Spitting after one fell

It is really distasteful to spit at someone especially when one just had a bad fall. International media has been seen to be going frenzy about the yet to be confirmed story about First Officer of the ill-fated MH370 flight Fariq Abdul Hamid over two years ago invited some passengers in to the flight deck and had a smoke.

12 March 2014| last updated at 08:52AM

MISSING MH370: MAS ‘shocked’ by report on co-pilot

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday it was “shocked” by allegations aired in an Australian news programme of a past cockpit security breach involving the co-pilot on its missing passenger jet.

Malaysia Airlines MH370 vanished early Saturday on an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard. No trace of the plane or evidence of its fate has been found.

Among those aboard were First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, who along with a fellow pilot violated airline rules in 2011 by allowing two young South African women into their cockpit during a flight, one of the women told Sydney-based Nine Network.

The report included photos of the women in the cockpit, with one appearing to show them posing with a man resembling Fariq. Passengers have been prohibited from entering the cockpit during a flight after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

The encounter took place during the one-hour flight from the Thai beach resort of Phuket to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, the report said.

“Malaysia Airlines 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,” a statement by the airline said.

“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,” the airline said.

Malaysia Airlines has come under intense pressure from enraged relatives of the 227 missing passengers, who are demanding answers to the plane’s perplexing  disappearance.

The plane also had 12 crew.

Despite a search by several nations over a wide swathe of sea in Southeast Asia using dozens of aircraft and ships, the airline and Malaysian authorities say they still have no idea what happened to the plane.

“We also urge the media and general public to respect the privacy of the families of our colleagues and passengers. It has been a difficult time for them,” the airline said.

“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.”

The lack of information on the plane’s fate has sparked intense speculation, with theories including a possible terror attack, mid-air  explosion, structural failure, or crash into the sea.

There has been no evidence backing any of the theories.

Malaysia Airlines has said Fariq joined the airline in 2007.–AFP

Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, the first officer, joined the airlines in 2007 and had a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. NSTP Photo

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The visit into the cockpit, which is a very restrictive part in any flight, still yet to be confirmed whether or not it was done during flight.

A travelblog's photo, being in the cockpit during flight

A travelblog’s photo, being in the cockpit during flight

Never the less, visits to the cockpit isn’t entirely out of bound and totally adhered to, at international level. The Independent of Ireland published this story a week before last Christmas. A Canadian blog also wrote a similar story. Another blog also carried the same experience.

Pilot smoking in the cockpit isn’t something strange too.

In their zest of selling their newspapers, international media shouldn’t be trampling on the misery and anxiety of so many people which include the family and loved ones of the 239 souls onboard MH370.

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  1. What I know is, with one of leading European airlines, it is possible to stay in the cockpit if the Captain invites you or is okay with it. You will have to use the jump seat behind the captain and his co-pilot.

    I won’t tell you which airline ‘cos I don’t know if they have changed this privilege. I will have to verify this …

  2. One set of rules for them and another for us.

    From the PCs I’ve watched, journalists are out to fault somebody, anybody Malaysian, but not to get at the real story. They must have been having sleepless nights thinking of ways to add to the “confusion” they themselves have created.

    Out of all this, Hishamuddin has done very well.

    • They sound more like the rogue Malaysiakini, Malaysia Chronicle kind of so-called journalists. Wonder if they were allowed to enter the PC hall.

  3. I have deconstructed the NineMSN video and have found many inconsistencies in it, so people shouldn’t believe all that they see or hear on the Internet, including in sensationalist gutter media such as NineMSN and whatever sensational rubbish people forward to them.

    Let’s start with original video about that alleged visit by two ladies into an MAS plane cockpit enroute from Phuket to KLIA.

    http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8812646/woman-raises-questions-about-cockpit-behaviour

    And also on You Tube

    At 1.27 minutes into the NineMSN video you see the pilot, first-officer and the two girls all standing in a row of four, supposedly in the cockpit. Who is the fifth person who took the picture of them?

    At 1.51 minutes, the scene is of the man in the MAS flight crew uniform posing with a woman in the MOUTH OF THE AEROBRIDGE with the plane’s door in the background and NOT in the cockpit.

    Does the scene behind the girl from 2.50 to 3.01 minutes look like Phuket airport, with the three Malaysia Airlines planes parked and the one taxiing of the tarmac?

    There would most likely be two MAS planes at Phuket airport at any one time, with plenty more Thai plans and planes of other airlines which are not visible in the scene.

    I can’t attach the pictures here but you can do a picture search on “Phuket International Airport”.

    You can see that Phuket airport is a brick and mortar building which does not use the kind of metal frame windows in the same scene from 2.50 to 3.01 minutes.

    Also the air side (boarding side) of Phuket International Airport faces the sea and is pretty close to it, whilst the runway is perpendicular to the coastline and runs inland by the side of the terminal building.

    Where is the sea and trees in the scene from 2.50 to 3.01 minutes?

    No, this looks more like at an airport in Malaysia, most possibly KLIA.

    Now note the words, “an air steward came to fetch..” from around 3.33 minutes and from 3.43 to 3.48 minutes (..the air steward helped us fold out the jump seat so SHE knew that we would be sitting in there..”.

    Due to gender equality in Australia, they may refer to both a steward (male) and a stewardess (female) as a “steward” but note once again “the jump seat” and “she knew we would be sitting in there”.

    From 4.09 minutes onward — “We were sitting on a pretty uncomfortable seat..”

    Two women sitting in one jump seat?

    There are supposed to be two women in the cockpit, so they would require two “jump seats” not one “jump seat”, unless one woman sat on the other woman’s lap during take off and landing.

    Also,, if these women were so “upset” over the behaviour of the pilots, why then do they look so happy and enjoying themselves in the photos?

    Now, where is Fariq Abdul Hamid;s Facebook page?

    All I got is this.
    https://www.facebook.com/public/Fariq-Abd-Hamid

    Who was the pilot with Fariq Abdul Hamid at the time? Why not contact him for clarification on this alleged incident?

    • Well done. You have researched and argued well to show the Red Bean kind of nonsense they tried to do.

  4. Playing the blame game. Websites such as the following show that China has satellite pictures of possible 777 body parts since Sunday but put in their website only 7 hours ago and have not officially informed Malaysia the satellite images until now:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/blog/2014/mar/12/mh370-search-extended-into-andaman-sea-live-updates

    — CCTV America (@CCTV_America) March 12, 2014
    Images from Chinese satellite on 9th shows three objects in the possible site of MH370. Verification is in progress. pic.twitter.com/AQzdLdfiI6

    China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery, including images of what it said were “three suspected floating objects and their sizes.” The objects aren’t small at 13 by 18 meters (43 by 59 feet), 14 by 19 meters and 24 by 22 meters.

    The images were captured on March 9 – which was the day after the plane went missing – but weren’t released until Wednesday.

    The Chinese agency gave coordinates of 105.63 east longitude, 6.7 north latitude, which would put it in waters northeast of where it took off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and south of Vietnam.

    9.43pm GMT

    The Chinese agency that published the satellite pictures taken on Sunday actually released them Wednesday night local (Malaysian) time. CNN and the BBC reported the pictures in the past hour.

    But the American arm of the Chinese-funded English-language broadcaster, CCTV, tweeted the pictures seven hours ago.

    10.25pm GMT

    The satellite images published by the BBC and CNN are raising some concern in Malaysia. As we mentioned earlier, they were first posted by the Chinese science and national defence agency’s website some hours ago (though those picture appeared on their satellite images on Sunday).

    Malaysian Civil Aviation director general Abdul Rahman tells CNN his agency has not received or seen the satellite images (He was asked around 6 am in Malaysia March 13, 2014)

    @@@@

    China has a population of 1.2 billion, so many more smart people than Malaysia with only 28 million people, 150 plus of the passengers were Chinese, yet not even a message to DCA since the satellite images existed on Sunday, not even any formal communication to DCA until 6 am this morning.

  5. Here is the same website (British – the respected Guardian newspapers) latest entry which says a lot, and I have placed in capital letters the message that I think they are trying to put out –

    “10.31pm GMT

    The story about the Chinese satellite images has been amplified by China’s official Xinhua news agency, WHICH SAID ON WEDNESDAY THAT THE IMAGES FROM AROUND 11 AM ON SUNDAY, appear to show “three suspected floating objects” of varying sizes.

    TWO THIRDS OF THE PASSENGERS ON THE MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT WERE CHINESE, AND THE AUTHORITIES IN CHINA HAVE REPEATEDLY INDICATED EXASPERATION WITH THE MALAYSIAN AUTHORITIES OVER HOW THE SEARCH HAS BEEN CONDUCTED.”

    @@@

    Yes, this is the British “gentlemen” kind of scolding of unreasonable and unhelpful people, however aggrieved they may be.

    Those who understand (unfortunately not many among them would) should feel piercing pain worse than the “exasperation” or even the shouting and throwing of bottles at MAS people sent out to comfort and soothe the passengers’ relatives in Beijing.

    • This shows that the Chinese (whether they are in M’sia or wherever ) cannot be trusted. Yes, I am generalizing here. Why couldn’t they contact M’sian DCA earlier? Now, if M’sia want to check, it is a bit late ‘cos the debris has floated to somewhere else.

      Maybe the Chinese do not want the plane to be found. Maybe they were the ones who shot the plane out of the sky. I can’t help but remembering that Korean commercial airplane shot out of the sky by the Russians. China knows how to bully only. They keep on complaining (like their brethrens in M’sia) about MAS and the M’sian authorities being slow, but they are also the culprits. They take time to show their satellite images.

      I am not surprised now that the French are going to help M’sia. They are going to use their sophisticated satelittes (as good as or better than the Chinese ones) to help find the plane. Never trust the Chinese, everything is fake. At this moment they are checking on how much to get from MAS for compensation. Mampos lah MAS, bankrupt!

      • Not only the French, the Americans, too. Not just having their naval assets joining the search under the Malaysian DCA leadership, they, on their own initiative, start investigating a new area “following new evidence” that emerged. The Star reported a few hours ago:

        “US zeroes in on Indian Ocean to find missing MH370

        PETALING JAYA: A new search area in the Indian Ocean has raised hopes of finding the missing MH370 with the Pentagon confirming that new evidence has emerged.

        A Pentagon official told The Star that the US was opening a new area of investigation following indications that the Boeing 777-200ER could have gone down there.

        He said this when asked to confirm a report by ABC News, which reported that US officials had an “indication” that the missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have crashed in the Indian Ocean and was moving the USS Kidd to the area to begin searching.”

        Now, that’s the kind of responsible leadership, well respected in the world. Not the Chinese kind – they had the satellite images on Sunday, kept quiet until Wednesday, and in the meanwhile expressed exasperation, complaining here and there. They can never be leaders and they continue to give the impression of bullying small nations in this area.

        Yes, they cannot be trusted, the communist thinking is still there 40 years after they threw the commie doctrine out of the window.

      • thestar.com reported that China’s foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang called the Malaysian-led information dissemination “pretty chaotic”, saying such things as, “We noticed that the Malaysian side later denied this piece of information.”

        “So right now, there is a lot of information, and it’s pretty chaotic, so up to this point we too have had difficulty confirming whether it is accurate or not.”

        I think the bugger was referring to The Air Force General wanting to clarify that he did not say in definite terms the aircraft was turning back to KLIA and they were still trying to “corroborate” with civilian radar.

        It’s not a matter of lousy English that the Chinese are often afflicted with, but it’s plain kurang ajar like the DAP kind of blokes. You don’t state adverse comments in a situation like this, especially when your government has not shown a helpful attitude with regard to the satellite images you had but did not reveal until 4 days later.

        Hishammuddin, however, dismissed allegations that search efforts were mired in confusion after a series of “possibilities” and false alarms were put out, yet the bloody sensationalizing kind of news blokes did not accept that the authorities have to look at and react to such possibilities as the Air Force radar blip showing non- military kind of aircraft on their screen. And the Air Force General did say that the aircraft turn-back was a “possibility”, not anything definitive.

        Hishammuddin has scored high marks in handling this case, making pretty firm and authoritative statements at press briefings and interviews. His weakling, Menteri Amaran kind of image is dwindling. I think it’ll dwindle faster if he stares a few seconds at those presumably-Malaysiakini and Malaysia Chronicle so-called reporters shouting funny questions.

      • And you defending the Chinese? Won’t say on what grounds?

        And by trying to defend China without any facts or arguments, the search for MH370 is still playing second fiddle to the “great game” between China and the US?

        And the Malaysia-led SAR still being haplessly looked at as “chaotic”?

        Not raising any voice for those trying to belittle the efforts of a small country with no experience in this kind of plane disappearance, very limited expertise, no satellite detection mechanism, not highly advanced radar system compared to the big nations?

        Are you a foreigner?.

  6. I’m damn disappointed that Thailand offered their rada data 10 days after MH 370 disappearance and Britain offered assistance 11 days after the incidence.

    What’s happened to the immediate neighbour and fellow Asean member? Shinawat Chinese Prime Minister kind of mentality? Not asked to help, my foot.

    And the former colonial masters, Britain, became complex-stricken now no longer having an Empire?

    Bloody hell, you blokes want to be invited to help when a country is faced with such a devastating, unprecedented situation of a huge passenger airliner simply disappearing?

    Excuse my language, BD, but it’s simply mind boggling waking up in the morning to read about David Cameron’s footsy footing, willy wallying.

    • A local, ethnic Thai, as Prime Minister of Thailand would have come to help soon after the disappearance. Like Philippine President Aquino did. despite him having Chinese blood from his mother’s side.

      And British media, especially the tabloids, were quite loud on criticisms of Malaysia’s handling of the airline disappearance.

      • chron.com/news reported “Thailand’s military said Tuesday it saw radar blips that might have been from the missing plane but didn’t report it “because we did not pay attention to it.”

        Well, that’s a mitigating factor. Still, the Thai PM should have offered help despite MH370 route initially discussed was not in the Gulf of Thailand. They would have had their naval craft patrolling the Gulf, anyway.


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