The latest development in the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 reveals that the captain of the flight messaged a female friend two days before the tragedy.
Fatima Pardi said that Zaharie Ahmad Shah was like a father to her three children. The two met for the first time as volunteers during the Malaysian elections.
As reported by The Australian, their friendship “quickly developed to a level where Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was playing an almost fatherly role to [Pardi’s] children.” However, the 35-year-old woman said they were “just friends.”
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MH370 Update: Pilot messaged Fatima Pardi about ‘personal matter’
Two days before MH370 disappeared, Shah had messaged Pardi about a “personal matter.” However, she would not disclose the details of the message as she is afraid they might be “misunderstood.”
As reported by the Daily Mail, the captain’s brother-in-law said Shah had plans to move to Australia. “[Shah] wanted to migrate to Australia. He even asked his daughter to buy a house there and gave her money to do it. The moment he disappeared, that plan ended.”
Several theories have been put forth regarding what could have caused the disappearance of MH370, which had 239 passengers onboard and was flying from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing. These theories include the plot being a murder-suicide mission of one of the pilots, hijacking the plane, or occurrence of mechanical failure.
MH370 Update: 110,000 square kilometers searched
A home simulator was discovered by authorities in July showing the tool used to draw a course to the southern Indian Ocean. The simulator was owned by Shah.
Another theory, which surfaced when Shah’s personal life and mental state were considered, suggests that the crash was deliberate, as reported by The Week.
In June, it was agreed among the ministers from Australia, Malaysia, and China that if no evidence comes forth upon completion of the scouring of the 120,000 square kilometer search area, the search would be suspended. Until now, more than 110,000 square kilometers have been searched.
As reported by the Guardian, Australia has spent $160 million in the search operation.