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The co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was on just his sixth flight in the cockpit of a Boeing 777, the firm's chief executive said Monday.
Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said that First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, had been accompanied by a "check co-pilot" during his previous five trips. This is in line with company policy.
"We did not see any problem with him" and as a result Hamid had been allowed to fly his sixth flight without the check co-pilot on board, the airline boss added.