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LAST_UPDATEThu, 23 Nov 2017 6pm

Beware! Fake News Site Spreading Rumours MH370 Pilot In Taiwan Hospital

As the United States has announced to join the team of Chinese, Australian and Dutch investigators in search of missing Boeing plane, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a report has surfaced that its Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, has mysteriously reappeared in a Taiwan hospital on Monday.

World News Daily Report cited the 53-year-old pilot who was suffering from severe dehydration and regressive amnesia finally woke up after 16 hours in the hospital but couldn’t remember his name.

According to the site, he “was transported at the Taipei Adventist Hospital by a couple of villagers from a nearby town, lying unconscious on the banks of the Tangshui River.”

However, Snopes.com has confirmed that the reports were fake and the origins of the story came from Link Beef that published the article on 10 February 2016.

A picture published of a patient lying in the hospital, was also debunked by the site.

“The purported image of Ahmad Shah that appeared at the top of the article did not actually depict the pilot of the missing jetliner.

“A January 2014 news article identified the individual in the photograph as Burmese man Aung Myo Oo,” it wrote.

The report from the fake website also quoted “Dr. Syed Boon Sulong” commenting on the patient’s wellbeing.

“The patient is still very weak and sick, and his brain seems to be blocking access to a certain part of his memory, in order to protect him from pain that these memories could generate. His health is too fragile for the moment, but over time, he should able to remember everything.”

Snopes.com claims the doctor depicted in Link Beef's article was identified in a separate, unrelated article as Dr. Jeyaindran Sinnadurai (not Dr. Syed Boon Sulong).

“As suggested by the misattributed and unrelated photographs, there was no truth to the claim that the pilot of missing MH370 was found alive and well in 2016.

Link Beef is one of a number of fake news sites that traffics in publishing fictional clickbait stories. Unlike other "satire" web sites, Link Beef features no disclaimer warning readers its content is entirely fabricated,” stated Snopes.com.

Captain Ahmad Zaharie was a veteran pilot who joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981, and had more than 18,000 hours of flying experience.

In an interview with news.com.au previously, his sister, Sakinab Shah, said he would never compromise the safety of his passengers, and wants the world to know he is a loving man who would stop at nothing to render help when it is needed.

MH370 disappeared March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. All 239 people on board are presumed dead, and so far, only one confirmed piece of debris from the plane has been discovered: a flaperon wing part.

 

-mD