Daughter of MH370 pilot says: Speculation is ‘killing the family’

Daughter of MH370 pilot says: Speculation is ‘killing the family’
Screengrab from a video posted on YouTube by the family of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

Support is pouring in for the daughter of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53.

Miss Aishah Zaharie is reported to have flown back to Malaysia to be with her distraught family.

According to a report on an Australian news website, Miss Aishah has been living in Melbourne since 2010.

She is said to have told a friend that speculation surrounding her father was "killing the family".

An unnamed source told the Australian website: "On what the international media wrote about Captain Zaharie is not true (and) ridiculous. He's a nice man and loving father to his children."

The pilot and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, have become a primary focus of the investigation into the fate of the flight, with one of the key questions being who was controlling the aircraft when the communications systems were disabled.

Last week, the police searched the pilots' homes and took away a flight simulator from Captain Zaharie's home in Kuala Lumpur.

In the meantime, Miss Aishah's Instagram and Facebook accounts have been set to private, The Star reported.

According to her Facebook profile, she studied architecture at Melbourne's Deakin University, Australian newspaper The Age reported.

In a statement, the university confirmed a student by the same name had been enrolled there. It said: "A Deakin student by that name graduated as a master of architecture in 2012 with an exemplary record from this university."

Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, whose training base is in Melbourne, urged his followers on Facebook and Twitter to pray for his friend's family.

He wrote in a Facebook post: "Captain Zaharie is our friend's daddy (our Melbourne buddy). Our heart sank upon hearing the appalling news about #MH370. Thoughts and prayers goes out to the passengers on board and also to their families. Keep strong and safe."

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