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MH370: Malaysian minister refutes report Zaharie is prime suspect

Published on Jun 23, 2014 12:36 PM
 
Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has denied a report that Captain Zaharie Shah was the prime suspect behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KLUANG - Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has denied a report by Britain's Telegraph newspaper that Captain Zaharie Shah was the prime suspect behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370.

The Telegraph report said that Captain Zaharie, who had piloted the plane which disappeared in March with 239 people on board, had plotted a flight path to a remote island far into the southern Indian Ocean where the search is now focused.

The daily quoted unnamed sources close to the investigators as saying that the route, which was deleted before MH370 disappeared on March 8, was made on the pilot's home flight simulator machine.

The discovery has intensified suspicion that he deliberately hijacked his own plane and diverted it from its approved flight path to Beijing, The Telegraph said.

 
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