Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and probe on pilots
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH318 to Beijing sits on the tarmac as passengers are reflected on the glass at the boarding gate at Kuala Lumpur International AirportReuters

Investigators who examined the simulator belonging to Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, are said to have found several runways near the Indian Ocean.

The home-made simulator of the pilot has been loaded with runways of at least five airports in and around the Indian Ocean, where the search for the vanished Boeing 777 is gaining momentum.

"The simulation programmes are based on runways at the Male International Airport in Maldives, an airport owned by the United States (Diego Garcia), and three other runways in India and Sri Lanka, all have runway lengths of 1,000 metres," an unidentified investigation source told local Malay daily Berita Harian.

At an earlier press conference on Monday, Malaysia's defence minister and acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein denied speculation that the plane could have landed in the US military base Diego Garcia.

Earlier, the New York-based non-profit radio station WNYC released a map, based on the jetliner's duration of flight as revealed by authorities. The map contained 634 potential runways in 26 different countries and suggested that, if the plane was hjiacked, the hijackers could have landed at any of them.

Malaysian authorities are also looking at a possible pilot suicide.

The search for the missing plane enters the 11th day as the aircraft, with 239 people on board, remains elusive without any clue as to its whereabouts.

FLIGHT MH370 FACTBOX

Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport en route to Beijing at 00:41 on Saturday 8 March (16:41 GMT Friday).

About 50 minutes later, the aircraft lost contact with air traffic control.

No distress call was made.

On board, there were 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 countries. That included 153 Chinese and 38 Malaysians.

Two Iranian male passengers, Pouria Nour Mohammad Mahread and Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, were travelling on fake passports. Neither had any apparent links to terrorist groups.

No debris from the plane has been found in the international search.

Last confirmed communication with Indian Ocean satellite occurred at 08:11am, meaning plane continued to fly for seven hours after radar signal was lost.

At least 25 countries, including China, the US and Singapore, have now joined in the search for the missing plane.