Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean bases on pilot’s simulator: Berita Harian

Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean bases on pilot’s simulator: Berita Harian

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Graphic: Berita Harian

The investigating team have found five runways of at least 1000m in length on a simulator taken away from the home of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, local newspaper Berita Harian has reported.

Graphic: Berita Harian
Graphic: Berita Harian

The five runways are Diego Garcia, Male (Maldives), Sri Lanka and two in India, said the Malay-language news portal, citing sources.

Of course this may not mean anything beyond mere curiousity about more exotic runways.

Speculation and conspiracy theories had earlier swirled that the plane may have approached the secretive major US base at Diego Garcia, which lies 2100 miles west of the peninsula and close to the location of the overhead satellite that last pinged the flight.  As the theories persisted, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein denied a couple of days ago that the plane had landed there.

Diego Garcia was occupied by the British after it evicted native islanders into destitution in the 1970s. The British then allowed US forces to use the territory, turning it into one of the most strategically important and secretive bases outside the United States (Princeton University Press). The facility was used as a key staging post for US bombing raids against Iraq and Afghanistan and for two secret CIA “extraordinary rendition” flights carrying terrorist suspects in 2002 (The Independent).

This is the Berita Harian report:

5 LANDASAN DALAM SIMULATOR DISIASAT
2014/03/18 – 05:42:07 AM

Lapangan terbang di Maldives, Diego Garcia, tiga di India dan Sri Lanka ditemui

Kuala Lumpur: Pasukan penyiasat menemui perisian lima landasan sekitar Lautan Hindi dalam program simulator Kapten Zaharie Ahmad Shah yang diambil dari rumahnya, di Shah Alam pada Sabtu lalu.

Menurut sumber, walaupun terlalu awal untuk membuat rumusan, penyiasatan mengambil kira penemuan itu sebagai satu daripada elemen siasatan berhubung kehilangan pesawat MH370 yang dipandu oleh Zaharie.

“Antara perisian landasan yang diperiksa setakat ini ialah Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Male di Maldives, sebuah lapangan terbang milik Amerika Syarikat (Diego Garcia) serta tiga lagi landasan di India dan Sri Lanka, yang semuanya mempunyai jarak landasan 1,000 meter.”

It must be noted that Berita Harian is closely linked to the ruling establishment in Malaysia and thus usually adopts a pro-establishment slant.

Were there other runways on the simulator apart from these five around the Indian Ocean?

It is not clear whether radar on Diego Garcia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka spotted the plane. What is the range of the radar at Diego Garcia, which surely must have powerful surveillance equipment? And has it made available its radar and other logs to the search-and-rescue teams? (I heard one journalist asking a question along these lines at the 5.30pm press briefing over television yesterday. But I couldn’t hear Hishammuddin’s response as CNN came up with a voice-over.)

At this point, we need to question everything and accept nothing at face value.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Astro Awani supposed to be the official channel in Msia for MH370 updates. However, there is not much the last few days with many many recycled news although some presenters tried their best.

    Air turn back yet our military aircraft not able to respond REAL TIME due to lack of equipment with money being spent elsewhere ???

    We need to upgrade our Radar System. Tourism Malaysia’s Vist Msia 2014 budget can now be saved for sophisticated Radar System. We don’t need to advertise Msia to the world now as most people on earth get to know Malaysia now. Malaysia brand being further enhanced as latest episode of The Amazing Race 24 (all stars) this week race held in Kota Kinabalu, KL (near Petronas Twin Tower) & Batu Caves. Also by Sunday Kajang by-election can be the focus of the world as well.

     
  2. MbWhy should we trust reporting from BN media like BH? If BN is hiding truth, it will use its media to divert attention. Same with Astro Awani.

    BN is not telling us what has actually happened before the air turn back. RMAF is not dumb but is dumb to serve its master.

     
  3. frankly I can’t find the suitable words to describe the height of The Malaysian government paranoia ending up looking more and more a frigging stupid and moronic lot!
    There is a Malay saying `Siape nak ngaku b… tengah jalan!’
    (Certain parties will do their) utmost to hide … evil deal and hands, BUT Kapt Z will all his clues and plans for the whold world to find – now that they have his simulator!
    who do you think is the mad … and as forest Gump said,`Stupid is, as stupid does?’
    Who is exactly thinking and feeding the waiting relatives and the Governments of all the missing Nationals – this atrocious and abominable ROT …?
    A criminal hijacker to for that will leave a trail for the authorities to follow through?
    What if this being Day 10 all 239 have become are fish-food? And they are wasting time on `teka-teki; BUT actually having nothing , zeroing out north south west and east!
    Call the shaman – at least he is a …. and we expect him to be a …

     

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