Files Deleted From Malaysia Pilot's Flight Simulator
Forensics team trying to recover data
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2014 5:31 AM CDT
Updated Mar 19, 2014 6:23 AM CDT
Visitors are silhouetted against a slideshow of best wishes for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet during an event at a shopping mall, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, March 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

(Newser) – Files had recently been deleted from the flight simulator found at the home of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 pilot, Malaysia's defense minister says. Investigators are attempting to retrieve the information, but the minister stressed that Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah has not been proven guilty, the AP reports. At a news conference today, the minister also said that background checks have been completed by overseas agencies for all foreign passengers except the three passengers from Russia and Ukraine, and none of those checks revealed anything suspicious. He also said reports of the plane being spotted in the Maldives are false, CNN reports.