World Bulletin / News Desk
The wife of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has broken her silence and revealed that her husband Zaharie Ahmad Shah spoke the final words from the cockpit, not the co-pilot, as the airline has said.
Faizah Khan, who revealed that her eldest son had identified the voice that delivered the final sign-off of as that of his father was revealed over a phone call made with Two New Zealand journalists writing a book about the flight. The call was made from the cockpit to air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur less than an hour after take-off.
The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers aboard.
Geoff Taylor, deputy editor of New Zealand's Waikato Times, said “In the three months-plus since the flight went down no-one in the media has been able to get close to Zaharie's widow,"
Malaysian Airlines chief Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said during the second week the plane went missing that the initial investigations found the final words were spoken by Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot. He also said the words were "All right, good night" - a message which raised suspicion as it did not follow the protocol of giving the call sign.
However, weeks later they said that they weren’t sure who delivered the final sign-off and that the words were actually "Good night Malaysian 370."
More than three months have now passed and despite a massive multi-national search effort no physical trace of the plane has been found.
Mr Dunleavy, who is originally from Ealing, defended his company's initial response to MH370's disappearance.
"People say, 'Why didn't you work quicker?' But you're calling pilots, explaining the situation, waiting for them to send out pings, doing the same to the next plane, then the next, and it's four in the morning, you don't have 50 people in the office, only a couple. An hour goes by frighteningly quickly – you realise that the missing plane is now another 600 miles somewhere else."
However, he criticised the Malaysian government for taking so long to reveal that the missing plane had turned back over the Malay peninsula towards the Strait of Malacca.
"I only heard about this through the news," Mr Dunleavy said. "I'm thinking, really? You couldn't have told us that directly? Malaysia's air traffic control and military radar are in the same freakin' building. The military saw an aircraft turn and did nothing."
"They didn't know it was MH370, their radar just identifies flying objects, yet a plane had gone down and the information about something in the sky turning around didn't get released by the authorities until after a week. Why? I don't know. I really wish I did."Last Mod: 24 Haziran 2014, 17:40