From: Andrew Johnson
Date: 2014-03-29 09:11:32
Attachments : To add to the ongoing tragi-comedy, I was alerted to some links below, and found this one: edition.cnn.com/2014… Fariq Ab Hamid, a 27-year-old Malaysian, helped fly the plane from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, where he landed it under the supervision of a senior pilot as well as a safety captain, according to CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest, who was also in the cockpit. The network was shooting video of the landing for use in a “CNN Business Traveler” program. As many would say “what are the chances….???” From: Sent: 28 March 2014 22:55To: ad.johnson@ntlworld….; richardSubject: Narrative MH370 Gentlemen There was no flight MH370. I’ve no idea if you guys know this yet or not. My respect for your work gets you this heads-up. Chance to observe this pp real time may be one of a kind. www.youtube.com/watc… I hope this finds you well. Z hereandnow.wbur.org/… A Closer Look At The Co-Pilot Of Missing Flight 370 Fariq Abdul Hamid, left, and Richard Quest are pictured in a photo on Instagram. (Instagram) One of the more bizarre coincidences in the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is the fact CNN airline and aviation correspondent Richard Quest met with the co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, weeks before the plane’s disappearance. It was part of a taping Quest was doing in February for CNN Business Traveler, and it hasn’t aired yet on CNN. Hamid, a 27-year-old first officer, was taking part in a training session, flying from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur. Quest speaks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about that experience and the latest on the investigation into the missing plane. He says it came as a surprise when he realized he had interviewed the co-pilot. “Fariq Hamid had posted one of the pictures of himself and myself in the cockpit on the flight deck, and somebody else had seen it and tweeted it,” Quest says. “It was quite a shock to look at the picture and to think that I had sat behind, watching him land a 777 only a matter of weeks earlier.” He says there was nothing that stood out to him about Hamid at the time. “He was charming,” Quest said. “I was more concerned, frankly, that we had a relatively inexperienced first officer doing a landing with CNN sitting in the back filming.” Likewise, he says nothing jumped out at him about Malaysian Airlines. “Malaysia airlines is a robust airline — it’s been around for many years,” Quest said. “It has an excellent reputation, both for service and for safety. The issues we were looking at had nothing to do with these. They are the question of how Malaysia is finding a competitive advantage against the Gulf three — Qatar, Emirates and Etihad, on the one hand, and the low-cost carriers like Air Asia, which is based in Kuala Lumpur as well.” See also: Why The Search For The Missing Plane Is CNN’s Story Here & Now’s full coverage of the missing plane Guest Richard Quest, airline and aviation correspondent at CNN and presenter of Quest Means Business. He tweets @richardquest.