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Missing plane: supporters defend staff integrity

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 - 01:38

Mar. 18 - Friends and family of the captain and a flight engineer aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 leap to their defence. Paul Chapman reports

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Flight engineer Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat is one of the passengers aboard missing flight MH370 police are looking into. He's among the 239 on board whose backgrounds Malaysian investigators are combing through in their search for clues. But his father Omar says the 29-year-old gave no cause for concern. (SOUNDBITE)(Bahasa Indonesia) SELAMAT OMAR, FATHER OF MOHD KHAIRUL AMRI SELAMAT, SAYING: "He was very soft, gentle, and he's never shown any odd behaviour." Malaysian police have searched the home of the captain of the missing plane after it was confirmed the aircraft was deliberately diverted off course. But a friend of Captain Zahiri Ahmed Shah now living in the U.S. is dismissing any suggestion he would have intentionally harmed the aircraft or those on board. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHRIS NISSEN, FRIEND OF MH370 CAPTAIN, SAYING: "It's hard to believe that he would do anything like that, you know, like the speculation of pilot suicide or pilot hijacking. I just can't imagine with his character and what we knew of him, it wouldn't make any sense that he would have anything to do with any sort of deliberate action on his part." No details have yet emerged of anyone among the passengers, crew and ground staff with any links that could explain a motive for sabotaging the flight. More than a week after it vanished the fate of the aircraft and those on board remains a mystery.

Missing plane: supporters defend staff integrity

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 - 01:38

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