Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of Malaysian flight 370 that crashed into the Indian Ocean, was in ‘no state of mind’ to be operating a plane, a close friend of his revealed in a new interview.
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah has been under the microscope since the search for Malaysian flight 370 began. Two minutes before the plane took off on March 8, he received a two minute call from a “mystery woman,” MailOnline states, and now a close friend of his has come forward claiming that he had serious personal issues that may have distracted him from operating a plane at all.
Malaysia Flight Pilot: Marriage Issues To Blame For Crash?
“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,” a friend of Captain Shah told New Zealand Post.
The friend, who is also a pilot, said that Zaharie had been going through many serious personal issues. He had separated with his wife and was having issues with a different woman he was seeing.
His wife had ended the relationship leaving Zaharie “terribly upset,” the confidant revealed, so he may have used Boeing 777 as one “last joyride” to see what he hadn’t seen before.
“It is very possible that neither the passengers nor the other crew on-board knew what was happening until it was too late,” he added.
Malaysian PM Confirms Flight 370 Crashed In Indian Ocean
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on March 24 that the plane had crashed into the Indian Ocean and “all lives were lost.” The following statement was shared with the families of those who lost their loved ones:
Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, new analysis of satellite data suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.
On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.
We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We will continue to provide assistance and support to you, as we have done since MH370 first disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain. Alongside the search for MH370, there is an intensive investigation, which we hope will also provide answers.
We would like to assure you that Malaysia Airlines will continue to give you our full support throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead.
Once again, we humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.
— Emily Longeretta