Two passengers who were listed on the plane’s records were not on the flight, but had their passports stolen
By John Vibes
MALAYSIA (INTELLIHUB) — Countries across South-East Asia have launched air and sea search operations to find a missing airplane that seems to have vanished.
Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that flight MH370 had disappeared at 02:40 local time on Saturday (18:40 GMT on Friday) after leaving Kuala Lumpur.
It had been expected to land in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT).
Malaysia’s transport minister said there was no information on wreckage.
“We are doing everything in our power to locate the plane,” Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.
The plane reportedly went off the radar south of Vietnam, and according to Malaysian Airlines, it last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu.
While very little information is being released, it does seem that there is a possibility that terrorism is involved.
It has been reported that two passengers who were listed on the plane’s records, an Italian and an Austrian, were not even on the flight, but both reportedly had their passports stolen in Thailand.
Asked whether terrorism was suspected as a reason for the plane’s disappearance, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said: “We are looking at all possibilities, but it is too early to make any conclusive remarks.”
A senior US official told NBC News: “We are aware of the reporting on the two stolen passports. We have not determined a nexus to terrorism yet, although it’s still very early, and that’s by no means definitive.”