Malaysia minister slams claim that MH370 pilot took his own life

Pilot Zaharie Ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR - The claim in a book that MH370 pilot Capt Zaharie Ahmad committed suicide will only create more anxiety and trauma for the families and friends of those on board, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

Slamming a Huffington Post article which had carried the report, Anifah said he was surprised and disappointed that such a reputable news site could publish unproven claims.

"Ewan Wilson's theory regarding Captain Zaharie Shah's mental condition has no basis whatsoever but only manages to create more anxiety and trauma for the families and friends of the deceased.

"No thought or consideration is given to the victims' loved ones as they await news of the missing plane and the circumstances under which it came to grief," said Anifah in a statement here yesterday.

The article, published on Sept 16, had quoted a Birmingham Mail report in which Kiwi Airlines founder and New Zealand air accident investigator Ewan Wilson claimed that it was likely that Capt Zaharie was mentally ill and committed suicide, taking everyone on the plane with him on March 8.

Wilson, who penned the book on MH370 titled Good Night Malaysian 370: The Truth Behind The Loss Of Flight 370, had said there had been five previous incidents of "murder/suicide" in the aviation industry over the last 30 years.

He had claimed in his book that Capt Zaharie killed the passengers by cutting off oxygen supply in the plane before he "deliberately ditched it in the Indian Ocean".

Anifah said it was disappointing that Huffington Post had deemed it fit to publish the article without considering the feelings of those affected by the disappearance.

Capt Zaharie, 53, had been a staple in media speculation after it was announced that the plane was deliberately diverted off course shortly before vanishing.

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