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WASHINGTON — The flight simulator and hard drives that the pilots of Flight 370 had at their homes appear to be a dead end, yielding few clues that shed any light on whether they deliberately diverted the missing jet, according to two people briefed on the investigation.
The Malaysian authorities seized the devices early in their investigation and, after initially keeping U.S. officials at a distance, turned to the FBI last week for help in analyzing them. The Malaysians were particularly interested in learning what it was that the captain of the flight apparently deleted from the simulator in the days before the plane disappeared; the FBI has extensive expertise in recovering deleted computer files.