Mys­tery of Malaysia Air­lines

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

The mys­tery of what hap­pened to Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 continues to deepen, with claims of a past cock­pit se­cu­rity breach by one of the pi­lots crop­ping up now and adding to the the­o­ries float­ing. An Aus­tralian news pro­gramme had men­tioned about the se­cu­rity breach in­volv­ing the co-pi­lot of the air­line.

The claim came as mil­i­tary data re­vealed the miss­ing plane had changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait—hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres from the last po­si­tion recorded by civil­ian au­thor­i­ties.

Adding an­other ques­tion mark to the flight’s dis­ap­pear­ance was the al­le­ga­tion by the Chan­nel Nine net­work that the First Of­fi­cer Fariq Ab­dul Hamid, 27, had, along with an­other pi­lot, vi­o­lated air­line rules in 2011 by al­low­ing two young South African women into their cock­pit dur­ing a flight.

The re­port in­cluded pho­tos of the women in the cock­pit, with one ap­pear­ing to show them pos­ing with a man re­sem­bling Fariq. It is claimed the breach took place dur­ing a one-hour flight from the Thai beach re­sort of Phuket to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s cap­i­tal.

“Malaysia Air­lines has be­come aware of the al­le­ga­tions be­ing made against First Of­fi­cer Fariq Ab­dul Hamid which we take very se­ri­ously. We are shocked by these al­le­ga­tions,” a state­ment by the air­line 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,” the air­line said.

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