Attendant: I want to be on Amsterdam flight, I want to be there

KLANG - MAS flight attendant Mardiani Mahdi volunteered to work on the next flight to Amsterdam upon hearing about the MH17 tragedy.

"I wanted to go there and find out more," said Mardiani, whose husband Shaikh Mohd Noor Mahmood, 44, was a flight attendant on MH17.

However, Malaysia Airlines declined her offer. The 42-year-old, who has a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, said she was to pick her husband up from the ERL station in Putrajaya yesterday morning.

"I was supposed to send him home and get ready for my flight to Dubai," said Mardiani, who was at her in-laws' home in Taman Chi Liung here.

Shaikh Mohd Noor's mother Amnah Mohd Sharif said her son was "someone who always had laughter and music in his life".

"He visited us on Wednesday and sang me a birthday song on his brother's guitar," said Amnah, who celebrated her 65th birthday on Tuesday.

"He was in a jovial mood," she said. "He also sang Hari Raya songs while he was here."

Shaikh Mohd Noor was the eldest of five siblings.

His father Mahmood Shaikh Abdul Rashid said one of his daughters called earlier to ask about Shaikh Mohd Noor's whereabouts.

"My wife told her that he was in Amsterdam," said the 70-year-old retired court bailiff. "That's when we realised what had happened to our son."