AirAsia suspends pilot for questioning Malaysia authorities over MH370

KUALA LUMPUR - An AirAsia X senior first officer has been suspended from duty for suggesting in a Facebook message that the Malaysian authorities had withheld information pertaining to the search for flight MH370, Malaysiakini reported.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes confirmed the suspension on Tuesday night.

"AirAsia X senior first officer has been suspended pending investigation as company policies were broken in Facebook posting," Mr Fernandes wrote on Twitter.

AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Rani Osman added that the first officer failed to observe a "specific directive" to avoid making public comments on the ongoing search for MH370's wreckage in the southern Indian Ocean.

AirAsia X is the long-haul arm of Malaysia's profitable low-cost carrier AirAsia.

The pilot, whose identity was withheld, criticised the Malaysian government in a Facebook post for attempting to bring premature closure to the crisis.

"Is there any concrete proof that MH370 has indeed crashed?! It's not right to simply assume when you have no evidence to back up your claims!

"(The) supposed debris... isn't even confirmed to be from the plane yet! Show us the proof then tell us MH370 has crashed.

"Till then, stop hiding facts! It's obvious to even a blind man that there (are) tons of info the government definitely knows and isn't sharing yet!" the pilot wrote.