Plane's co-pilot spoke last recorded words
The co-pilot of flight MH370 gave the 'all okay' to Malaysian air traffic control in the few minutes before, or after, the plane's main communication system ACARS was switched off.PT2M5S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34yvk 620 349 March 18, 2014
The co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 was planning to marry his long-term girlfriend who is a pilot for a rival airline, according to reports.
Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, had studied to be a pilot on the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi, where he met Nadira Ramli, who went on to become a captain with AirAsia, according to Malaysian media reports.
Nadira, 26, and Hamid had known each other for nine years and were planning to marry soon, according to the Daily Express newspaper in Sabah in Malaysia.
Engaged: Missing co-pilot of flight MH370 Fariq Abdul Hamid.
Authorities revealed overnight that Fariq is now believed to have spoken the last words transmitted from the missing Boeing 777’s cockpit before before the plane vanished between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace.
‘‘All right, good night,’’ Fariq was recorded as saying calmly to air traffic controllers.
Nadira is the daughter of a senior Malaysian Airlines pilot and has been given leave from her job to be with her fiance’s distraught mother as they wait for any information about the baffling disappearance of the passenger jet, according to the Daily Express.
Nadira Ramli, fiancee of missing co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid.
A relative said Nadira was calm and acting as a ‘‘pillar of strength’’ for Fariq’s mother. The pair are staying at a hotel together in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
In an aviation blog in 2009, Ramli was quoted as saying that becoming a pilot had always been her passion.
Investigators on the weekend had said that the last verbal message transmitted from the cockpit occurred after the plane’s communications system was disabled, appearing to give a crucial clue pointing to the possible complicity of the pilots in the plane’s disappearance.
But authorities backflipped overnight, saying Fariq’s final voice transmission may have occurred before any of the jet’s communications systems were disabled.
Police have said they are looking at the psychological backgrounds of Fariq and the plane’s captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, in their investigation.
Asked if pilot or co-pilot suicide was a line of inquiry, acting Malaysian transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said: "We are looking at it."
But he added it was only one of the possibilities under investigation.
Fariq, the son of a high-ranking official in the public works department in Selangor state, joined Malaysia Airlines at the age of 20.
He has 2763 flying hours behind him and was transitioning to the Boeing 777-200 after finishing training in a flight simulator.
His neighbourhood mosque’s imam, Ahmad Sharafi Ali Asrah, has described Fariq as a mild-mannered "good boy, a good Muslim, humble and quiet", who also attended occasional Islamic courses.
Fariq was said to have often played futsal with children in his neighbourhood, and even paid for their sports shirts.
But last week allegations emerged that Fariq had invited a South African woman and her friend into the cockpit of a Malaysia Airlines flight from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur in 2011.
Jonti Roos said the pilots were smoking in the cockpit and posed for photos with her and her friend, who stayed in the cockpit for the duration of the flight. Passengers visiting the cockpit and smoking on flights are prohibited by Malaysia Airlines.
Last month, Fariq appeared in a CNN travel segment with the network’s aviation correspondent, Richard Quest, in which he was shown helping to fly a plane from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur.
The network was shooting video of the landing for use in a CNN Business Traveller program.
Quest called it a perfect landing of a Boeing 777-200, the same model as the plane that went missing.