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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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)

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.”


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  • Alan

    With the revelation that the flight path was reprogrammed from the cockpit computer I wonder if the flight computer had a RDP (remote desktop protocol) capability? Could such a change be done remotely? Could the plane be flown remotely using RDP?

    • Shizuppy

      Interesting thought but no.

  • pm05

    I mistakenly tuned in and heard Robin as this reporter if he detected anything strange about this co-pilot! Are you kidding!!! That was so ridiculous! Robin, YOU have decided that the co-pilot did this and should be attacked!!! It was my mistake to tune in and know better than to listen to this program and its nonsense. Bye!

    • Shizuppy

      I’m starting to think the copilot did it, too. Didn’t at first…

  • Ron Lane

    I bet the conspiracy theorist can’t wait to shoehorn this fact into a wackadoo theory. CNN hijacked the plane to boost ratings anyone?

    • makayli verran

      my Aunty Julia got silver Volkswagen Beetle Convertible by
      working parttime off of a home computer… Look At This C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

    • Joe R

      Ummm, and you don’t think it’s even just a tiny bit odd that TWO WEEKS prior to the most bizarre missing airline story IN HISTORY a CNN reporter just happened to interview the very co-pilot in that plane?

      • Eugene Debs

        Not really. Reporters interview people. People are involved in tragedies. Each of these happen every day (tragedies and interviews) so you would have to think that eventually the two situations would cross paths. Coincidence? Kind of. Conspiracy driven by television to drive ratings that leaves hundreds of families wondering the fate of their loved ones? Nope.

      • AndreaNY

        You can bet the trolls will be out on this one

      • zyzz

        TWO WEEKS is too long and doesn’t do it for me. If it was ONE WEEK, I’d believe it.. but not TWO.

      • stuart

        Not odd at all. Coincidence.

    • Joe Silver

      I doubt they would do that, but the fact that Richard Quest is a CIA operative might throw a different light on the “”chance”” meeting of the pair, wouldn’t you agree?

  • http://www.judydunn.net/ Judy D

    Problem with the idea that the turn was programmed because the pilot detected a problem and wanted to head back and land the plane — if this was the case, why would the transponder have been shut off and the sign-off by the co-pilot(?) been so casual? If there was a problem it seems communication would be utmost in their mind…unless it was a hijacking.
    Is anyone exploring the possibility of someone being on the plane who was not on the passenger list? Perhaps someone stowed away in a restroom prior to takeoff? Not likely, but it seems there were many things about security procedures that were relatively lax compared to what we have become accustomed to here.

  • disqus_76C0PFpw8x

    There seems to be a typo in the first line of the summary. “Bizarre coincidence.”

    • Rachel Rohr, Here & Now

      Thank you – good catch! It’s fixed now. -RR

  • kivenaberham

    my money is on japan and united state will gain a new air and sea treaty of monitoring all flights and shipping movements. especially over the diao yu island ,south china sea in and near Philippine. due to this so very necessary tragedy. like 9-11

  • Lorraine

    Two people were on the plane with STOLEN passports. Why hasn’t anyone come forward to report a missing Islamic extremist or two? It’s hard to believe that after two weeks, the passport thieves have yet to be identified. What about the two individuals whose passports were stolen? Have their whereabouts been accounted for (eliminating the possibility that they were murdered)?

    • Teresa Geib Bacon

      Early on I read the fake actors like Sandy and Boston, the Iranians supposedly worked for the Airlines, one knew the Pilot, and the Mother was to be a fake as well. I don’t have the info saved anymore or would post. So still leaves the questions.

  • perihelion22

    Am I the only person in the world who knows that Osama bin Laden’s birthday was March 10 and the plane disappeared March 9? Am I the only person who believes that One World Trade Center NYC is/was the target? Am I the only person in the world who believes that the complete lack of a hefty reward is a clear indicator that the government(s) already know(s) what happened? And the Chinese are going to be pissed.

    As Lily Thomlin says, “It is getting hard to stay cynical enough to keep up with
    reality.” Cheeeeeez….

  • Teresa Geib Bacon

    Couldn’t this have been planned for awhile?

  • jake

    you can easily tell that the picture was Photoshop !!

  • Diane

    A bizarre coincidence, indeed.

  • NS2014

    he admitted he interviewed him this morning.

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