MAS: It was Fariq's sixth flight

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The co-pilot of MH370 Fariq Abdul Hamid was flying a Boeing 777 for the sixth time during the incident on March 8, said MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

“MAS is very strict with its training. For the first five flights, the co-pilot flies with a ‘check’ co-pilot. This was his (Fariq’s) sixth flight and we did not see any problem with him. The sixth flight doesn’t require a check co-pilot,” he said yesterday.

He was asked whether Fariq, 27, might not be fully trained, which led to the March 8 incident.

“As far as the co-pilot is concerned, he was new to the type (of aircraft) and had moved to the 777 fleet from a lower type. He was flying with an examiner, not flying with anybody less than an examiner. The captain (Zaharie Ahmad Shah) was an examiner,” Ahmad Jauhari said.

Ahmad Jauhari last week said the last radio transmission from the missing Flight MH370 came from Fariq at 1.19am on March 8.

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