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Friends, colleagues defend pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines plane

Published on Mar 13, 2014 7:09 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The captain of a missing Malaysian jet is said to be an engineering buff who assembled his own flight simulator, while friends of the co-pilot are defending his reputation after one report portrayed him as a cockpit Casanova.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared six days ago and an international search and rescue effort in waters around South-east Asia has failed to find a shred of evidence in one of the biggest aviation mysteries in history.

With little solid information to go on, authorities are investigating all 227 passengers and 12 crew for possible sabotage, although they stress no such evidence has come to light.

But it has brought Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and his First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, under scrutiny.

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