From thread #5 (feels like eons ago)
User currently offlineloladaisydukes From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 11 posts, RR
Reply 121, posted Sat Mar 8 2014 15:27:31 your local time (2 weeks 5 days 8 hours 48 minutes ago) and read 91883 times:
MISSING MH370: Pilot: I established contact with plane
'INTERFERENCE': Pilot in another plane was flying 30 minutes ahead of MH370
SEPANG: A BOEING 777 pilot, who was flying 30 minutes ahead of the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, said he established contact with MH370 minutes after he was asked to do so by Vietnamese air traffic control.
The captain, who asked to not be named, said his plane, which was bound for Narita, Japan, was far into Vietnamese airspace when he was asked to relay, using his plane's emergency frequency, to MH370 for the latter to establish its position, as the authorities could not contact the aircraft.
"We managed to establish contact with MH370 just after 1.30am and asked them if they have transferred into Vietnamese airspace.
"The voice on the other side could have been either Captain Zaharie (Ahmad Shah, 53,) or Fariq (Abdul Hamid, 27), but I was sure it was the co-pilot.
"There were a lot of interference... static... but I heard mumbling from the other end.
"That was the last time we heard from them, as we lost the connection," he told the New Sunday Times.
He said those on the same frequency at the time would have heard the exchange.
This, he said, would include vessels on the waters below.
He said he thought nothing of it, as the occurrence (of losing contact) was normal, until it was established that MH370 never landed.
"If the plane was in trouble, we would have heard the pilot making the Mayday distress call. But I am sure that, like me, no one else up there heard it.
"Following the silence, a repeat request was made by the Vietnamese authorities to try establishing contact with them."
Document is from the Straits Times newspaper published on 09 March 2014
Plus two questions:
- what would be the purpose of making up that story? Clearly the pilot does not want to be in the limelight.
- how did they know on 09 March that the air to air link would be of bad quality because it is only becoming more and more accepted that the airplane descended to a low altitude on its way to Kota Bharu, If both had been at FL350 30min apart as could be expected, the comm should has worked just fine.
[Edited 2014-03-28 09:55:25]