Four people in particular who boarded the missing Malaysian plane are being investigated, two for stolen passports and two other passport-related suspects. Twenty people on board were involved in high-technology, including cutting edge electric vehicle technology.
Human rights regarding security and privacy involved in what might be a terrorist event
Evidence of terrorism and the human rights related to security and privacy mount regarding the plane that vanished from radar with 239 people on board Saturday, less than an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.
Officials say fragments spotted in the ocean are not from where the plane last had contact are not plane debris.
While everyone who boarded the plane are being investigated, four are under particular investigation. Two had stolen passports to board the now vanished Malaysia plane. They bought their tickets with two other people who boarded the plane and are also targets of the investigation.
A Chinese national, whose passport number was listed on the passenger manifest, did not board the plane, is still in China and this individual's passport was never stolen, China's state media reported.
The stolen passport carriers and the other two suspects have increased officials' suspicions that the event is one of terrorism, but officials stress that the event has not been declared a terrorist event.
Hishammuddin Hussein, who holds two ministerial positions, said that "the four names are with me," but added that the investigation was focusing on "the entire passenger manifest." Hussein also said investigators from the FBI have joined the probe.
Interpol said not one country checked its database for information about stolen passports used to board the Malaysia Airlines flight.
Officials had said what might have been parts of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane were spotted, but later they confirm that the debris is not part of the plane.
The Wall Street Journal tweets Sunday morning had indicated the fragments might be part of the plane, but Vietnamese officials had warned that it was too early to confirm the debris was from the plane.
Earlier, Malaysia’s air force chief told reporters that military radar indicated that the plane may have turned from its flight route before losing contact.
"There is a distinct possibility the airplane did a turn-back, deviating from the course," Malaysian air force chief General Rodzali Daud said Sunday, citing radar data.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the Boeing 777's systems would have set off alarm bells.
"When there is an air turn-back, the pilot would be unable to proceed as planned," he said, adding authorities were "quite puzzled" over the situation.
Sunday, air force chief Rodzali Daud did not say which direction the plane possibly took when it apparently went off route.
"We are trying to make sense of this," he said at a media conference. "The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back and in some parts, this was corroborated by civilian radar."
Pilots are supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane does start to return, according to Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.
"From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled," he said.
Suspected fragments were located around 50 miles from southwest of Tho Chu Island, according to the Wall Street Journal tweets, but these have been found to be debris not from the plane.
The fragments were believed to be a composite inner door and a piece of the tail, Vietnam’s ministry of information and communication said in a posting on its website. They were located some 80 kilometers south-southwest of Tho Chu island.
A photograph of one fragment floating in the water was released, as seen above.
Flight MH370 had relayed no distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble. Malaysia's national carrier and the Boeing 777-200 model used on the route are known for solid safety records.
Names of passengers
A total of 153 Chinese nationals were on board.
Names of all of the passengers is on the manifest here.
Austin-based high-tech eco-friendly company Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The company’s key product solutions include those for electric vehicles.
“The entire Freescale Semiconductor community is deeply saddened by this news,” the company said in a written statement Saturday afternoon, adding it will provide more information as it becomes available.
“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO, Freescale. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”
The company is providing counselors and other professionals through Freescale’s Employee Assistance Program, with around-the-clock support for those impacted by this tragedy.
“Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets,” the company says on its website and in its statement today. ”… our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected.”
Freescale says its “key applications and end-markets include: automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com
Relatives of the missing passengers camped out at the main international airport in China's capital, bemoaning lack of news Sunday.
Instead of the airline, a friend had contacted one of the loved ones.
"The airline company didn't contact me, it was a friend," a middle-aged woman surnamed Nan told reporters, holding back tears, after finding out her brother-in-law was on the flight.
"I can't understand the airline company. They should have contacted the families first thing," she said.