Captain of MH370 could have taken plane on 'joyride', friend told newspaper

AUCKLAND - The captain of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was in no state of mind to fly the day it disappeared and could have taken the Boeing 777 for a "last joyride" before crashing into the Indian Ocean, a fellow pilot was quoted as saying.

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In a report in The New Zealand Herald, a long-time associate of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah who spoke under the condition of anonymity said that the captain's world was 'crumbling'.

He cited serious family problems, including separating from his wife and problems with a woman he was seeing.

According to the report, the friend also said that after the wife told him she was leaving, the pilot was 'terribly upset', and may have decided to take the plane to 'a part of the world he had never flown in'.