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March 16, 2014 - 8:18 am
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This may be a blind alley, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

One of the pilots of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, attended the trial of controversial opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim just hours before the plane took off. The opposition politician was being retried on sodomy charges after his original guilty verdict had been overturned.

Co-workers describe Shah as an “obsessive” supporter of Ibrahim. Coupled with the revelation that Shah had a homemade flight simulator in his house, the suggestion he may have hijacked the plane himself and flown it to a still-unknown destination is not completely out of the question.

The Daily Mail reports:

Zaharie’s co-workers have told investigators the veteran pilot was a social activist who was vocal and fervent in his support of Ibrahim.

‘Colleagues made it clear to us that he was someone who held strong political beliefs and was strident in his support for Anwar Ibrahim,’ another investigation source said. ‘We were told by one colleague he was obsessed with politics.’

In their interviews, colleagues said Zaharie told them he planned to attend the court case involving Anwar on March 7, just hours before the Beijing flight, but investigators had not yet been able to confirm if he was among the crowd of Anwar supporters at court.

Zaharie is believed to be separated or divorced from his wife although they share the same house, close to Kuala Lumpur’s international airport. They have three children, but no family members were at home yesterday: only the maid has remained there.

n the days after Flight MH370 disappeared, Zaharie was affectionately described as a good neighbour and an eccentric ‘geek’ who had a flight simulator at home simply because he loved his work so much.

Malaysian officials initially appeared keen not to direct any suspicion towards Zaharie or his co-pilot, 27-year-old Fariq Abdul Hamid, who was last week revealed to have invited two women passengers into the cockpit and smoked on an earlier flight to Phuket.

But evidence of the way the plane’s transponder and communication systems were disabled and the way the plane was expertly flown over the Indian Ocean apparently using navigational waypoints meant only a skilled aviator could have been at the controls. Investigators were also baffled by why, if hijackers took over the plane, there was no Mayday call or signal from the two pilots to say the cockpit had been breached.

At yesterday’s press conference, the suspicion over the pilot’s involvement mounted as prime minister Najib Razak said that investigators had found ‘deliberate action’ on board the plane resulted in it changing course and losing contact with ground crews.

As a result of the new information, Malaysian authorities had ‘refocused their investigation on crew and passengers aboard’, he said. Police sealed off the area surrounding Zaharie’s home and searched the house shortly after the press conference.

A homemade flight simulator may, indeed, point to a dedicated pilot. It could also point to someone practicing how to steal away an aircraft without being tracked. Intricate knowledge of the inner workings of the aircraft would be necessary to turn off all the systems that allow aviation authorities to keep an eye on the bird. Is Shah that clever? Much more on the next page.

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A teachable moment. Never fly, dance, drive or have sex with a muslim. They want to kill all of us.
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A "rational" reason? Please supply a rational for instance in this case. Unfortunately, rational behavior is not a hallmark of Ibrahim's civil or religious society.

After the EgyptAir 990 co-pilot put his faith in God and plunged his Boeing 767 into the Atlantic, I made it a policy to not fly any airline whose flight crews would likely be Muslim. It's disconcerting enough to know your life is in the hands of strangers of whom you know absolutely nothing without the added concern about people who in general can be quite irrational. I realize I'm painting with a very broad brush, but there you are.
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Oh I agree. What could their motives possibly be? Who could possibly know? After all: "Fariq is a “good boy, a good Muslim, humble and quiet,” said Ahmad Sarafi Ali Asrah, head of a community mosque about 100 yards from Fariq’s two-story home".

http://nypost.com/2014/03/14/profiles-emerge-of-pilots-at-helm-of-missing-jet/

As for the captain, apparently he has no religion, because if so, certainly our trustworthy media watchdogs would be reporting it. He must be an athiest.

Nothing to see there.
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A guy with 18000 hours doesn't need a flight simulator to plan a flight, and a guy with a malevolent motive for having a flight simulator doesn't show it off on You Tube. On the other hand, a pilot with 18,000 hours is almost certainly an airplane nut, and I know a bunch of them with that kind of put-together flight simulator.
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You also would be shocked to know how seldom a pilot, especially on a long-haul aircraft with reserve pilots, actually lands the airplane in a month. Autoland is used very seldom, contrary to public assumptions. So sims are very useful and quite common among airline pilots.

Search YouTube for PMDG 737 or 777, or 747, etc. People would be shocked to know how realistic a $3-10,000 sim setup can be. I'm surprised we haven't yet seen one of RyanAir's contract pilots go rogue in Europe. Most of their pilots have paid for their own training, are worked like rented mules, and are treated shabbily. Did I mention how many of them pray toward Mecca?
31 weeks ago
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Many commercial pilots (and I know several) use flight simulators at home to train for their periodic re-certifications. You don't get to routinely practice emergency situations "on the job" but get exposed to a variety during re-certification. Simulators are a way to keep sharp on the unexpected.
31 weeks ago
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A supporter of a soddomite who commits jihad with a plane? I can't wrap my head around that.
31 weeks ago
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There is something very odd about this story: the passengers. From all accounts other than the two Iranians with stolen passports there is nothing unusual about the passengers. So what has happened to them? Are they even alive? Also, I do not know much about Malaysian politics to know how violent the various dissident groups.

Another puzzle is no one has apparently claimed any responsibility for the incident. This implies either it is was done only by the flight crew or the group wants to use the plane for something else.
31 weeks ago
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I'll bet the mortgage they died in the first hour after the plane diverted. Best guess is an intentional depressurization long enough to kill the passengers while the hijacker(s) sucked on O2 in the cockpit. Such an action prevents a passenger revolt and explains why no phone calls.
31 weeks ago
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There's not much point in taking hostages or destroying a plane if you don't let your grievances be known. Might have to chalk this one up to a bizarre accident.
31 weeks ago
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Or the whole point of the exercise was to show the current Malaysian govt is incompetent. Mission accomplished.
31 weeks ago
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Maybe but then again if the whole scenario has not played out, for instance the plane hasn't been "used" as intended yet, it may be too soon for them to show their hand. Hard to say.
31 weeks ago
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What?
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A teachable moment. Never fly, dance, drive or have sex with a muslim. They want to kill all of us.
31 weeks ago
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If the pilot goes postal, what does the co-pilot do?

The two Iranians with stolen passports and one way tickets are....a coincidence?

The passengers with backgrounds potentially valuable to terrorists are not germane?

All possible.

But where did they land? How could they land...and not have complicity on the ground.

ONE man...alone...disables the passengers use of cell phones?

What other country would care about Ibrahim's trial? Hostages taken to free him from a trial for sodomy?


Not sure how this information fits...other than Zaharie is a rabid political junkie. But does he favor or oppose radical Islam?
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"ONE man...alone...disables the passengers use of cell phones?"

Cellphones don't work very well out over the middle of the ocean.

For GSM phones, the maximum range is 35 kilometers. Hard stop. IF the operator has installed some special equipment, that can be extended to 70 km (at the cost of reducing system capacity by 1/2, so, only used in sparsely populated areas.) For CDMA phones, I don't think there are usable networks in that part of the world, but if there were, you get 50 miles or so. Not a hard stop, but that's pushing the upper limit.

The pilot can disable an on-board phone system.

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Who else was given training using this flight simulator
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Very good point. I would go even further than that; since Obama hasn't even mentioned the incident (to my knowledge), there must be an Al Qaeda connection somewhere in there. Al Qaeda have at the very least mentioned hijacking planes in the area. The MSM blackout of the word "terrorist" and "muslim" is another good indication that we're being misled.
This is not the work of just one guy. Muslims do things just like any other bunch of collectivists ... they do things in gangs.
We are nearing a time when even this administration will acknowledge that we do indeed have an enemy - Islam.
Brennan is a Wahhabi Muslim and a Saudi plant ... we cannot trust him until he comes clean and denounces Islam. Background check in order.
31 weeks ago
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"A homemade flight simulator may, indeed, point to a dedicated pilot. "

I've heard pilots interviewed on tv. This is nothing.

"It has also been revealed that the pilot's wife and three children moved out of the family home the day before the plane went missing."

This, however, is not nothing. The most dangerous part of practicing law is domestic relations. A guy's life collapses around him, and he's going to take himself out, he won't care about taking out those around him.

Doesn't explain the seven hours though.
31 weeks ago
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If you wanted to commit suicide but not make it obvious it was a suicide you would want to be very far from an expected SAR effort so evidence is weathered and the CVR is overwritten.
31 weeks ago
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A "rational" reason? Please supply a rational for instance in this case. Unfortunately, rational behavior is not a hallmark of Ibrahim's civil or religious society.

After the EgyptAir 990 co-pilot put his faith in God and plunged his Boeing 767 into the Atlantic, I made it a policy to not fly any airline whose flight crews would likely be Muslim. It's disconcerting enough to know your life is in the hands of strangers of whom you know absolutely nothing without the added concern about people who in general can be quite irrational. I realize I'm painting with a very broad brush, but there you are.
31 weeks ago
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There were 29 Jordanian intelligence officers coming back from training in the US on EA990.

Newsweek did the obligatory multipage splash about how secular and Westernized the pilot was, enjoying cocktails at home. No mention of the passengers, of course.
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