17 March 2014
UK’s Daily Mail reports – The final words from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were spoken after its communication equipment was disabled it has been revealed as footage emerged showing the aircraft’s pilots walking through security for the final time before take-off.
CCTV captured Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, pilot of the Boeing 777 flight, being frisked while walking through security at Kuala Lumpar International Airport.
He is then joined by co-pilot Fariq Hamid who is also searched before the pair walk onto the plane.
The final words from the aircraft gave no indication anything was wrong even though one of the plane’s communications systems had already been disabled, adding to suspicions that someone who knew the controls was involved in the disappearance.
Officials also said today that it is possible the aircraft could have landed and transmitted a satellite signal from the ground.
Shah, a father-of-three, was said to be a ‘fanatical’ supporter of the country’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – jailed for homosexuality just hours before the jet disappeared.
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It has also been revealed that the pilot’s wife and three children moved out of the family home the
day before the plane went missing.
It comes as FBI investigators say the disappearance of MH370 may have been ‘an act of piracy’ and the possibility that hundreds of passengers are being held at an unknown location has not been ruled out.
CCTV footage captures Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, pilot of the Boeing 777 flight, being frisked while walking through security at Kuala Lumpar International Airport
If the plane was intact and had enough electrical power in reserve, it would be able to send out a radar ‘ping’.
After a missing half hour, someone in the cockpit spoke to air traffic controllers for the final time, saying: ‘All right. Good night.’
The usual sign-off would have been ‘Roger and out’, but whoever was talking did not mention a problem with the flight, suggesting an attempt was made to mislead ground control.
Co-pilot Fariq Hamid is frisked by security at Kuala Lumpar International Airport before the flight took off
Around 14 minutes later the transponder – which sends out an identifying signal – was switched off and shortly afterwards the aircraft turned sharply to head back across the Malaysian peninsula.
As authorities examined a flight simulator that was confiscated from the home of one of the pilots and
dug through the background of all 239 people on board and the ground crew that serviced the plane,
they also were grappling with the enormity of the search ahead of them, warning they needed more data to narrow down the hunt for the aircraft.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 took off from Kuala Lumpur at around 12.40am on March 8, headed to Beijing.
On Saturday, Malaysia’s government confirmed that the plane was deliberately diverted and may
have flown as far north as Central Asia, or south into the vast reaches of the Indian Ocean.
Authorities have said someone on board the plane first disabled one of its communications systems –
the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS – at 1.07am.
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