The captain of flight MH370 was facing serious family problems, including separation from his wife and problems with another woman he was seeing, according to a long-time associate who believes he may have taken the Boeing 777 for a “last joyride” before crashing into the Indian Ocean.
The fellow pilot has revealed to The New Zealand Herald that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s world was crumbling and he was in no state of mind to fly the day the Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the man told the newspaper he believed Captain Zaharie, who had been left “terribly upset” when his wife told him she was leaving, may have decided to take the airliner with 239 people on board to a part of the world he had never flown.
“He’s one of the finest pilots around and I’m no medical expert, but with all that was happening in his life Zaharie was probably in no state of mind to be flying,” the friend said.
The background of the captain and his co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, continue to be investigated by authorities struggling to determine what caused the plane to turn dramatically off its flight path and head to the southern Indian Ocean where it is believed to have crashed.
Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that senior investigators believed the plane had been crashed deliberately in a suicide mission.
The unnamed friend of Captain Zaharie told The New Zealand Herald he spoke with the pilot several times when they met through work.
He claimed Captain Zaharie spent hours using his home-made flight simulator – which was last week seized to be analysed by the FBI – for a variety of situations he wouldn’t experience at the controls of a commercial airline, such as flying at the highest and lowest possible altitudes.
“It is very possible that neither the passengers nor the other crew on-board knew what was happening until it was too late,” the man said.
Source: The New Zealand Herald.
Is this a plausible explanation, or is this another attempt to make news when there is none?
It has been publicised that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had an expensive Flight Simulator set up in his home. This equipment was seized by Malaysian police as part of the ongoing investigation into the loss of MH370.
Malaysian police later revealed that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had stored simulated flights into airports in the Indian Ocean with short runways. Of course, the way this was reported by the media would lead a person to think that must be what he did to his RW aircraft.
To me this means nothing of the sort.
I too use Flight Simulator for my hobby. I too fly into remote Indian Ocean destinations. These destinations have included:
- Diego Garcia
- The Maldives
- Cocos (Keeling) Island
- Christmas Island
- Reunion Island
Why? These exotic locations are those that I am unlikely to ever see in real-life. Simple as that!
Nothing more should be read into Captain Zaharie’s Indian Ocean destinations on his flight simulator, other than a man pursuing his hobby!
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Џорџ Браун е украсени војник и професионално здравствено лице и 40 годишен ветеран во областа на за итни случаи старечки и парамедицински пракса, двете воени и цивилни области. Тој има високи менаџерски позиции во испораката на парамедицински услуги. Мислењата изразени во овие колумни се исклучиво на авторот и не треба да се толкува како оние на било која организација тој може да биде поврзан.
Тој е роден во Велика Британија на шкотскиот потекло од Абердин и член на Kланот MacDougall. Тој е член на македонската заедница во Њукасл, и зборува течно македонски. Иако ова можеби изгледа контрадикција, тоа е неговата сопруга кој е македонски, и како резултат научил македонскиот јазик и ја примија православната вера.
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