Capt Zaharie Ahmad Shah pilot of missing MAS plane

KUALA LUMPUR: The Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight that went missing today was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, said MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

Zaharie joined MAS in 1981 and has chalked up 18,365 flying hours, he told a news conference.

Ahmad Jauhari also said that the first officer of Flight MH370 was Fariq Ab Hamid, 27. Fariq has 2,763 flying hours to his credit, having joined MAS in 2007, he added.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft that went missing is 11 years and 10 months old, said Ahmad Jauhari.

The flight departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am and was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30 am (Beijing time).

It was carrying 227 passengers, two of them infants, and 12 crew. – Bernama