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March 11th, 2014
11:09 PM ET

Woman claims to have spent 2011 flight in cockpit with currently missing co-pilot: "They were smoking...they were posing for pictures"

Of the 239 people missing with Flight 370, among them are the crew, including co-pilot Fariq Ab Hamid. In the days since the aircrafts mysterious disappearance, new information from Hamid's career has surfaced, including an occasion in 2011 during which he's said to have invited a pair of young women into the cockpit for an unauthorized visit.

On Tuesday evening, one of the women – Jonti Roos – joined "Piers Morgan Live" to describe the event:

"My friend and I were standing in line at the boarding gate with all the other passengers waiting to board. And the co-pilots and pilots walked past us, and then came back to us and asked us if we would like to sit with them in the cockpit during the flight. We said 'yes,'" explained Roos, appearing via Skype from Australia. "We boarded the plane normally with all the other passengers and went to our seats. A short while after taking our seats, an air hostess came to us and asked us if we would like to move into the cockpit, after which we did. And that's where we spent the flight."

Displaying photographs of herself, her friend and Hamid, Ross offered additional information from the flight in question, including claims of cockpit behavior that would seem to be far too casual and unprofessional for an occupation that places a premium on safety and professionalism:

"They were smoking, and yes, they were posing for pictures," she told Morgan, referring to Hamid and his co-worker. "I was pretty surprised by it, but I thought that the fact that they were doing it must mean that it's something that happens quite often. I didn't realize how much against regulation it was. I actually thought it was something that was allowed with them doing it, I assumed they were allowed to be doing it."

In response to these recent claims, the airline released a statement condemning the bahvior, and pledging to investigate fully:

"Malaysia Airlines has become aware of the allegations being made against First Officer, Fariq Ab Hamid which we take very seriously. We are shocked by these allegations. We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident. As you are aware, we are in the midst of a crisis, and we do not want our attention to be diverted ... The welfare of both the crew and passenger’s families remain our focus. At the same time, the security and safety of our passengers is of the utmost importance to us."

Watch the above clip for more of Piers Morgan's conversation with Roos, and for the latest updates on the missing flight, tune to CNN television, and cnn.com.
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    I don't believe this gal for a second

    perhaps another diversion?

    and why are the pilot's eyes closed in every photo...was the guy passed out??

    March 12, 2014 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    The security slip-up seems to be more serious that what we thought...it's unimaginable that all sorts of stupid things are being uncovered as days go by. Now, what have you got to say, MAS?

    March 12, 2014 at 6:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
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