The pilot of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane made a mystery phone call just minutes before flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur, it emerged last night.
Investigators are now urgently trying to work out who Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah spoke to in the cockpit before the plane took off on March 8.
They have refused to publicly comment on the investigation, reported The Sun.
Investigators are now urgently trying to work out who Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah spoke to before the plane took off on March 8.
Investigators are still looking into the pilot’s background although yesterday Malaysia’s defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference he is considered innocent until proven guilty of any wrongdoing, and that members of his family are cooperating in the investigation.
Meanwhile today search aircraft and ships are investigating two objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia that could be debris from a Malaysian jetliner missing for 12 days with 239 people on board.
Australian officials said the objects were spotted by satellite four days ago in one of the remotest parts of the globe, around 2,500 km (1,500 miles) southwest of Perth in the vast oceans between Australia, southern Africa and Antarctica.
The larger of the objects measured up to 24 metres (79 ft), long and appeared to be floating on water several thousand metres deep, they said. The second object was about 5 metres (16 feet) long.
The hunt for the Boeing 777 has been punctuated by several false leads since it disappeared March 8 above the Gulf of Thailand.
Most of the relatives said they did not want to comment until there was more solid information out of Australia.
One father was adamant that he would not give up hope saying: ‘Nothing is definite. I hope my sons returns. My son is still alive.’
Another family member refused to be drawn on the news saying: ‘We can’t respond to the news until it is definitely confirmed. We are still waiting.’
Discussing the families’ ordeal Malaysia’s Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said today: ‘My sympathies, my heart is with them all the time.’