THE daughter of the MH370 pilot has raised some alarming questions about the state of his mind in the weeks leading up to the plane’s disappeara
THE daughter of the MH370 pilot has raised some alarming questions about the state of his mind in the weeks leading up to the plane’s disappearance.
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was in emotional turmoil over the impending break-up of his marriage, his family say.
But the 53-year-old’s wife and daughter said he was distracted and withdrawn in the weeks before the Malaysian Airlines plane went missing.
Zahariehad refused pleas to attend marriage counselling sessions to improve the relationship, and is said to have had extramarital affairs.
Three weeks after Flight MH370 went missing with 239 crew and passengers on board it was revealed by Malaysian investigators that Zaharie could have deliberately steered the Boeing 777 off course.
The plane is thought to have flown hundreds of miles over the Indian Ocean before plunging into the water.
‘RETREATED INTO A SHELL’
Although no suicide note was found, nor has any motivation been established, police are continuing their inquiries into the pilot and his state of mind before the incident.
The pilot’s wife, Faizah Khanum Mustafa Khan, told investigators he had stopped speaking to her in the weeks leading up to the flight on March 8, 2014.
He is said to have spent time alone in his room with a flight simulator he had built.
She said: “He just retreated into a shell”.
And his daughter Aishah Zaharie, 28, said during her final conversation with her dad she barely recognised him.
She said: “He wasn’t the father I knew. He seemed disturbed and lost in a world of his own.”
Faizah and Aishah, along with other family members, were interviewed in detail by police in Kuala Lumpur last week.
They don’t think he was responsible for the plane’s disappearance, despite his unusual behaviour.
Faizah, who was just 16 when she first met Zaharie, broke down repeatedly during two lengthy interviews with police, the family source said.
One of the interviews lasted more than four hours.
She was initially reluctant to discuss the breakdown of her marriage, and refused to accept her husband might be involved in the flight’s disappearance, protesting: “It’s unfair to blame my husband.”
But over the course of the interviews she told police how her husband became increasingly distracted in the months leading up to the flight.
‘DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND’
She said: “I found him distant and difficult to understand.”
She told investigators that although they continued to live in the same house, Zaharie spent his time alone.
Faizah said her husband was so withdrawn he hardly spoke to his sons and was not close to them.
She said: “He just retreated into a shell”.
Aishah said her father spoke to her about his marital problems and told her he didn’t think they could reconcile.
In their conversations, he asked her how she would feel if her parents divorced.
MH370 – WHAT HAPPENED?
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur and was heading to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Passengers included Chinese calligraphers, a couple on their way home to their young sons after a long-delayed honeymoon and a construction worker who hadn’t been home in a year.
But at 12.14am on March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines lost contact with MH370 close to Phuket island in the Strait of Malacca.
Before that, Malaysian authorities believe the last words heard from the plane, from either the pilot or co-pilot, was “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”.
Satellite “pings” from the aircraft suggest it continued flying for around seven hours when the fuel would have run out.
Experts have calculated the most likely crash site around 1,000 miles west of Perth, Australia.
But a huge search of the seabed failed to find any wreckage – and there are a number of alternative theories as to its fate.
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Aishah said she tried to persuade her father to seek the help of Islamic elders to try to mend the relationship but he refused.
The daughter told investigators she did not know if there was another woman in her father’s life.
She insisted to investigators: “I don’t believe he would ever intentionally endanger the lives of his crew and passengers”.
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