In the latest twist to the mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, one of the two holders of stolen passports on board the jetliner was supposed to connect to a flight destined for Copenhagen.
A statement issued by the Interpol that two passengers bought their plane tickets using stolen passports appears to lend credence to a possible terrorist plot, among other theories put forward by observers as to what caused the presumed crash.
As of Monday morning, multinational search and rescue efforts have yet to locate a possible crash site due to failure to find traces of oil or debris of plane wreckage. The aircraft was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members at the time it went missing. No Scandinavians were listed among the passengers.
CNN quoted Interpol as saying at least two passports – one Austrian and one Italian – recorded in its stolen and lost travel documents database were used by passengers on board the flight.
“Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, 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,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in a statement.
The two tickets booked, in Thai baht currency, with China Southern Airlines, which has a codeshare agreement with the Malaysian flag-carrier, both originate in Kuala Lumpur, fly to Beijing, and then onward to Amsterdam. The Italian passport’s ticket continues to Copenhagen, the Austrian’s to Frankfurt, according to CNN.
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