Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MAS shocked by allegations of MH370 co-pilot – Bernama

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has expressed shock over allegations being made about its first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid, who was the co-pilot of missing MAS Flight MH370.

The national airline said in a statement today that: "Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has become aware of the allegations being made against first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid, which we take very seriously. We are shocked by these allegations."

"We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident. As you are aware, we are in the midst of a crisis, and we do not want our attention to be diverted."

MAS also urged the media and general public to respect the privacy of the families of its colleagues and passengers, saying it was a difficult time for them.

"The welfare of both the crew and passengers; families remain our focus. At the same time, the security and safety of our passengers is of the utmost importance to us," it added.
The national carrier was responding to recent allegations posted by Australian television network Channel 9 News on its website yesterday.

In an article entitled "Woman remembers cockpit fun with missing pilot" on the network’s website, a young woman claimed she was entertained in the cockpit for an entire flight back in 2011 by the co-pilot who was on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing on Saturday.

This recent allegation adds to the host of claims made by several quarters while the search and rescue mission for the missing flight entered its fifth day today without a trace of the airliner despite a massive hunt mounted by aviation and maritime authorities of nine countries.

MAS Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing about an hour after taking off from the KL International Airport at 12.41am Saturday. – Bernama, March 12, 2014.
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