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The Malaysia Airlines 370 pilot mysteriously disappeared just hours after his political hero and distant relative was jailed. Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to five years in prison on March 8, 2014 for sodomy. Mr Shah reportedly attended the court case and had “frayed nerves” following the verdict, according to investigators.
The flight, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, disappeared from radar systems on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board.
Mr Shah’s home was searched following the disappearance and a homemade flight simulator was found.
An FBI examination has shown that he tried to simulate with a flight profile very similar to that of MH370.
While investigating the flight simulator, Dr Victor Iannello revealed that of all the flight simulations the pilot ran, the one closest to MH370 was not a continuous flight.
Mr Shah’s wife told investigators stopped talking to her before the crash.
According to Mail on Sunday, Faizah Khanum said: “I found him distant and difficult to understand.”
He was reportedly distracted and spent his time alone in the house.
His daughter Aishah added: “He wasn’t the father I knew. He seemed disturbed and lost in a world of his own.”
Aishah said her father was upset and felt ‘utter frustration’ over the jail sentence given to Anwar Ibrahim.
The evidence has lead Mr Ibrahim’s supporters to believe it was a politically motivated prosecution.
However, no motivation has ever been established surrounding the disappearance.
Mr Shah’s family believe he did not purposefully crash the plane.