RMP Forensic Investigation/Interpretation
The discovery of data points in the Southern Indian Ocean in data recovered from Captain Shah's personal flight simulator was officially confirmed for the first time when the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released the report The Operational Search for MH370 on 3 October 2017. The ATSB interpreted the simulator session as though such a flight had been planned only weeks before flight MH370 was diverted.
A second, more conservative, interpretation has since been provided by The Malaysian ICAO Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370, in the Safety Investigation Report MH370/01/2018 dated 2 July 2018.
Extracts from both Reports are provided below.
1. The Operational Search for MH370
Source: The operational Search for MH370 ATSB – AE-2014-054 section titled Other search area considerations published by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, 3 October 2017
Note: The MH370 PIC Microsoft flight simulator data analysis was obtained by the Australian Federal Police and provided to AMSA/ATSB (19 April 2014).
2. Safety Investigation Report MH370/01/2018
Source: Safety Investigation Report MH370/01/2018 Section 1.5.3 Pilot-in-Command