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Malaysia Airlines: Iranian man purchased tickets for unidentified passengers

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been missing for days and with any and all leads turning out to be dead ends at this point, many are wondering if terrorists were involved. On March 10, CNN reported that investigators have been working around the clock to identify each and every passenger that was on the Boeing 777.

There has been a lot of attention on at least two men that reportedly boarded the flight with stolen passports. The FBI here in The States as well as other security agencies around the globe are looking into whether or not any terror suspects were on that plane.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing but lost contact with air traffic control about 2.5 hours into the flight. At first, speculation that the plane needed to make an emergency landing and may have not made it back to the airport (there is some evidence that the plane turned around). However, without being able to locate the plane, it's hard to assume what exactly happened.

Since previous leads (oil slicks and a possible jet door floating in the ocean) have been confirmed as unrelated, the missing plane mystery has become even more intense and many have turned their thoughts to a possible hijacking. Now, with new information surrounding the two main passengers in question could be the key to learning more about this mishap.

The Malaysia Airlines plane had 239 people on board when it went missing. Two of them were not who they claimed to be. As previously reported, the two men purchased tickets together even though their passports said they were from two different countries (Italy and Austria). It has since been reported that their tickets were purchased somewhere in Thailand -- and just now, this piece of information was released:

"According to Thai police officials, an Iranian man by the name of Kazem Ali purchased the tickets for two friends who he said wanted to return home to Europe. While Ali made the initial booking by telephone, either Ali or someone acting on his behalf paid for the tickets in cash, according to police" (CNN).

Hope that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 landed safely somewhere is dwindling. Answers to the most important questions won't be answered until the plane is located.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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