The encounter took place during the one-hour flight from the Thai beach resort of Phuket to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, the report said.
"Malaysia Airlines has become aware of the allegations being made against First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid which we take very seriously. We are shocked by these allegations," a statement by the airline said.
"We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident. As you are aware, we are in the midst of a crisis, and we do not want our attention to be diverted," the airline said.
Love and support for MAS crew fills social media
Social media has been filled with outpourings of love and support for Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who piloted the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight that went missing.
A tribute article, titled "Tribute: Who exactly is Malaysia Airlines Captain Zaharie Shah of MH370" has been widely shared.
A peer described Zaharie as a "superb pilot" with vast experience on many types of aircraft, including the B777.
Another tribute was created for crew members of the flight. Fariq bin Ab Hamid, Co-Pilot of the flight was described as a good son.
Junaidi Kassim, flight steward, is a huge fan of photography, cars and cats.
Mohd Hazrin Mohamed Hasnan, flight steward.
Goh Sock Lay, chief steward, is an alumnus of Sacred Heart Convent Malacca class of 1986.
Andrew Nari, chief steward, is a dog-lover and fan of classic rock bands like Pink Floyd and Dire Straits.
His daughter Maira Elizabeth Nari has been using her Twitter handle @Gorgxous_ to express her grief and concern over her missing father.
"God.... The only thing I want is my father..... Nothing, but my father. I want my father back," she tweeted on Saturday.
Maira on Sunday tweeted: "Daddy. You're all over the news and papers. Come home fast, so you could read them! Don't you feel excited?"
"Daddy. It's almost 48 hours. Don't forget to eat your dinner. You must be starving."
"Normally at this hour, before my dad goes to bed, he would tell me this, 'Don't sleep so late okay', hahaha. Goodnight, daddy," Maira tweeted at around 2am on Monday.
Maira's heartbreaking tweets caused a huge outpour of support and encouragement, with friends and strangers assuring her to stay strong.
Maira thanked everybody for their support, including Tun Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah.
"When Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah hugged me, she said, 'Stay strong, keep on praying. Remember the happy moments in life'. She's beautiful," she said.
Numerous illustrations offering prayers and support for the missing plane have also appeared on Twitter