Monday, 17 March 2014

Pilot's Family: 'Please Come Home, We Miss You'

The family of the missing Malaysia Airlines pilot have posted an online tribute asking him to come home.

Family snaps of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah are set to music on the YouTube video, with comments about the pilot they call "Ari".

"Please come home, we miss you," a message on the video said.

Family photos of Malaysia Airlines pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah A family photo of Captain Zaharie posted in the YouTube video

The 53-year-old, who was at the controls of the passenger jet that vanished on March 8, is also described as "loving, reflective, generous, cool, sporting, intelligent, supportive, the list goes on and on..."

Mr Zaharie and his first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid, have come under increased scrutiny since investigators revealed MH370's tracking devices were deliberately switched off during the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Missing Flight MH370

But little has emerged to implicate either man.

Peter Chong, a friend of Mr Zaharie's, has told Sky News he cannot believe the pilot had anything to do with the aircraft's disappearance.

"He is a very caring person who enjoys life and enjoys flying. He is a very professional pilot," Mr Chong said.

Media has focused of Mr Zaharie's membership of an opposition party headed by veteran politician Anwar Ibrahim, who was convicted of sodomy - a crime in Malaysia - hours before MH370 took off.

But those who knew Mr Zaharie rejected the reports that he was deeply upset by the Anwar case.

Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah's home A flight simulator has been removed from Mr Zaharie's home

"The claim that he is a (political) fanatic doesn't deserve a response," said Mr Chong, who met the pilot at a local political meeting.

Sivarasa Rasiah, an opposition member of parliament for the Kuala Lumpur suburb where Mr Zaharie lives, remembers the pilot's volunteer work on his campaign.

"He was one of hundreds, if not a thousand, who volunteered to campaign in the May (2013) elections and he did not know Anwar personally," said Mr Sivarasa.

At a news conference on Monday morning, officials said investigators have not found any suicide notes in their searches of the two men's homes.

They also said the last person who spoke to air-traffic control before the plane disappeared is believed to have been Mr Hamid.

Fariq Abdul Hamid seen walking through airport security Mr Hamid is patted down by a member of security staff. Pic: YouTube

Leaked CCTV footage has also emerged appearing to show the two men calmly passing through security shortly before boarding the aircraft.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, shows them walking through a body scanner and being briefly frisked by security staff before collecting their luggage from the conveyor belt of an X-ray machine.

With much of the focus on the two men, it was revealed at the weekend that they had not requested to fly together and that a flight simulator found at Mr Zaharie's house was under investigation.

Fariq Abdul Hamid & Zaharie Ahmad Shah Mr Hamid (L) and Mr Zaharie's backgrounds are being investigated

Mr Hamid, 27, only recently graduated to the cockpit of the Boeing 777, while Mr Zaharie had more than 18,000 hours of flying experience.

Those who knew the younger pilot have described the son of a top state civil servant as mild-mannered.

He is said to have a bright piloting future and is engaged to an Air Asia pilot who he met in flight school nine years ago.

Mr Hamid had his reputation called into question last week by a woman who accused him of letting her join him in the cockpit for a flight in 2011, in breach of security rules.

Malaysia Airlines said it was "shocked" by the reported violation, but could not verify the claims.

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