As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues with few leads, the daughter of that flight’s pilot, Aishah Zaharie, has spoken out on Facebook.
Zaharie took to Facebook this weekend, according to the Malay Mail Online, to attack the Daily Mail for reporting that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was “lost and disturbed” in the days preceding the flight, and its claim to quote her. “You should consider making movies since you are so good at making up stories and scripts out of thin air,” she wrote on her page, adding angrily, “May god have mercy on your souls. You can bet your ass I will not forgive you,” Zaharie, who is 28-years-old and lives in Australia, is alleged to have testified to a change in character on her father’s part.
“He wasn’t the father I knew. He seemed disturbed and lost in a world of his own,” the Daily Mail alleged that Zaharie told investigators about her father. The story also quotes her mother and Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s wife describing him as “distant and difficult to understand.” The UK Mirror, a different publication, claimed that “it was revealed” that Aishah Zaharie had described her father as “cranky” in the days before the flight.
In a verified interview with a member of Zaharie’s family, his son, Ahmad Seth, told the New Straits Times that he was certain his father had nothing to do with the plane’s disappearance. “I’ve ignored all the speculation,” Seth told the paper. “I know my father better.” A report in the New York Daily News claimed that the family was especially hurt by speculation claiming that Zaharie may have diverted and intentionally flown the plane into the ocean, killing all on board.
In the aftermath of the plane’s disappearance, Zaharie was revealed to be a fervent supporter of the Malaysian political opposition, and particularly of its leader, Anwar Ibrahim. YouTube history also revealed an interest in atheism and that he did not hide his possession of a flight simulator, one that investigators found loaded with a number of practice runways in the Indian Ocean.
Meanwhile, the search for the missing plane continues. Yesterday, Chinese officials announced that they had found three objects in the search area 1,500 miles of Perth, Australia that matched the colors of the airplane. They were quickly revealed upon recovery to be fishing equipment, however, and no other credible leads have since surfaced. The Chinese government has now taken to discussing funeral proceedings and soothing the families of those on board, as more relatives fly to Kuala Lumpur to demand more information from the beleaguered Malaysian government.