Skip to comments.Schoolmates: Capt Zaharie Values His Passengers' Safety
Posted on 03/15/2014 11:24:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah has always been a gadget geek, even during his school days.
Describing the 53-year-old pilot of the missing MH370 plane as a gentle grandfather who would never compromise his passengers safety, his former classmate Mohd Nasir Othman said Capt Zaharie was a responsible and ethical man.
He would never do anything that would endanger peoples lives, said Mohd Nasir.
He set up a flight simulator in his house because he has always been a gadget geek ever since our school days, he said, adding that Zaharie was very creative.
Mohd Nasir joined other friends of the captain, who had logged in 18,365 flying hours, to rubbish foreign reports which suggested that the pilots were behind the planes disappearance.
This came as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that investigations indicated the movements of the aircraft to be consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.
Zaharie, recalled Mohd Nasir, was a jovial person with a loving wife, four grown-up children and a successful career.
He is also a good cook, he added.
When he invited us to his house-warming event four years ago, his wife told me that it was Zaharie who had prepared the spread from appetisers to desserts all by himself, said Mohd Nasir.
He is a jovial character who lights up social events.
Another friend Ho Nean Chan dismissed the speculation centering on Zaharies flight simulator, which he had apparently assembled at home.
Aviation is his hobby. Why cant he have a simulator at home?
Last I checked, those were games that can be bought anywhere, Ho said.
Schoolmate Dr Ghouse Mohd Noor said news implicating the pilots came as a shock to people who knew Zaharie well.
I personally called people who know Zaharie well and they all agreed he would never compromise his passengers safety, he said.
Laughing off the speculation, another ex-classmate Jason Lee said Zaharie was the last person he would think of as capable of acts such as hijacking.
Hes just not the type, said Dr Ghouse. Everytime I talk to him, he always tells me how responsible he feels for the lives on his plane.
Zaharie was born on July 31 in 1961 and had entered Penang Free School in 1974.
He left the school in 1978 for further studies and flight training after completing Form 5.
Malaysia Airlines is the first and only company Zaharie has worked for, joining it in 1981.
In Butterworth, Zaharies brother Rawanis Ahmad Shah had travelled to Kuala Lumpur to receive updates over the incident.
During a visit to a gas station run by him in Bukit Tengah, his employees said that Rawanis would most probably return tomorrow.
But we are not too sure, said the employee, who refused to be named.
After reading this, seems the likely culprit is probably the 27 year old co-pilit. The gentleman in this article reads like a nerd god.
I bet it’s neither.
Neither pilot sounds like the type. The copilot was supposedly engaged to be married soon. Why get engaged if your planning something like this?
Always possible, but seems unlikely. Hope we do find some answers. Curiosity abounds.
Two Iranians? I don’t trust any Muslim.
Oh you mean my next door, Jeffrey Dahmer. Yeah good kid, a little quiet, keeps to himself and never bothers anyone...
I find it odd that the families of the pilots haven’t been all over the media, like some of the passengers’ next of kin.
Maybe the pilot just snapped and went off the deep end. An atheist muslim expert pilot is fuel for that fire, but what if the 777’s computer system could be hacked from a laptop inside the cabin by a passenger? Can the transponder be turned off electronically?
This is starting to acquire the stink of the Atlanta Olympics bombing, where Richard Jewell was fingered as the bad guy from the git-go.
“He was a quiet man.”
It’s all here:
One Muzzie vouching for another. Its not like the Koran teaches them to lie to infidels.../s