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Sister of MH370 pilot breaks silence in Channel NewsAsia special

The sister of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has broken her silence to defend her brother's name.

SINGAPORE: The sister of the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has broken her silence to defend her brother's name.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah remains under suspicion for the plane's disappearance.

In the first-ever television interview granted by his siblings, Sakinab Ahmad Shah appears on "The Mystery of MH370", a Channel NewsAsia special that examines the events of March 8.

Captain Zaharie is seen by some as the man with the best opportunity and capability if the plane's disappearance was caused by deliberate human action.

But Ms Sakinab rejects the notion that her brother was responsible.

The search for the plane has crossed its fourth month.

Efforts are now being directed at an area of the southern Indian Ocean, which satellite data suggests is the final resting place of Boeing Triple 7 jetliner.

Data shows that the plane continued flying for over six hours after disappearing from radar.

Ms Sakinab said: “We couldn't figure out why somebody who would want to commit suicide would prolong the agony of flying for four, five, six hours just to land down there.

“If it was done, if he was the one who planned it, he has to be some kind of Einstein, which he was not.

“He was just a man who took so much to aviation. He loved aviation, he spent a lot of his funds buying model airplanes. If he could, I think he would attach wings to himself and fly -- he loved flying that much.”

"The Mystery of MH370" airs on Sunday (July 13) at 8pm, only on Channel NewsAsia. 

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