Son defends pilot of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight
Kuala Lumpur: The youngest son of the pilot whose flight went down in the Indian Ocean has dismissed speculation his father may have crashed the plane intentionally, a report said on Thursday.
Ahmad Seth, son of captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, said he knew what kind of man his father was.
"I`ve read everything online. But I`ve ignored all the speculation. I know my father better," Seth, 26, was quoted by the New Straits Times as saying.
"We may not be close as he travels so much. But I understand him," the language student added in his first public remarks.
Zaharie, 53, along with his co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, has come under intense scrutiny after Malaysian authorities said flight MH370`s disappearance on March 8 was due to "deliberate" action by someone on the plane.
Malaysian police have already questioned the family members of the pilots and other crew and seized a home-built flight simulator which Zaharie installed in his house.
But they have not announced finding any evidence against him.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation will complete its analysis of data deleted from the flight simulator "within a day or two", its director said yesterday in Washington.
Malaysian officials had asked the FBI to help recover files deleted from the simulator`s hard drive.
FBI chief James Comey did not indicate whether the results of the analysis would be made public.
Malaysia announced Monday that, based on fresh satellite analysis, the flight with 239 passengers and crew crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.
There has been no explanation why it diverted from its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight path and ended up thousands of miles away.
No wreckage has been found despite an intensive international search, making it hard for families of those aboard to accept their loss.
"Now, we are just waiting for the right confirmation (for the wreckage or bodies)... I will believe it (that there are no survivors) when I see the proof in front of my eyes," Ahmad Seth said.
The family of Zaharie, including his three children, have so far been avoiding the media.
Zaharie was a member of an opposition party led by veteran politician Anwar Ibrahim, who was convicted of sodomy -- illegal in the Muslim-majority country -- hours before the flight`s take-off.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Amit Shah interacts with journalists at BJP office
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: How to expand your existing business
- PM Modi host 'Diwali Milan' for media
- Entire Indian force can't defend Kashmir from terrorists, says Farooq Abdullah
- Prashant Bhushan questions Arvind Kejriwal on Lokpal through press conference
- Entire Indian force can't defend Kashmir from terrorists: Farooq Abdullah
- Woman cop transferred within 24 hours of spat with Haryana minister Anil Vij
- Sheena Bora murder: Why did Indrani send servant to Kolkata to get illegal drugs?
- Women fit only to deliver children, gender equality un-islamic: Kerala Muslim leader
- Day/Night Test: Cricketers mock DRS, Nigel Llong decision on Nathan Lyon howler