MH370 pilot made ‘mysterious’ phone call to his aircraft engineer cousin a month before jet vanished

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THE pilot of MH370 made a “mysterious” phone call to his aircraft engineer cousin a month before jet vanished.

The 45-minute call from Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah has puzzled investigators for years.

Former Malaysia Airlines engineer Zulhaimi Bin Wahidin
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It was revealed today the February 2, 2014 phone call was between the esteemed Malaysia Airlines pilot and his first cousin and aircraft engineer Zulhaimi Bin Wahidin.

Both men had worked for Malaysia Airlines for decades when the Boeing 777 jet with 239 people on board vanished on March 8, 2014 during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur in the world’s greatest aviation mystery.

Speaking to The Australian, Zulhaimi insisted his cousin was innocent and lashed out at suggestions he had provided the pilot with technical information that would’ve given him the ability to hijack the aircraft.

They’re trying to blame him for what happened and it’s very hard for me to swallow that because he’s not that kind of a person


Engineer Zulhaimi Bin Wahidin.

Mr Zulhaimi was interrogated by police on numerous occasions with investigators initially being suspicious of the aircraft engineer.

He told the publication: “I was at police headquarters for three days. It spanned from morning to evening.

“I told them that Zaharie is a smart guy. He doesn’t need me to get all of the information.”

Investigators backed off Zulhaimi after he showed them his phone records, revealing he and his cousin spoke regularly over the past 20 years.

MH370 is still missing despite years of investigations.

An official report released in July last year, following a lengthy investigation and a long-running fruitless $144.8 million search, gave no new clues about why the plane disappeared, sparking anger among relatives.

He was a normal, jovial guy. I didn’t anticipate that some bad thing was going to happen. It was a big shock to me as well.


Engineer Zulhaimi Bin Wahidin.

Malaysia’s new government, which took power in May last year, has said the search could be resumed but only if new and compelling evidence came to light.
Zulhaimi told the publication “of course” his cousin was innocent and admitted he had spent the past five years feeling “uneasy” about the pilot’s “name being tarnished”.

“They’re trying to blame him for what happened and it’s very hard for me to swallow that because he’s not that kind of a person.”

Zulhaimi landed on police radar almost immediately after MH370 went missing in 2014 after investigators received data the aircraft engineer had tried to call his cousin after the plane went down.

Experts also called on Zulhaimi to explain the degree of his technical knowledge as part of the investigation, fuelling even more suspicion.

The whole family has tried to forget about it


Engineer Zulhaimi Bin Wahidin.

“He was around the neighbourhood, around my area, so he dropped by to see my kids,” Zulhaimi said, recalling the last time he had seen his cousin alive.

“Just to say hello. We chitchat for a while, about half an hour or one hour.

“He was a normal, jovial guy. I didn’t anticipate that some bad thing was going to happen. It was a big shock to me as well.”

Mr Zulhaimi said the past five years has been difficult for the family as they came to terms with the pilot’s death.

“The whole family has tried to forget about it,” he said. “We just accept the fact that he’s dead by now, I think.”

It’s not the first time Captain Shah’s phone has been in the spotlight.

Recently it was revealed the married captain sent more than 90 online messages to twin models Lan Qi Hui and Qi Min, begging them to visit him in Kuala Lumpur.


The Sun reported how Shah plagued the young Instagram model twins, 26, with creepy messages before his plane’s mysterious disappearance four years ago.

Now Qi Min Lan has told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the police spoke to her about Zaharie after his plane went missing.
“Police know I dunno (sic) him at all. He just a social network’s fan of mine,” she said in an email to the paper.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah made a 45-minute phone call that has puzzled investigators for years
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MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014 and is one of the world;s greatest aviation mysteries
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