MH370 pilot received call from mystery woman before take-off: British paper

23 March 2014

The captain of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 received a two-minute call shortly before take-off from a mystery woman using a mobile phone number obtained under a false identity, as investigators question the pilot’s estranged wife, a British newspaper reported.

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It was one of the last calls made to or from the mobile phone of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah in the hours before his Boeing 777 left Kuala Lumpur on March 8, reported The Mail on Sunday.

In happier times ... Malaysia Airlines pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah with his family.

In happier times … Malaysia Airlines pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah with his family.

Investigators are treating it as potentially significant because anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM card in Malaysia has to fill out a form giving their identity card or passport number.

Introduced as an anti-terrorism measure following 9/11, this ensures that every number is registered to a traceable person.

FAMILY OF PILOT GO INTO HIDING

Meanwhile THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK reports – The family of MH370 pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah has sought refuge away from their own home in a bid to ride out the “storm of speculation” against him.

“Zaharie’s family prefers to ride out the storm than talk. For now, they know who their real friends are,” said a close family friend who requested anonymity.

According to the friend, the decision of Mr Zaharie’s wife and children to go into “hiding” was to avoid being hounded by the media, like what happened to the family of co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid where a local TV station stationed themselves in front of the house.

“At a time of anxiety like this, the family members want to rally together for emotional support, not fend off questions from the media,” she said.

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