Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Breaking News: #MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing flight : Updated: 1930/11March2014

Second mystery passenger identified

UPDATE [6:29pm]: Interpol has identified second passenger who used stolen passport to board MH370. He is also an Iranian, named Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, born on 21 Sept 1984.

Interpol Secretary General stressed that both identities were based on the information on the Iranian passports they used to enter Malaysia on Feb 28, and asked the media and public to help confirm if the information was true.

He added that neither of the Iranian passports were listed on the Interpol database as stolen or missing, which is why they would not have triggered any red flags.

Meanwhile, relatives of passengers are claiming that phones are still ringing when they try calling them. Full story here.
UPDATE [5:50pm]: Strange reports have emerged that MH370 was detected at the Straits of Malacca at about 2:40am on Saturday. Further info here.

Meanwhile, under fire over MH370, Immigration chief insists security SOPs were followed. Details here.
Also, Vietnamese officials say they are preparing for the worst, in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Full story here.

UPDATE [3.42pm]: From the press conference by Malaysian Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar:

The identity of the passenger traveling with a stolen Austrian passport: He is  Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19 from Iran.  He was traveling to Germany, where his mother had been waiting for him, with plans to migrate. His mother got in touch with Malaysian police when he failed to arrive and confirmed that she had known that he was traveling with a stolen passport. Checks on him found that he was 'not likely to be a member of any terrorist group'. He entered Malaysia on Feb 28. Read it here.
Iranian youth used stolen Austrian passport, says top cop
The identity of the second passenger traveling on a stolen Italian passport has yet to be revealed.

Police also confirmed that there were no passengers who checked in for the flight and did not board. Full story here.

Police are investigating the matter from four angles: hijacking, sabotage, psychological problems among the passengers and crew and personal problems among passengers and crew.

Asked to elaborate what personal problems meant he said there may have been someone on the flight who wanted the family to gain from a large insurance sum or there may have been someone who was in financial debt. "We are looking at all possibilities," Khalid said.
UPDATE [2.26pm]: An American satellite imaging company - DigitalGlobe - is getting the public to help analyse high-resolution images for any sign of the missing plane. Full story here.
UPDATE[1.42pm]: Twelve colleagues, a family of three, a couple on honeymoon and a woman who had just celebrated her retirement over lunch earlier that day. These are some of the 38 Malaysians on board MH370. Read it here.
UPDATE [12.21pm]: Malaysia Airlines says the B777-200 aircraft that operated MH370 underwent maintenance 12 days before the flight and was due to be checked again on June 19th. The maintenance was conducted at the KLIA hangar and there were no issues on the health of the aircraft. The aircraft was delivered to MAS in 2002 and have since recorded 53,465.21 hours with a total of 7525 cycles. Read more here.

UPDATE [11.45am]: Media reports say the two passengers travelling with stolen passports on board MH370 were Iranians. A friend of one of the passengers said he had hosted the pair in Kuala Lumpur days before their flight to Beijing. The friend claimed that the men had bought the fake passports as they wanted to migrate to Europe. Read it here.
UPDATE [10.55am]: Was it a bomb, hijacking, pilot error or mechanical failure? CNN polled experts and laid out four possible scenarios and the related facts.  Read it here.
UPDATE [9.45am]:  U.S. and European government sources close to the probe say investigators are skeptical over a theory that the missing aircraft was the target of an attack. Full story here.

UPDATE [9.30am]:  Malaysia Airlines will provide a total of 31,000 yuan (RM16,577) in initial financial assistance for all families of MH370 passengers. Read it here.
UPDATE [7:10am]: The search for MH370 has expanded to 500,000 square nautical miles (1.7mil sq km), from the shores of Sumatra to Hong Kong, as initial leads turned up empty. One thing the search and rescue team know is that the plane is not in the air as it would have run out of fuel by now.Full story here.

Source: Yahoo News


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