A flight simulator belonging to the pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is en route to an FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia where authorities will attempt to retrieve deleted data files as part of the investigation into the March 8 disappearance of the jetliner, Fox News confirmed Thursday.

From FoxNews.com:

A source familiar with the ongoing investigation previously told Fox News that FBI agents are in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysian officials have asked them to assist in the data recovery efforts. Authorities also want to analyze the files in the context of other traffic on Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s computer.

It was not immediately clear when the simulator would arrive in the U.S.

Files containing records of simulations carried out on Shah’s machine were deleted Feb. 3, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu said. The Telegraph, citing Malaysian police, reported that Shah played the popular games Flight Simulator X, Flight Simulator 9 and X-Plane 10.

Bill Hemmer discussed this crucial piece of the probe with Jonathan Gilliam, a former federal air marshal and FBI special agent. He pointed out that when it comes to the forensic investigation of computers, Quantico is the best place in the world, and specializes in getting back data that has been deleted.

As time goes on, Gilliam believes Malaysia and surrounding nations will increasingly turn to the U.S. for assistance in the investigation.

He said the FBI will also be looking at the pilot's computer, not just the flight simulator software

"If somebody is bad and doing something nefarious, it's going to show on their computer these days. There's no way you can hide it," said Gilliam, adding that if there is key evidence to be found on Shah's computer, the FBI will get to it pretty quickly.

Watch the discussion above.

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