- Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, was planning to marry Captain Nadira Ramli, 26,
- Miss Nadira flies for Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia
- Couple met when they studied together at the Langkawi pilot school
- They have known each other for nine years since meeting during training
- Miss Nadira is currently awaiting news with his mother at a hotel
06:15 EST, 18 March 2014
06:16 EST, 18 March 2014
The girlfriend of the co-pilot on board the missing Malaysia airlines is holed up in a hotel with his family as she awaits anxiously awaits news of the plane’s fate.
Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, was planning to marry his girlfriend Captain Nadira Ramli, 26, a fellow pilot from another airline.
The Sabah-based Daily Express said that
Miss Nadira, 26, has been given a month’s leave as she awaits new of the
flight’s final destination.
Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, was planning to marry his girlfriend Captain Nadira Ramli, 26, a fellow pilot from another airline
Interest in the co-pilot of the missing Malyasia airlines plane has been renewed after it was revealed this week that he was the last person to communicate from the cockpit after the communication system was cut off.
Hamid met Miss Nadira when they studied together at the Langkawi pilot school and the couple have known each other for nine years.
Miss Nadira flies for Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia – Malaysia Airlines’ fierce rival – and is the daughter of a senior Malaysia Airlines pilot, local media reports said.
Nadira Ramli is now with Mr Fariq’s distraught mother at an undisclosed hotel in Kuala Lumpur
A relative in Kota Kinabalu, who declined to be named, told the newspaper that described the young pilot was calm in the face of adversity ‘and a pillar of strength to Fariq’s mother who had hardly slept for three days.’
‘Nadira is positive about the incident and told her family not to listen to the TV. Despite what has happened, she still has a glimmer of hope,’ said the relative.
The paper added that Miss Nadira was the youngest child of Captain Ramli Ibrahim and Nancy Jipanis of Penampang in Sabah.
Hamid had his reputation called into question by a South African woman who accused him of inviting her to join him in the cockpit for a journey in 2011, in breach of security rules.
Malaysia Airlines said it was ‘shocked’ by the reported security violation, but could not verify the claims.
Hamid had his reputation called into question by a South African woman who accused him of inviting her to join him in the cockpit for a journey in 2011, in breach of security rules
Malaysia Airlines said it was ‘shocked’ by the reported security violation, but could not verify the claims
But those who knew him have described the son of a top state civil servant as a mild-mannered young man with a bright piloting future.
Fariq regularly visited his neighbourhood mosque outside Kuala Lumpur where he also attended occasional Islamic courses, said Ahmad Sharafi Ali Asrah, the mosque’s imam or spiritual leader, who called him ‘a good boy’.
Fariq appeared in a CNN travel segment in February in which he helped fly a plane from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur.
It chronicled his transition to piloting the Boeing 777-200 after having completed training in a flight simulator.
CNN correspondent Richard Quest called Fariq’s technique ‘textbook-perfect,’ according to the network’s website.
The government has called on the public not to ‘jump to conclusions’ about the two men, saying they were not on record as asking to fly together on March 8.
Sympathetic tributes to them have poured out online.
In a Youtube memorial a collage of photos from various stages of Zaharie’s life shows him happily socialising with friends and family, flying model airplanes, and doing volunteer work as the song ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ plays.
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