Malaysia confirms MH370 pilot plotted flight into ocean

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Malaysia: MH370 Pilot Simulated Indian Ocean Path

Malaysia's transport minister finally confirmed one of the key details of a bombshell report released last month that revealed the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 simulated a flight path into the Indian Ocean.

The revelation came this week after he and other officials had previously declined to confirm the New York Magazine report, and came with the caveat from Malaysia Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai that the route was only one of "thousands" found on the home simulator.

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The comment echoes that of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, JACC, which said the presence of the simulator data did not prove that pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had intentionally crashed the plane.

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FILE - In this March 31, 2014, photo, the shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion is seen on low level cloud while the aircraft searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, near the coast of Western Australia. Part of the mystery of what happened to a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished last year may be solved with air safety investigators confident that debris found in the Indian Ocean is a wing part unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the missing jet, a U.S. official said Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Air safety investigators — one of them a Boeing investigator —have identified the component that was found on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a 777 wing, the U.S. official said. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
FILE - In this March 13, 2014, photo, children run past dedication messages left for passengers and others involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370 on the walls of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Sepang, Malaysia. Part of the mystery of what happened to a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished last year may be solved with air safety investigators confident that debris found in the Indian Ocean is a wing part unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the missing jet, a U.S. official said Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Air safety investigators — one of them a Boeing investigator —have identified the component that was found on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a 777 wing, the U.S. official said. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 2014, photo, a relative of Chinese passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grieves after being told the latest news in Beijing, China. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
FILE - In this March 30, 2014, photo, newly arrived Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 hold a sign as they speak to reporters at a hotel in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
FILE - In this March 10, 2014, photo, Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation's Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman briefs reporters on search and recovery efforts within existing and new areas for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 during a press conference in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan, File)
FILE - In this March 31, 2014, photo, an observer looks out a window on a Royal New Zealand P3 Orion while searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth, Australia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
FILE - In this March 15, 2014, photo, eight-year-old Syira Nazia Hutabarat, center, shows her coloring work for the missing on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a class at an elementary school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara, File)
FILE - In this March 15, 2014, photo, paper planes with personalized messages dedicated to people involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, are placed at the viewing gallery of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
FILE - In this March 30, 2014, photo, a man and a girl place signs on strings during a ceremony for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
FILE - In this March 18, 2014, photo, a young Malaysian boy prays, at an event for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, at a shopping mall, in Petaling Jaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)
FILE - This Feb. 28, 2015, photo shows a suitcase belonging to Foong Wai Yueng, 40, a stewardess who was aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 when it disappeared in March 2014, at her home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yueng's husband, Lee Khim Fatt, asked a friend to return the bag to him from the hotel where the Malaysia Airlines crew would stay in Beijing. Fatt says "her belongings are meant to be home and not missing somewhere." Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)
FILE - In this April 4, 2015, photo, relatives of Chinese passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 light candles in a prayer room in Beijing, China. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
In this July 29, 2015, photo, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane known as a flaperon in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie)
FILE - In this July 30, 2015, photo, Dai Shuqin, 62 cries as she talks to reporters about her feelings after hearing about the recent discovery of plane debris that could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Beijing. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015, photo, family members of the missing on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, from left to right: Lee Khim Fatt, husband of Foong Wai Yueng, flight attendant; Choi Loong Chow, husband of Goh Sock Lay, chief stewardess; Jacquita Gomes, wife of Patrick Gomes, in flight supervisor; and Melanie Antonio, wife to Andrew Nari, chief steward; check their mobile devices in Gomes's house outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as they wait for further news. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015, photo, Jacquita Gomes holds a portrait of her husband, Patrick Gomes, 56, the in-flight supervisor on the ill fated flight Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in their home outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015, photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, pauses before speaking at a news conference announcing the findings for the ill fated flight Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Razak announced that a wing piece that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, French, U.S. and Australian authorities stopped short of full confirmation, frustrating relatives with mixed messages. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
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"The MH370 captain's flight simulator showed someone had plotted a course to the southern Indian Ocean," JACC said in late July.

"The simulator information shows only the possibility of planning. It does not reveal what happened on the night of the aircraft's disappearance, nor where the aircraft is located," the group said in an earlier statement.

The Boeing 777 plane and the 239 people on board disappeared more than two years ago while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

While several pieces of wreckage from the MH370 jet have washed up on beaches in Africa, they have yet to shed any significant light on what brought the plane down.

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