A young woman claims that she had spent the entire time on board a flight in 2011 in the cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing on Saturday.
Jonti Roos, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, came forward alleging the she and her friend Jaan Maree were returning from a vacation in Thailand when Fariq bin Ab Hamid – the co-pilot on the missing plane – and another pilot invited the girls in the cockpit of the flight to Kuala Lumpur, A Current Affair reported. A flight attendant escorted the two to the cabin once they were on board.
“We were standing in line at the boarding gate, just with everybody else and the pilot and co-pilot walked past us and came back and asked us if we would like to sit with them in the cockpit during the flight so obviously we said ‘Yes!’” Roos told the show. “I think anyone would have jumped at the opportunity.”
In an interview with the show, Roos said photographs show her and her friend posing in the cockpit with 27-year-old Ab Hamid on the Boeing 777.
“Throughout the whole flight they were talking to us, they were actually smoking through the flight which I don’t think they’re allowed to be doing. They were taking photos with us in the cockpit while they were flying. I was just completely shocked.”
Like most international airlines, flight MH370 prohibited passengers from going in the cockpit while up in the air, a spokeswoman for Malaysian Airlines told the show.
"We have not been able to confirm the validity of the pictures and videos of the alleged incident," it said in a statement, according to NBC News. "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."
Roos called the pilots were “possibly a little bit sleazy. They asked us if we could arrange our trip to stay in Kuala Lumpur for a few nights … they could take us out.”
She felt safe during the flight, and that the pilots looked competent, she claims.
“I’m really not saying that I think co-pilot was in the wrong on this flight at all,” she said.
Watch A Current Affair's report below: