Michael McCaul: I Still Haven't Ruled Out Terrorism on Malaysian Jet

Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 01:59 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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There still is not enough evidence to show how a Malaysia Airlines jet went missing two weeks ago, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul says, but he does believe the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean and he hasn't ruled out terrorism as a cause.

"I think the Malaysian government spent way too much time concentrating on the northern routes," the Texas Republican told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, noting that satellite images were given to investigators. "We wasted a week of precious time."

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A third set of satellite images has surfaced showing a large object in the southern Indian Ocean, and McCaul said that it's a hopeful sign that the plane's remains will be found.

But meanwhile, he noted that the FBI has a hard drive that was in a flight simulator the plane's chief pilot had in his home, and some of the files have been deleted.

FBI agents can recover deleted files, said McCaul, but he downplayed whether even those files will solve the mystery.

"We all delete files," said McCaul. "The question is, what was deleted? There are many theories floating around there."

Meanwhile, he said, investigators have "never ruled out terrorism," as it is believed "something happened in the cockpit or with the passengers."

He does think that it is unlikely that the plane was flown somewhere and landed on a runway, and instead he's sure it's in the Indian Ocean. But whether it was an accidental fire or a "more deliberate, intentional act" remains to be seen.

Terrorism appears "less likely," McCaul said, as nobody has claimed responsibility, as would probably happen if Flight 370 was downed intentionally.

“There are many various opinions,” McCaul said. “But none of them, in my opinion, connect the dots.”

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