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Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Two Iranian men identified as stolen passport holders on missing Malaysia Airlines flight

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 4:17pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 1:22pm

Two men flying on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were tonight identified by Interpol as passengers who used Iranian passports to fly from Doha to Kuala Lumpur, before boarding the ill-fated flight to Beijing using stolen documents.

After earlier speculation that up to five stolen passports were being used on the flight, Interpol tonight confirmed that the only stolen passports used by passengers on board were those of an Italian and an Austrian. They were taken from their owners in Thailand during separate incidents.

Secretary General of Interpol, Ronald Noble, appealed for the public's help in identifying the two Iranian men, named as Pouri Nour Mohammadi, 19, and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29.

During a press conference he displayed a picture of the pair boarding a plane at the same time.

“We know that once these individuals arrived in Kuala Lumpur on the 20th of February, they boarded flight 370 using different identities: a stolen Austrian and a stolen Italian passport," he said.

"We are in the process of asking our member countries around the world to provide us with any additional information concerning the images, the names on the passport and the passport numbers."

He said recent information gathered on the men made terrorism a less likely cause of its disappearance on Saturday night, an hour after take-off.

An extensive air and sea search focussing on a huge area of land and sea has failed to turn up any evidence of a crash.

Watch: What we know about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

At an earlier press conference Malaysian police released a CCTV image of one of the teenagers wearing a dark T-shirt. He said he had been travelling using the stolen Austrian passport belonging to a man named Christian Kozel.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakak said the investigation into the disappearance of the flight on Saturday night was focussing on four possibilites - hijack, sabotage, psychological problems of the passengers and crew; and personal problems among passengers and crew.

"Maybe somebody on the flight has bought a huge sum of insurance, who wants family to gain from it or somebody who has owed somebody so much money, you know, we are looking at all possibilities," he said, outlining possible reasons why somebody would want to down an aircraft.

"We are looking very closely at the video footage taken at the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), we are studying the behavioral pattern of all the passengers," he added.

He said investigation into the theories was being carried out "slowly, one by one".

He added: "We are working with Iranian authorities [on the case]."

Bakak said that the mother of the Iranian teenager had contacted Malaysian authorities after her son did not arrive in Frankfurt where she claimed she was waiting for him.

“That’s why we knew he’s the one travelling on that stolen passport,” the police chief said.

“It is likely that he is not a member of a terrorist group,” Bakak added, saying authorities had made all efforts to probe his background."

However, Bakak did not rule out terrorism as a possibility for the disappearance of the plane. “I would not say [terrorism is] less likely," he said.

In answer to a reporter's question he said police were also investigating the possibility that a bomb had been loaded into the cargo hold.

A mass air and sea search has failed to find any signs of the aircraft, which disappeared off the radar at 1.30am local time on Saturday. Malaysia Airlines was informed by the country's civil aviation authorities of the disappearance an hour later.

The Boeing 777-200ER had 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.

Correction: A previous version stated the suspect's name as Douria. It is Pouri.


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malacca strait - look it up with mh370
no need comment here on this ridiculous comment section. you guys are so behind
In Chinese websites there are now pictures appearing of Aussie girls in the cockpit with the same pilots taking pictures, wearing their pilot hats etc. made 2 years ago. Apparently these guys don't take security seriously . Next to that there are so many "strange" comments coming from Malaysian authorities as now their military said they had a signal above the straight of Malacca from the plane which means it should have flown back and crossed over Malaysia. Someone apparently knows more then they like the rest of us to know, where is the NSA or Snowdon when you really need them!
How about the plain being shot down acidently?
Did anyone noticed that the bottom part of the photo's are identical so at least one is incorrect or photoshopped as they have the same legs, same position and same trouser
Dude, those are Balotelli's trousers, they all look the same. Your tinfoil hat just slipped across your eyes, but maybe a qualified optician is in order.
Ayatollah so!


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