MH370, which mysteriously went missing more than five years ago, was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Captain Zaharie Shah last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea. However, a pilot who was flying 30 minutes ahead of MH370 has claimed he made contact with the doomed jet at 1:30am via the plane’s emergency frequency.
It was revealed during the first episode of YouTube series, “Lost flight MH370”, how Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Air Traffic Control requested pilots of commercial flights in close proximity to MH370 to try to make contact with the plane.
According to one pilot, he was successful.
The Boeing 777 captain, who asked to not be named, said he was on his way to Narita, Japan, when he got through to MH370.
He told New Straits Times in 2014: “We managed to establish contact with MH370 just after 1.30am and asked them if they had transferred into Vietnamese airspace.
“The voice on the other side could have been either Captain Zaharie Shah or Fariq Abdul Hamid, but I was sure it was the co-pilot.
“There was 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 said anyone in the vicinity and on the same frequency would also have heard the exchange, including any vessels on the waters below.
However, the pilot revealed the severity of the situation was not clear.
He added: “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.”
It comes after Ghyslain Wattrelos, a distraught relative whose wife and two children were on board the doomed jet made a shock claim MH370 was shot down.