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Malaysia Airlines Investigates Missing Co-Pilot
Malaysia Airlines is investigating claims the co-pilot on its missing plane invited two women into the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago.
Jonti Roos alleges Fariq Abdul Hamid and another pilot talked to her and her friend, smoked and posed for photos during the Malaysia Airlines flight - a clear violation of aviation rules.
The second pilot has not been identified.
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Ms Roos told Australian network Channel Nine that they stayed in the cockpit for the one-hour flight - including during takeoff and landing - from Phuket, Thailand, to Kuala Lumpur in December 2011.
"Throughout the entire flight, they were talking to us and they were actually smoking throughout the flight," she said.
"I know for the whole time they weren't facing the front of the plane and actually flying."
She said the arrangement did not seem unusual to the plane's crew.
Mr Hamid, 27, was first officer on flight MH370 when it went missing without trace en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur nearly four days ago.
The focus of the search for the jet has now moved several hundred miles west of the course it should have been following.
Mr Hamid has about 2,800 hours of flying experience and has worked for Malaysia Airlines since 2007.
The airline says it is shocked by the claims about Mr Hamid's conduct.
"Malaysia Airlines has become aware of the allegations being made against First Officer, Fariq Ab Hamid which we take very seriously. We are shocked by these allegations," the statement 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."
"The welfare of both the crew and passengers' families remain our focus."
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