KUWAIT — Subhi Naim Youssef, the Iraqi pilot of hijacked Kuwait Airways Flight 422, used to tell his family and passengers that flying was safer than driving a car.
"It was like a proverb for him," said his daughter Jenny, 22, in a telephone interview. "He used it to calm down people who went aboard the plane."
With her mother and two brothers, Jenny has been following the hijacking as the plane went first to Iran, then Cyprus and now Algeria.
Her father "is a very cool person, very gentle," said Jenny. "He's very caring."
About four days ago, while the hijacked Boeing 747 was on the ground in Larnaca, Cyprus, the pilot radioed the operations room at Kuwait Airways, where Youssef's pilot son Laith works.