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New details behind the missing Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 have given officials a leg up in the mystery.

According to the Huffington Post, law enforcement discovered that files were deleted off a flight simulator that belonged to pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah. The pilot’s political connections were also questioned this week, when it was discovered that he was affiliated with a Malaysian opposition leader.

Malaysia’s police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, said an examination of the flight simulator showed its data log had been cleared on Feb. 3. “The experts are looking at what are the logs that have been cleared,” he told the news conference.

U.S. government sources said intelligence agencies had extensively analysed people on the flight but came up with no connections to terrorism or possible criminal motives.

Further investigations have also caused officials to believe the plane with 239 people on board may have flown into the Indian Ocean. The theory stems from the lack of evidence from northern countries and the fact that there hasn’t been any wreckage found in those areas. Australia is currently leading the search in the southern corridor.

“The working assumption is that it went south, and furthermore that it went to the southern end of that corridor,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Furthermore, officials are claiming that someone with knowledge of the Boeing 777 turned off two communicator datalinks, including the ACARS system and the transponders that allow the plane to be located for dispatchers.

The methodical shutdown of the communications systems, together with the fact that the plane appeared to be following a planned course after turning back, have been interpreted as suggesting strongly that foul play, rather than some kind of technical failure, was behind the disappearance.

We’ll keep you posted on any new details as they become available.

SOURCE: Huff Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty