Malaysian authorities ignored MH370 captain’s ‘self-destructive’ behaviour – aviation expert

Long Lunch 24/09/2018
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah. Photo: File.

The pilot of missing airplane MH370 showed “self-destructive and obsessive” behaviour that Malaysia Airlines should have paid more attention to, a new investigation has found.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was pilot-in-command of the flight which vanished on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board. It was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared.

Malaysian authorities have ruled out a theory that Captain Shah hijacked the flight as a political protest.

But a News Corp investigation has revealed the bizarre social media behaviour of Captain Shah in the months before the plane went missing, seeming to support that theory.

Geoffrey Thomas, Airline Ratings editor in chief, says the 53-year-old posted rants on his Facebook page against the Malaysian government which owns Malaysia Airlines.

“He was very vocal in his anti-Government comments,” Mr Thomas told RadioLIVE’s Wendyl Nissen.

Shah once called then Prime Minister Najib Razak a "moron", and posted 119 anti-government comments over the course of one month in 2013.

He was also a supporter of the Malaysia People's Justice Party, and was distantly related to the party's leader, who was jailed for sodomy in 2015.

In addition to airing his fiery political views, Shah - who was married - used Facebook to contact women much younger than him.

Malaysia's final report into the crash was released in July 2018, and did not mention Shah's Facebook activity.

Mr Thomas believes Malaysian authorities have portrayed Shah as a “good family man” who was happily married with no issues to be concerned about.

“And they have exonerated him of any wrongdoing in the loss of the aeroplane […] and clearly that is a whitewash,” Mr Thomas said.

Listen to the full interview with Geoffrey Thomas above.

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