Monday, October 5, 2015   

(Flight MH370) Malaysia red faced over women in cockpit
(03-12 12:11)

The anger and embarrassment in Malaysia over contradictions and confusion over the search for the missing plane were compounded by a report aired in an Australian news program of a past cockpit security breach involving the co-pilot on the missing jet.
Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday it was “shocked'' over the report that First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, along with a fellow pilot violated airline rules in 2011 by allowing two young South African women into their cockpit during a flight.
The report included photos of the women in the cockpit, with one appearing to show them posing with a man resembling Fariq. Passengers have been prohibited from entering cockpit during flights after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
Analysts said pressure on Malaysian authorities could derail complicated search and rescue efforts.
“Public pressure may result in the command structure and unity of the search to crack. This is not what we want,'' said Gerry Soejatman, an independent aviation analyst based in Jakarta.
“Once that cracks, information and ability to verify becomes a problem and reckless speculation will overwhelm common sense.''—AFP
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