Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot or 1st officer of Malaysian Flight MH370 was a religious Muslim but described as ‘not reckless.’ Fariq Abdul Hamid once invited a passenger named Jonti Roos to check out the cockpit during a flight from Thailand to Malaysia. Fariq was flying with another pilot then. Now that the focus of the hijacking, or ‘piracy’ or foul play has shifted to the pilot and co-pilot, just who is Fariq Abdul Hamid?
|Fariq Abdul Hamid co-pilot of Malaysian Airlines MH370 was religious Muslim|
CNN’s aviation correspondent Richard Quest once visited MH 370’s 1st Officer Fariq Ab Hamid in a Malaysia Airlines cockpit, when he was training. Quest watched him land the plane under supervision of a senior pilot in February.
The captain described Fariq’s landing as textbook perfect.
Fariq joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007. He has 2,763 flying hours behind him and was transitioning to the Boeing 777-200 after finishing training in a flight simulator.
As with Zaharie, not much is known to the public about Fariq. But Quest was not the only guest who had joined him in the cockpit.
Passenger Jonti Roos got an invitation to check out the cockpit during a flight from Thailand to Malaysia — one that Fariq was flying with another pilot.
She took photos and said Farid and his colleague smoked in the cockpit. After MH 370’s disappearance, she reported her experience to journalists.