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Schoolmates: Capt Zaharie Values His Passengers' Safety
Malaysia Star ^ | 3/16

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 people’s 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 plane’s 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 Zaharie’s flight simulator, which he had apparently assembled at home.

“Aviation is his hobby. Why can’t 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.

“He’s 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, Zaharie’s 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.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: malaysia

1 posted on 03/15/2014 11:24:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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.

2 posted on 03/15/2014 11:37:00 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.)
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To: NowApproachingMidnight

I bet it’s neither.

3 posted on 03/15/2014 11:42:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: NowApproachingMidnight

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.

4 posted on 03/16/2014 12:03:11 AM PDT by catbertz
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Two Iranians? I don’t trust any Muslim.

5 posted on 03/16/2014 12:31:55 AM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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Oh you mean my next door, Jeffrey Dahmer. Yeah good kid, a little quiet, keeps to himself and never bothers anyone...

6 posted on 03/16/2014 12:46:45 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: nickcarraway

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.

7 posted on 03/16/2014 4:36:34 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: nickcarraway

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?

8 posted on 03/16/2014 4:55:49 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: nickcarraway

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.

9 posted on 03/16/2014 8:29:09 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: jsanders2001

“He was a quiet man.”

10 posted on 03/16/2014 8:29:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

It’s all here:

11 posted on 03/16/2014 12:36:47 PM PDT by gandalftb (Go OK State Cowboys!!)
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To: dfwgator

One Muzzie vouching for another. Its not like the Koran teaches them to lie to infidels.../s

12 posted on 03/16/2014 2:36:13 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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