Men with stolen passports appear to be non-Asian


Malaysian civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said on Monday that CCTV (closed circuit television) footage of two men known to have been travelling on a missing Malaysia Airlines plane using stolen passports shows they were of a non-Asian appearance.

Azharuddin said during a news briefing in Kuala Lumpur that authorities were looking at the possibility the men were connected to a stolen passport syndicate.

There has been no indication the two men had anything to do with the disappearance of the jet, but the use of stolen passports has fuelled speculation of foul play.

During the briefing officials also said that the search operation area has been expanded by 100 nautical miles.

The search operation has involved 34 aircraft and 40 ships from several countries from the point the plane vanished from radar screens between Malaysia and Vietnam.

Azharuddin also said the baggage of five passengers who had checked in to the flight but did not board the plane were removed before it departed.

Airport security was strict according to international standards, surveillance has been done and the airport has been audited, he said.

“All security protocols have been complied with,” Azharuddin underlined.

Flight MH370 vanished from radar screens early on Saturday about one hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

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