Police left after searching MAS captain's posh home in gated community

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police have searched the home of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight on Saturday.

Three policemen in an MPV showed up at a posh gated community at Section 13 at around 2:40pm and left at around 4:45pm.

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.

It is learnt that the investigations will include political and religions leanings, and the travel pattern of the captain and his co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid. The probe will also include their hobbies and behaviour with their friends.

The search came soon after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that the plane was suspected to have been deliberately diverted.

Investigators had confirmed that an aircraft tracked by military radar was the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, after its communications were likely switched off before it reached the east coast of Malaysia a week ago, Mr Najib said.

Captain Zaharie studied aviation at the Philippine Airlines Aviation School in Pasay City in 1980, before joining Malaysia Airlines a year later.

The Penangite became a captain in the early 1990s and has 18,360 hours of flying experience under his belt.

His colleagues described him as a jovial but professional "aviation geek" who collects remote controlled miniature aircrafts, light twin engine helicopters and amphibious aircrafts.

Outside of aviation, he runs a YouTube channel dedicated to DIY projects, where he teaches viewers how to fix home appliances like their air-conditioners.