WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The son of the pilot of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight says his father is not a hijacker.
Breaking his silence for the first time since the jetliner went missing March 8, 26-year-old Ahmad Seth, son of Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, told the New Straits Times he rejects the theories about his father being a “political fanatic” and someone who would hijack a plane.
“I’ve read everything online, but I’ve ignored all the speculation,” Seth said. “I know my father better.”
Despite what’s being portrayed about his father, Seth does not hold resentment toward what people and experts are saying.
“We may not be as close as he travels so much, but I understand him,” Seth told New Straits Times.
Seth is still holding onto some hope that there are survivors from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, despite Malaysian officials and the airline concluding that the 239 on board are dead.
“Now, we are just waiting for the right confirmation,” Seth said. “I will believe it when I see the proof in front of my eyes.”
Bangkok officials said Thursday that a Thai satellite detected about 300 nears near the search area in the southern Indian Ocean for the missing jetliner, but weather has forced a halt in the search once again.
During a press conference Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said terrorism could not be ruled out.
“I don’t think at this point we can rule anything in or out. I think we have to continue to search, as we are,” Hagel said. “And you know the United States continues to stay committed.”