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