Malaysia Airlines says it is 'shocked' at allegations co-pilot invited two female passengers to cockpit in 2011
Published on Mar 12, 2014 9:21 AM
Malaysia Airlines has expressed shock at allegations made against a co-pilot of the MH370 flight that went missing early on March 8 with 239 people on board.
Reports have emerged that the co-pilot Fariq Ab Hamid had allegedly invited two female passengers to the cockpit of a Malaysia Airlines aircraft in 2011 after seeing them at the boarding gate.
"We are shocked by these allegations," the carrier said although it did not specify the offence the co-pilot is alleged to have committed. In a statement posted on its website, the airline added that it was taking the allegations "very seriously".
Australia's A Current Affair interviewed a South African woman living in Australia who made the allegation. Ms Jonti Roos claimed she and her friend stayed with the pilots in the cockpit from take-off to landing during a flight from Phuket, Thailand, to Kuala Lumpur.
"Throughout the whole flight, they were talking to us and they were actually smoking throughout the flight which I don’t think they’re allowed to be do," she told A Current Affair. “At one stage they were pretty much turned around in their seats talking to us."
But she said she never felt threatened and felt the pilots were "competent" in their job.
Malaysia Airlines said: "We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident. As you are aware, we are in the midst of a crisis, and we do not want our attention to be diverted."