If there are modern day Kamikaze pilots, they are in fact Muslims who use terror. The most notorious are the 19 hijackers of 9/11. All were Muslim and all had a similar yet different purpose than the WWII version. The Japanese brand included one dead pilot and military targets. Islamic jihadist pilots don’t just kill themselves but also their innocent passengers and sometimes civilians on the ground.
As Shoebat.com reported recently the pilot of Asia Airlines Flight QZ8501 was a devout Muslim and former Air Force pilot named Captain Iriyanto, who may have murdered Christians while in the Air Force. Despite these realities being extremely relevant in light of the war that western civilization is fighting, no mainstream media outlet seems interested in mentioning it.
Missing Malaysia Flight MH370 was likewise piloted by a devout Muslim named Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who was also a political activist. The co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid was likewise a practicing Muslim. The circumstances surrounding MH370 include the bizarre shut down of virtually all of the plane’s communication systems.
While it’s important not to jump to conclusions in either case as the facts are not known, it’s equally important to determine the profiles of Muslim Kamikaze Jihad pilots. We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of MH370 disappearing and it has not been solved. As far as QZ8501, there is little to no interest in pointing out that the pilot was a devout Muslim who came from the most heavily populated Muslim country in the world – Indonesia.
In 1999, a Muslim Kamikaze Jihad pilot named Gamil el-Batouty killed 217 people when he commandeered EgyptAir Flight 990 which crashed off the coast of New England. El-Batouty was heard saying several times during the plane’s descent, “I rely on Allah” in Arabic. A 2002 report from the Guardian didn’t point out the possibility that el-Batouty’s religion may have played a role, only that he was seeking revenge for being reprimanded for sexual misconduct.
Experts informed viewers of Egyptian television that it was impossible for el Batouty to have taken his own life because he was a good Muslim and suicide is haram (forbidden) in Islam.
For the record, all 19 hijackers on 9/11 considered themselves “good” Muslims who were committing suicide while killing infidels. As we have learned, the fundamentalist tactic known as Muruna even permits the killing of other Muslims in the process if it serves a greater “good”.
Here is a video which shows a timeline for Flight 990:
Silk Air Flight MI185
Another case of terrorism and murder / suicide from the cockpit on the part of an airline pilot appears to have been the cause behind the crash of Singapore’s Silk Air Flight MI185 on December 19, 1997. An ex-fighter pilot as well, Captain Tsu Way Ming had a 17-year career with the Singapore Air Force before leaving in 1992 to fly commercial airliners.
As would one day be the case with Malaysia Flight MH370 in 2014, MI185’s communication devices were curiously shut off. Evidence would later indicate, intentionally by Tsu:
The cockpit voice recorder was turned off, something that could only be accomplished by the cockpit crew, given that radio communication continued and there were no power problems reported. A few minutes later, the flight data recorder was also deliberately turned off. A few minutes later, the passengers were faced with the ultimate horror. The aircraft maneuvered into a banking climb, then a steep, controlled, spiraling dive, at full power. In the two minutes it took for the aircraft to descend from 35,000 feet, its airspeed exceeded Mach 1.2, well beyond the aircraft’s Vne, or Never Exceed speed.
Soon thereafter, the plane slammed into the Musi River in Indonesia.
Information about Tsu’s religious background is incredibly difficult to find. Singapore’s population is primarily comprised of Chinese, Malays and Indians. Based on the photo of Tsu, he doesn’t appear to have been Indian. That leaves Chinese, which has historically accounted for approximately 76% of Singapore’s population and Malays, which account for about 14%. However, a whopping 99.6% of all Malays in Singapore are Muslim.
As for the investigation, due to the fact that the plane crashed in Indonesian territory, the entity charged with leading the investigation was Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC). The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) assisted with the investigation but NTSC was responsible for issuing a conclusive report.
Indonesia is the most heavily populated Muslim nation in the world with nearly 90% of Indonesians being Muslim. While Tsu’s religion at the time of his death is not known, the religion of the lead investigator – Oetarjo Diran – is; he was Muslim.
Despite overwhelming evidence that Tsu intentionally crashed the plane, Diran rejected this possibility. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Diran arrived at this conclusion because Singaporean police did not find a suicide note.
The conclusion outraged NTSB Chairman Jim Hall, who was convinced Tsu intentionally crashed the plane:
Hall said the crash “can be explained by intentional pilot action.” The airplane’s descent, he said, was “consistent with sustained manual nose-down flight control inputs” most likely made by the captain.
Recovery of the plane from its dive “was possible but not attempted,” Hall said. “The evidence suggests that the cockpit voice recorder was intentionally disconnected.”
The Los Angeles Times relayed claims that Diran’s religious bias may have had an effect on his ruling:
Some critics have accused Diran of trying to cover up for Singapore, which has many financial ties to Indonesia. Others suggest that he refused to reach a conclusion of suicide because of his Muslim beliefs. But the professor dismisses such claims.
“I don’t think being a Muslim will make me not objective,” he said. “All they can say is that I am stupid, not that I am intentionally covering up.”
Coupled with a report that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, those concerns may have been justified:
Sources in Singapore say the strong Muslim beliefs of the chief investigator of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), Professor Oetarjo Diran, could prejudice a finding of pilot suicide as the single cause of the crash.
They say Professor Diran has admitted he does not want relatives of the victims receiving insurance monies from an event that was the will of Allah.
“Professor Diran does not want his investigation involved in litigation,” one highly placed source said. “He says if today is your day to die, so be it. He said it is not proper to claim for God’s will.”
This was a potentially huge revelation as it could have reflected a belief on the part of Diran that Tsu was a Muslim who carried out the will of Allah. There were indications that Tsu had personal and financial problems, as well as incidents in the past that included another time when he shut off the voice recorder, which was a serious offense that led to his demotion.
In an article that appeared in the China Morning Post, Brent Hayward, president of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association (AAPA), Tsu behaved more like a terrorist hellbent on ending innocent lives than someone who was simply suicidal:
“Jumping off a bridge or gassing oneself is a very different affair from killing yourself and 103 innocent people,” said Mr Hayward. “Most people only want to harm themselves – they don’t have violent thoughts towards others. If this is found to be suicide, it’s much more complex. It’s a very aggressive, possibly vindictive act aimed at getting back at someone or something. It’s one thing to act against a company, it’s another thing to act against all the people down the back of the plane who are relying on him to get from A to B.”
More needs to be known about Tsu in order to come to the conclusion that he was a Muslim or influenced by Islam to the point of terrorism and mass murder / suicide. In many ways, isn’t that the point? Shouldn’t we know these things? This accident occurred four years before the 9/11 attacks but Tsu’s religious background was not a point of interest and is very difficult to determine even today.
Here is a very good, short documentary about the crash. Note that neither the Islamic background of the NTSC lead investigator nor the religious background of Tsu is mentioned:
Royal Air Maroc Flight 630
On August 21, 1994 Moroccan pilot Younes Khayati intentionally crashed the plane he was piloting. The crash resulted in the deaths of 44 passengers and crew. Interestingly, Flight 630’s demise transpired similarly to Silk Air Flight 185. The pilot began the steep descent soon after takeoff and the voice recorder was shut off.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the co-pilot – as was most likely the case with the Silk Air Flight was one of the victims and not part of the suicide mission. Again, despite all the evidence of Jihad, the motive was attributed to a lovers’ quarrel. Keep in mind that this crash took place long after the first World Trade Center attack should have awakened the American people to Jihad:
The co-pilot on a Royal Air Maroc flight sent a distress signal when the pilot directed the plane earthward in a suicide dive that killed 44 passengers and crew, investigators said Thursday.
But she was unable to stop her colleague from carrying out his suicidal impulses.
“Help, help! The captain is . . . ,” co-pilot Sofia Figugui screamed.
Her pleas, registered on flight recorders, were cut off, said French aeronautics officials who examined the communication.
Agence France-Presse, a French news agency, quoted sources close to the inquiry commission as saying the pilot was driven to suicide by a failed love affair.
But Mohamed Mouffid, president of the investigative commission, said he could not confirm the report.
For the record, Morocco is between 95% – 99% Muslim. In this particular case, a Muslim pilot decided that suicide was not enough; he needed to commit an act of terrorism and mass murder. As was the case with the lead investigator in the Silk Air crash, who was a Muslim, the Moroccan Assn. of Navigators, a predominantly Muslim organization appeared to run interference for the pilot.
In the days after the obvious motive behind the mass murder / suicide, the Associated Press went with the line that it was solely about Khayati’s failed love life:
Agence France-Presse, the French news agency, reported that “romantic reasons” may have driven the pilot to end his life.
“The reasons for this crazy act lie solely in the romantic life of pilot Younes Khayati,” the agency quoted sources close to the inquiry commission as saying.
When one examines the circumstances surrounding this crash and Silk Air Flight 185, it’s conceivable that al-Qaeda was taking notes and that these incidents contributed to the 9/11 plot that saw Muslims commandeer four flights soon after take-off. Had western media been more interested in the Muslim angles to both the Indonesian and Moroccan flights, perhaps future lives could have been saved.
Japan Airlines Flight 350
On February 9, 1982, a pilot named Seiji Katagiri attempted to intentionally crash the commercial airliner he was piloting. Of the 166 passengers on board, 24 were killed. When throwing engines into sudden reverse, the plane began a premature descent despite the crew’s attempts to regain control.
The plane landed in shallow water close to the runway. Katagiri was among the first group of people to get into a lifeboat. After ditching and adjusting his clothing, he convinced authorities that he was an office worker to avoid being detected. Katagiri was later found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Ironically, a pilot from the country that invented Kamikaze flights, Katagiri failed miserably if that was his intention. Aside from the fact that 1982 was well before the modern incarnation of Kamikaze Jihad pilots, Katagiri simply doesn’t fit the profile of any of the other pilots who intentionally murdered every passenger on board.
Mozambique Airlines Flight TM470
While there are recorded incidents of pilots committing suicide by crashing their planes, incidents when pilots commit terrorism and mass murder / suicide are rare. Aside from the incidents chronicled above, the only other suspected case happened on November 29, 2013 when Mozambique Airlines Flight TM470, piloted by Hermínio dos Santos Fernandes crashed on its way to Angola.
There were similarities to other such incidents. According to an article in International Business Times:
João Abreu, head of the Institute of Civil Aviation of Mozambique, said the jet dove toward the ground at 6,000 feet a minute. Data from the cockpit voice recorder indicate that minutes before the crash, the co-pilot left the cockpit for the bathroom, and returned to find the door shut. The flight data recorder, or black box, indicates according to preliminary results that the captain manually changed on the autopilot the flight altitude from 38,000 feet to below ground level. He also retarded the engine throttles to idle and manually selected the maximum operating speed — a contradictory action that makes little sense. The voice recorder shows that someone, likely the first officer, pounded on the cockpit door before the crash.
Consistent with the other incidents is either the inability or incapacitation of the co-pilot or other crew members when it came to regaining control of the plane. The findings above seem to indicate that Fernandes did not shut off the voice recorder but did prevent the co-pilot from entering the cockpit. While the religious affiliation of Fernandes could not be determined, the name seems to suggest that he was not a Muslim.
What the Evidence Shows
When it comes to modern day Islamic terrorism on western airlines, it can be argued that the modern era began in 1985 with the hijacking of TWA Flight 847. This airline wasn’t commandeered to commit suicide and mass murder; such a tactic hadn’t been implemented yet. Though terrorists took control of the plane, they simply forced the pilot to land in Beirut before making their demands.
While the hijackers did murder a U.S. service member named Robert Stethem before dumping his body off the plane, they didn’t yet have aspirations to be martyred in such operations. There were also survivors.
It can therefore be logically concluded that when it comes to modern day Kamikaze jihad, it’s ironic that individuals like Seiji Katagiri can be excluded. He should not be included in the post 1985 era. As for candidates that qualify as modern day Muslim Jihad Kamikazes…
Younes Khayati – 1994
Tsu Way Ming – 1997
Gamil el-Batouty – 1999
Khalid Al-Midhar – 2001
Majed Moqed – 2001
Nawaq Alhamzi – 2001
Salem Alhamzi – 2001
Hani Hanjour – 2001
Satam Al Suqami – 2001
Waleed M. Alshehri – 2001
Wail Alshehri – 2001
Mohamed Atta – 2001
Abdulaziz Alomari – 2001
Marwan Al-Shehhi – 2001
Fayez Ahmed – 2001
Ahmed Alghamdi – 2001
Hamza Alghamdi – 2001
Mohald Alshehri – 2001
Saeed Alghamdi – 2001
Ahmed Alhaznawi – 2001
Ahmed Alnami – 2001
Ziad Jarrahi – 2001
Zaccarias Moussaoui – 2001
*Richard Reed – 2001
*Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – 2009
Zaharie Ahmad – 2014
Fariq Abdul Hamid – 2014
Captain Iriyanto – 2014
*Though Muslims who attempted to die in acts of suicide / mass murder, these two jihadists attempted to do so without seizing control of the cockpit.
Until more information can be gleaned – which SHOULD be readily available – about Santos Fernandes, it can be assumed that his name does not lend itself to Kamikaze Jihad. Since Fernandes falls within the window of modern day Kamikaze Jihad, his incident shall be considered an outlier. It’s worth noting that since 1994, the only incident of possible pilot suicide / mass murder that doesn’t appear to have a Muslim connection involves Fernandes. He is not on this list primarily because his name indicates he was not a Muslim. However, little is publicly known about him and an Islamic motive cannot officially be ruled out.
Unless western civilization comes to grips with the Muslim Kamikaze Jihad mentality, we can expect an increase in the number of Muslim commercial airline pilots. As that number increases, we can also expect an increase in the number of Muslim Kamikaze Jihad attacks.
**UPDATE at 10:15am ET on January 4, 2015**
Hermínio dos Santos Fernandes a Muslim?
Just wanted to move a comment we received below up to the body of the post. According to “FF”, the suicidal pilot from Mozambique had a Portuguese name but if he converted to Islam, he may have kept that name:
Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony, from the extinct Portuguese empire, and Hermínio dos Santos Fernandes is 100% portuguese based. Changing name is not a portuguese cultural habit, and (until recently) something very hard to accomplish.
Mozambique is just under 18% Muslim as of 2007 so factoring in FF’s claims, the odds Fernandes could have been a Muslim might be higher than previously thought.
Isn’t the biggest problem of all the fact that we’re not told one way or the other in these cases and that more blood ends up on the hands of those who refuse to profile with each new incident?