Zaharie Ahmad Shah, pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, conducted a simulated flight landing into the remote southern Indian Ocean — less than a month before the plane disappeared in a similar way during the final flight, according to reports on Friday.

MH370 Pilot Flew Suicide Route On Home Simulator Prior To Final Flight

Confidential documents from the Malaysian police investigation into the March 2014 disappearance of MH370 reportedly provides evidence that Zaharie may have been involved in a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide.

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The documents reveal that after the plane disappeared, Malaysia turned over to the FBI hard drives Zaharie used to record sessions on an advanced home-built flight simulator.

The FBI were able to recover six deleted data points stored by the Microsoft Flight Simulator X program in the weeks before MH370 disappeared — which analyzed the airplane’s altitude, speed and direction.

“Based on the Forensics Analysis conducted on the 5 HDDs obtained from the Flight Simulator from MH370 Pilot’s house, we found a flight path, that lead to the Southern Indian Ocean,” the document notes.

The connected points depict a flight that departs Kuala Lumpur, heads northwest over the Malacca Strait, then turns left and heads south over the Indian Ocean.

Search officials believe MH370 followed a similar route, based on signals the plane transmitted to a satellite after ceasing communications and turning off course. However, the simulated flight’s endpoint is 900 miles away from the remote southern ocean area officials infer the MH370 went down.

Ministers from Malaysia, China and Australia announced that once the current seabed search for MH370’s wreckage is completed, there will be no further efforts to find the plane.

“I must emphasize that this does not mean we are giving up on the search for MH370,” Malaysian Transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said.

An estimated 42,000 square miles have been covered in the search at a cost of more than $130 million, with another 4,000 square miles to go.

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