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    Mar 18, 2014

    First officer of MH370 was planning to wed AirAsia pilot


    MR FARIQ Abdul Hamid, the first officer of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, was planning to marry a fellow pilot from another airline.

    A report in the Sabah-based Daily Express said that captain Nadira Ramli, 26, who flies with AirAsia, is a daughter of a senior Malaysia Airlines pilot.

    She is now with Mr Fariq's distraught mother at an undisclosed hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

    The Daily Express and several news portals claimed that Ms Nadira had been given a month's leave to allow her to cope with her sadness over her 27-year-old boyfriend's disappearance with 11 other crew members and 227 passengers.

    Both had studied at a Langkawi pilot school and had known each other for nine years.

    The paper added that Ms Nadira was the youngest child of captain Ramli Ibrahim and Ms Nancy Jipanis of Penampang in Sabah.

    The daily quoted a relative in Kota Kinabalu as saying Ms Nadira was calm, acting as a pillar of strength to Mr Fariq's mother.

    Ms Nancy and her husband were reportedly upset with the press and social media for churning "all sorts of stories" about the missing jet.

    The daily said Mr Fariq, the youngest son of Selangor Public Works Department deputy director Abdul Hamid Mad Daud, had intended to marry Ms Nadira soon.

    The co-pilot was earlier accused in an Australian television report of allowing two young South African women into the cockpit of a plane he piloted in 2011, breaching security rules imposed after the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

    But acquaintances have attested to his good character.

    He is a mild-mannered "good boy" who visited his neighbourhood mosque outside Kuala Lumpur regularly, said the mosque's imam, or spiritual leader.