Malaysia Airlines is responding to a report on Australian media that the first officer of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight invited people into the cockpit on a 2011 flight.
The airline said it was “shocked” by allegations that Fariq Abdul Hamid, the first officer on flight MH370, invited two women to sit in jumpseats in the cockpit during a December 2011 flight from Phuket, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In its 13th media statement Malaysia Airlines said “We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident. As you are aware, we are in the midst of a crisis, and we do not want our attention to be diverted.”
Australia’s Channel 9 program, “A Current Affair,” broadcast photographs showing the co-pilot of the disappeared Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 entertaining teenage tourists in the cockpit during a previous flight.
Jonti Roos, identified as one of the passengers, told “A Current Affair,” “They were actually smoking throughout the flight, which I don’t think they’re allowed to do.
“At one stage, they were pretty much turned around the whole time in their seats talking to us. They were so engaged in conversation that he [Hamid] took my friend’s hand, and he was looking at her palm and said, ‘Your hand is very creased – that means you’re a very creative person’, and commented on her nail polish.”
Roos said, Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, invited the two South African teenage girls into the flight cabin for the entirety of a flight in 2011 from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur. He and his colleague entertained the two girls, smoked cigarettes and posed for photographs with them.
Read the full statement here: http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/dark-site.html
This report compiled with information from A Current Affair and The Guardian.