Stolen passports used in the missing Malaysia flight have deepened theories that the plane was taken down under duress, or possibly via an act of terrorism. Troubling questions remain regarding the actual identities of the two men who used passports stolen over a year ago to board the flight, as well as lax security that failed to identify that the passports had been reported as stolen.
According to NBC News today, “two passengers using passports on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were recorded in Interpol’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, the international police organization confirmed on Sunday.”
Missing 777 Malaysia Airline flight 370 is entering its third day, and in other latest developments, officials say debris spotted in the Gulf of Thailand by a Vietnamese navy plane may be the door and fragments from the tail section of the Boeing 777.
Vietnamese authorities probing waters in the 320,000 square kilometer Gulf spotted an object Sunday that they believe to be one of the jet’s main fuselage doors. They also have what may be pieces of wreckage from the rear of the aircraft.
The two individuals who were listed as passengers on the flight both reported their passports stolen over a year ago while they were in Thailand on separate visits. The passports belonged to an Italian man, 37-year-old Luigi Maraldi, and an Austrian citizen, 30-year-old Christian Kozel.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said Sunday that his organization "is asking why only a handful of countries worldwide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights.”
Noble added, “It is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol's databases."
It is highly unusual that two stolen passports, taken over a year ago, would be used on the same plane and not be connected in some manner. However, officials cautioned that the passports may have been used simply for purposes of drug trafficking and not in connection with any extremist ideals.
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