Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:30:00 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider

Police probe flight engineer on missing plane

The aviation engineer is Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, 29, a Malaysian who has said on social media he had worked for a private jet charter company.

Malaysian police are investigating a flight engineer who was among the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane, as they focus on the pilots and anyone else on board who had technical flying knowledge, a senior police official said.

The aviation engineer is Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, 29, a Malaysian who has said on social media he had worked for a private jet charter company.

"Yes, we are looking into Mohd Khairul as well as the other passengers and crew. The focus is on anyone else who might have had aviation skills on that plane," a senior police official with knowledge of the investigations told Reuters.

Malaysian investigators are trawling through the backgrounds of the pilots, crew and ground staff who worked on the missing Boeing 777-200ER for clues as to why someone on board flew it hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of miles off course.

No trace of the plane has been found more than a week after it vanished but investigators believe it was diverted by someone with deep knowledge of the plane and of commercial navigation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said on Saturday evidence pointed to a deliberate diversion of the flight, given the controlled way it was apparently turned around and flown far to the west of its original route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

A flight engineer is responsible for overseeing systems on a plane during flights to confirm they are working correctly and to make repairs if necessary.

As an engineer specialising in executive jets, Khairul would not necessarily have all the knowledge needed to divert and fly a large jetliner.

Khairul had said he worked for a Swiss-based jet charter firm called Execujet Aviation Group, but the company declined to say whether it still employed him. In a picture posted on Khairul's Facebook account in 2011, he identified himself as an employee of Execujet's Malaysian operations.

"We can't disclose anything. We want to protect the family's privacy," an official at the company's Malaysian office said.

Khairul, a father of one daughter, had recently bought a house on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, and had more than 10 years experience as a flight engineer, his father Selamat Omar told Reuters. He declined to say whether he believed his son could have been involved in any foul play.

Selamat said he and other family members were supposed to visit Khairul's new house this month. But Khairul had told his father on Thursday he had to go for a job in Beijing and that they would reschedule. That was the last time they spoke.

"Khairul was doing well in his job and was a good son. He would come visit us at least once a month," Selamat said. - Reuters.

Mar 17, 2014 3:22AM

Well good at fixing aircraft doesn't mean good in flying an aircraft

The manoeuvre to do a low flying stunt above sea level to avoid radar is suppose to the work of a seasoned pilot. Either way, the pilot is connected somehow. Whether it is a negative connection or otherwise is yet to be determined at the moment.

One thing for sure is our military and government sucks big time despite billions poured into defence. A freaking huge metal bird cruising back in Msian airspace in a clear weather without transponder on and escaped. Mind you this is a commercial airliner and not a combat stealth aircraft. I guess Msia would only know about a possible attack after a ballistic missile hits Putrajaya.

Still want to say they are good? Lahad datu proved it, MH370 proved it. What next?

Mar 17, 2014 2:23AM
something is fishy here if the write up is true.  more than 10 years experience as a flight engineer, if he is 29 yrs old, then he became a fli8ght engineer at 19. wow. Inthe STAR newspaper,the words of the father sounds ......
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