New Terror Fears Grow in Malaysia Plane Crash: Four people boarded using stolen passports

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New information in the catastrophic crash of the Malaysian airplane carrying 239 passengers and crew point to terror. The identities of two more passengers on the missing flight are under investigation, bringing  the total number of passengers traveling using stolen passports to four.

“…the tickets linked to the Italian and Austrian passports were bought together in Thai baht at identical prices, according to China’s official e-ticket verification system Travelsky. The ticket numbers are contiguous, which indicates the tickets were issued together.”

 That is no coincidence.

As the search for clues begins, Chinese authorities look to Islam militants who were also blamed for the recent train station stabbing spree.

Malaysia plane crash

 

Did Missing Malaysia flight DISINTEGRATE at 35,000 feet? Search team find what they believe is part of plane door and tail as Interpol probes claims four people boarded using stolen passports,” Daily Mail, March 8, 2014 (thanks to David)

  • Search team finds what it believes is part of a door and a plane’s tail
  • Authorities say at least two people were travelling on stolen passports
  • Interpol said its database with information about them wasn’t checked
  • The tickets they used were bought through through a Chinese airline
  • Flight MH370 declared missing nearly 90 minutes after it was due to land
  • The missing 227 passengers and 12 crew were from 14 different countries

Debris from the missing Boeing 777 flight is believed to have been found off Vietnam as Interpol investigates whether up to four passengers boarded the plane using stolen passports.

A Vietnamese search team has found what they believe is part of a door and an airplane’s tail in the first major breakthrough in the hunt for missing aircraft.

The suspected fragments have been located around 50 miles from south-west of Tho Chu Island, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Investigators are narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that the plane disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday

‘The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet,’ said the source, who is involved in the investigations in Malaysia.

It comes as Interpol criticised Thailand’s lax airport security after it emerged at least two passengers boarded the Malaysia Airlines flight MH307 with stolen passports – giving rise to the possibility that the missing 239 passengers are victims of a terrorist attack.

The possibility of a further two stolen passports used on the same flight is now being investigated as it emerges that no cross checks were carried out against Interpol’s lost and stolen database.

Procedural checks would have revealed that at least two passengers were travelling on stolen passports stolen.

Luigi Maraldi, 37, the owner of one of the passports, was listed as the sole Italian national on the missing flight. This afternoon he told how the document was stolen while he was on holiday in July last year on the island Phuket.

Mr Maraldi reported his passport stolen in Thailand last August and was allowed to travel back to his native Italy on temporary documents.

On Sunday, his father Walter explained the original was stolen after he used it to hire a motorbike.

‘Last summer he was in Thailand and handed over the passport so he could hire a scooter but when he brought it back, they said they had already given it back to someone else, so he reported it stolen,’ he said.

Mr Maraldi added:’The whole thing is a mix up – we have no idea who the person was that used my son’s passport. The first I knew something had happened was when my son rang from Thailand on Saturday morning to say he was alive.

He said he had seen his name on the news reports as being on the missing airplane and he wanted to let us know he was alive and well. To be honest, I had no idea whet he was talking about as I hadn’t seen the news by then.

‘Once everything was cleared up, we said goodbye and I went and watched the news – a few minutes later the Italian Foreign Ministry rang to ask if I was the father of Luigi Maraldi and to say that he was on the passenger list.

‘They were amazed when I said they were mistaken as I had just spoken to him and he was fine. They asked me for his number so they could call and check for themselves.

‘They said his passport had been used by someone and they needed to check for certain he was ok. We are delighted that he is ok but he was never really involved in the disaster directly.’

Risman Siregar (left) comforts his wife Erlina Panjaitan (centre). They are the parents of Firman Chandra Siregar, a 24 year-old passenger

Risman Siregar (left) comforts his wife Erlina Panjaitan (centre). They are the parents of Firman Chandra Siregar, a 24 year-old passenger

Relatives of victims from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane arrive for a meeting with airline officials in Beijing

Relatives of victims from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane arrive for a meeting with airline officials in Beijing

Relatives of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 arrive for a meeting with airline officials in Beijing on March 9

Relatives of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 arrive for a meeting with airline officials in Beijing on March 9

The owner of the other stolen passport was Austrian citizen Christian Kozel, 30, who’s name also appeared on the passenger manifest.

Mr Kozel discovered he had been listed when uniformed police officers turned up at his home in Salzburg at the weekend.

He said: ‘I was pretty shocked when I saw them at my door, and was relieved to find out that although I was dead, at least it was only on paper.’

But it still left him with a lot of worried friends and relatives that he had to reassure after it was reported that he was dead. He said he had reported the passport as stolen while he was in the same part of Thailand two years ago, and that it had apparently then been used by someone illegally.

In a statement issued today, the France-based international police body said information about the thefts was entered into its database after they were stolen in Thailand.

Officials from Italy and Austria also confirmed that the travel documents of both men were reported stolen in Thailand.

Interpol said it was now investigating all other passports used to board flight MH370 and was working to determine the ‘true identities’ of the passengers who used the stolen passports.

‘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,’ Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said in a statement.

Noble expressed frustration that few of Interpol’s 190 member countries ‘systematically’ search the database to determine whether documents being used to board a plane are registered as lost or stolen.

‘This is a situation we had hoped never to see. For years Interpol has asked why should countries wait for a tragedy to put prudent security measures in place at borders and boarding gates,’ he said.

Rescue operation: A Vietnamese air force pilot touches the controls of a transport plane today

Rescue vessel Rescue 101, loaded with a Chinese emergency response team, departs from Sanya Port

The security breach has led to fears that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH307 may have been taken down by terrorists to be heightened.

It comes as the chief of the Malaysian Air Force said that radar indicated the missing plane may have turned back before it crashed.

‘What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we realised there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turn back,’ Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told reporters at a news conference.

Despite dozens of military and civilians vessels and aircraft criss-crossing waters to the east and west of Malaysia, no wreckage has been found, although oil slicks have been reported in the sea south of Vietnam.

Malaysian Security officials earlier revealed they had footage of two passengers traveling on passports stolen in Thailand – one registered to an Italian and the other an Austrian – making their way through Kuala Lumpur passport control to the aircraft.

The passengers being checked had all bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines.

It appears the the tickets linked to the Italian and Austrian passports were bought together in Thai baht at identical prices, according to China’s official e-ticket verification system Travelsky. The ticket numbers are contiguous, which indicates the tickets were issued together.

It follows reports that an anonymous pilot told Malaysian newspapers that he had heard a ‘mumbled’ last transmission from the aircraft – although this is contradicted by air traffic controllers who say there was no distress call.

U.S. officials also confirmed they have dispatched a team of safety experts including FBI agents to Southeast Asia to assist in the investigation of the Boeing 777, which disappeared shortly after takeoff with 239 people on board.

While the wreckage of the plane has still not been found, new photos of oil slicks in the South China Sea have emerged and a growing body of evidence is beginning to point towards a terrorist attack.

And dramatically, a second pilot who was in the skies over the South China Sea when the 777 vanished has spoken about hearing ‘mumbling’ at the other end of communications with the plane.

The captain, who asked to remain anonymous, told Malaysian media outlets he was asked to get in contact with the pilot flying the missing plane on an emergency frequency and establish their position.

He said he believes he spoke to the co-pilot, but that there were ‘interference’ and ‘mumbling’ before they lost the connection.

Earlier on Saturday, two oil slicks were spotted by the Vietnamese air force in the Gulf of Thailand, about 90 miles south of Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island – the same area where the flight disappeared from radar.

The plane – carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members – took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12.21am (4.21pm GMT) Saturday bound for Beijing, where it was expected to land at 6.30am (10.30pm GMT).

But after reaching 35,000ft and 120 nautical miles off the coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu the plane vanished.

IBM employee Philip Wood, 51, was identified as the only adult passenger traveling on a U.S. passport on Flight MH307.

Two other American travelers have been named as toddlers Leo Meng, two, and Nicole Meng, four.

Family members of passengers aboard a missing plane cry at a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia

Family members of passengers aboard a missing plane cry at a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia

Members of Fo Guang Shan rescue team offer a special prayer for passengers aboard a missing plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia

Members of Fo Guang Shan rescue team offer a special prayer for passengers aboard a missing plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia

Buddhist monks offer a special prayer for passengers aboard a missing plane

Buddhist monks offer a special prayer for passengers aboard a missing plane

Hugh Dunleavy (center), Malaysia Airlines head of commercial, speaks to media at Lido Hotel in Beijing, China

Hugh Dunleavy (center), Malaysia Airlines head of commercial, speaks to media at Lido Hotel in Beijing, China

Personnel inspect life jackets put inside a Soviet-made AN-26, used by the Vietnamese Air Force as a search and rescue aircraft, as it is refueled before making an other flight over the seas off Vietnam

Personnel inspect life jackets put inside a Soviet-made AN-26, used by the Vietnamese Air Force as a search and rescue aircraft, as it is refueled before making an other flight over the seas off Vietnam

The emergency response team sent by China's Ministry of Transport set out early Sunday morning from Sanya to sea area where missing Malaysia Airline flight MH 370 may have crashed

The emergency response team sent by China’s Ministry of Transport set out early Sunday morning from Sanya to sea area where missing Malaysia Airline flight MH 370 may have crashed

Anxious: Families of those on board the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH307 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, face an anxious wait for news of the search mission at Kuala Lumpur airport

Anxious: Families of those on board the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH307 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, face an anxious wait for news of the search mission at Kuala Lumpur airport

Grief: Family and friends waiting for the plane to arrive break down as they hear the jet has gone missing. The flight vanished off the coast of Vietnam around two hours after taking off

Grief: Family and friends waiting for the plane to arrive break down as they hear the jet has gone missing. The flight vanished off the coast of Vietnam around two hours after taking off

Despair: There were 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board Flight MH370, from 14 different nations

Despair: There were 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board Flight MH370, from 14 different nations

Malaysian graphic

The two Canadian passengers were identified as mining executive Muktesh Mukherjee and his wife Xiaomo Bai

The two Canadian passengers were identified as mining executive Muktesh Mukherjee and his wife Xiaomo Bai

Globetrotters: Australian nationals Catherine and Robert Lawton, from Brisbane, were named as one of three couples from Down Under who were missing

Globetrotters: Australian nationals Catherine and Robert Lawton, from Brisbane, were named as one of three couples from Down Under who were missing

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  • Chaz_Martel

    My deepest sympathies to all the family and friends of the 237 people who may have perished on this flight.

    As suggested from various sources, the missing Boeing 777 passenger jet out of
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, destined for Beijing, China, ‘may’ have been
    downed as a result of terrorism.

    Sources within in Malaysian government said that although there was no
    confirmed connection to China’s Muslim Uighur militants, the timing of
    the disappearance was nonetheless “very suspicious” coming so soon after
    the brutal knife attack by Muslim militants in Kunming, China.

    Although the connection is tenuous at best, nonetheless this devastating
    act is further evidence of the global reach of Muslim terrorists
    despite the disingenuous claims of the politically correct that Islam is
    just a religion like all other religions. Bullchips!

  • Partager

    If this tragic flight is discovered to have been brought down by Islamic terrorists it is all the more reason that the entire Western world, at least, at the very least, stops all sports activities, all concerts, all “diversions” to get people’s focus.

    Having done that then merge all telecasts into one global television channel for one address for one purpose. And then finally let the proverbial cat out of the conversational bag. The forbidden conversation bag.

    People of the World. It is plain that Islam means business. It is the specific reason the way we fly and travel has been forever changed for the entire world’s Billions of souls.

    Islam has declared War and we must take it seriously, as seriously as Islamic terrorists do.

    We must have a response. Not a discussion. Not “negotiations”. A Response.

    What drastic steps must we take to protect our countries, our citizens, our freedoms?

    These must be steps to take back what is being taken from us… our simple freedom to hope and expect that our children, our daughters, our sons, our parents, our grandparents & all we love fiercely .

    We must demand that our governments stop the shuck and jive and politically subverted and distorted “correctness”.

    We are at war. Not because we declared War on Islam.

    Islam has declared War on the West–centuries ago. Declared war on kafirs, Jews, and nonbelievers and the West cannot slumber and live. And survive.

    Shout down the Guardian, the New York Times, the BBC, and the major media networks with the Truth,un-apologetically.

    The West needs to save itself.

    Pamela has a very useful document from the AFDI that states what, at least, the USA must do.

    • Miip

      I like your idea! If we did not have obamanation & it’s administration & clueless nitwits that support him we could very well do that. Call our congressman to initiate the idea. I will but I will not hold my breath.

      These scumbags are spread all around the world!

    • Charles Hammond Jr

      The Crusades were a defensive conflict started in response to Muslim and Islamic invasions into Europe.

      They didn’t go far enough.

      • NoCrud

        The Crusades was enough to stunt the growth of terrorism for centuries. However, the history of The Crusades has been distorted and, in many cases, the idea that terrorism, world domination and killing those who do not go along with and abide by the rules posed by the Soldiers of “Peace” is not even mentioned. In fact, atheistic types have even hijacked it to point the dirty finger at those who were being targeted by terrorists as if it were the Western Church that was the aggressor and not the victim. This distortion of history must also be set straight if an honest attempt is to be put in place to rid the world of this threat.

        • Charles Hammond Jr

          Indeed.

          He who controls the past controls the present.

          We will have to win on yet another battlefield in order to secure our freedoms and liberties.

    • Lynne Marton

      I totally agree with you – and have said so for a very long time now. They are an insidious, evil, political machine, that will stop at nothing til they achieve their goal – World Domination. In other words, if you are Jewish you die – there is no choice to convert there – if you are not Jewish, and you do not convert to islam – you die. The World will be run according to sharia law – those who do not follow – you die.They do not value any human life – plain and simple.

      They insinuate themselves into different societies by whatever means they need to – and they LIE!!! It is called Taqiyya – and it is encouraged in all facets of their plan for the world. They will say anything to get people to accept them – but they do not do any accepting. They are “insulted” by anyone and anything that does not follow their rules. Thus we have halal meat in elementary schools – because they cannot accept anything less, There are no flags flown, national anthems sung, holidays celebrated openly – because they are “offensive” or “insulting” to islam. HOW CAN PEOPLE BE SO DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND to waht is going on under their noses and in front of their eyes!!!

      Unfortunately, the Western Free World has chosen not to listen nor believe what they read and see. They choose to think it’s “just a few” that are terrorists. They think muslims are generally “nice” people. They don’t and/or won’t listen to the evidence that is right in front of them!!!!!

      • NoCrud

        Americans and English-speaking people are too optimistic. They have a history, especially in the “new” English-speaking world, of getting ahead by hard, honest work and, in their “never see anything bad” mentality, they expect others to be like they are.

        They need to spice up their optimism with just a “smidgeon” of pessimism. A little will go a long way in fixing what they call radical Izlam. But the radicalization is not just in the acts of terrorism, it is in the mindset that leads to such atrocities and there are plenty and enough of them that are “sleepers” to go around. But what happens in Sochi and with what Putin and The Obamaroid are up to is seemingly more important to the Media that feeds us this rot.

    • Louis Stevens

      Very true words my fellow American! Facts are facts,There Is no way In hell that the American People can Coexist with Islam.As our pseudo President Pro Muslim has been giving Muslims the VIP treatment upon arrival In to Continental United United States,That he has gone so far as to have the TSA at all International Airports to not search Muslims entering the USA. This must stop ASAP! Just like Partger said,If not for our sake,But for our Children’s sake! Lets wait till May 16th the 20.000.000 unarmed American March On Washington D.C. Against Obama,There are so many Muslims here already on account of Obama That I bet he Inserts the Rad Muslims In to the crowds of Veterans And all American Patriots,So they can start some shit,So Obama can shoot on Unarmed Americans.I think If he does that all the American People will rise up to get that ass! Lets hope It doesn’t happen that way!

  • Mark McDonald

    my heart goes out to these people! I have just one question. How is it that they now know that 4 people boarded this plane with stolen passports and not before the actual event, Lack of technology or failure of the government to work with the port agency?

    • bluenoser

      That question has to be asked, did nobody check the passport photo’s? Or did they let a person or persons onto the plane wearing facial masks “hijab” without asking them to remove it? Need to do a security check on the screeners at the airport too…they flew from a Muslim country, not out of the realm of reasoning to think that someone in security was involved.

      • NoCrud

        Also consider that some ground crew person in a Muzlim country could be so determined to do damage that he/she could go into the belly of a plane and place a device that could take out the power control system of the plane. This would disable all operation and control just as well as an explosive charge placed almost anywhere. The problem is, passengers are checked down to the number of stitches in their underwear but the ground crew is not actually checked by physical searches nearly as stringently as are the passengers. This is also a weakness in the security system.

      • Lynne Marton

        a “hijab” does not cover the face – it is only to cover the hair. you must mean a “niqab” or “burkha”. it is a common error – I have been doing lots of research into all of that.

        • NoCrud

          According to various websites, the Hijab is a veil that covers the face. I guess that is so Muzlim men will know which end is the face and which end to kick. Sorta like a blind man giving a dog biscuit to his misbehaving guide dog so he will know which end to kick.

          • Louis Stevens

            Worked In Saudi Arabia for 2 years and used to see the Saudi women wearing them black heavy Burkhas In That hot heat,They cover your head and whole body! To hot for me. lol.

  • Mark McDonald

    Border Toll

    - The American people need to pull together demand that Border Patrol charge a fee for each and every person crossing the border to help cover expenditure and slow down abusers, much like they did to our health insurance by adding a copay. You have to pay a toll to use the roads near Washington D.C.. ATM usage fees. A Road Tax. ….

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    Thanks Pamela! I wonder when people are going to wake up?

  • Charles

    If this is a terrorist attack, it is surprising nobody is claiming responsibility.

    • NoCrud

      According to an expert on terrorism that was interviewed on Fox News, they frequently do not claim credit for their dastardly acts right away. After a few days, they may do it. Interesting would be if several terrorist groups compete for the “honor” of being the perpetrators.

  • NoCrud

    I believe we are only touching the proverbial tip of the iceberg with the stolen passports. The more that this is investigated, the more that will be found. It’s part of the old axiom of “If you think it’s bad, it’s probably worse.”

  • Malaysian

    No one from Malaysian authority confirm it was terrorist attack yet, but this head line has already made the statement, this is absurd. The only statement came out was, they didnt want to reject any possibilities.

  • Malaysian

    Watch and see the statement from malaysia itself
    http://xtive.utusan.com.my/video.php?v=1409

    • NoCrud

      Very informative video. The only thing on the website that is in English. An English transcript of the video would have been useful. But I also suspect that the Media in Malaysia is just as eager to make sure that they conform to the Government’s expectations — just like here when the Government is Democrat. Anyway, thanks for the video.

  • r0

    Time for a new Crusades. Islam is the enemy of civilized people everywhere.

  • Firesword

    Bombing of passenger aircraft over water is a typical terrorist action. 2 examples come to mind: Air India flight downed by a bomb over water and the last: PAN AM # 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, yes 103 was over land however the flight was delayed on departure so the timer for the bomb was set for the time the flight would have been over water. Al Queda has said many times if you are going to bomb an aircraft be sure its done over water. This makes it difficult for crash investigators to find evidence

  • Rayoo

    A lot has been said and done since the disappearance of this plane over a week ago. In as much as I would want to commend the efforts and goodwill put in so far by all the countries involved in the search, it need be mentioned at this juncture that we should exercise caution in the way we disseminate information about our assumptions and findings.
    In as much as I appreciate the fact that people wants to be updated minute by minutes about the findings (most especially the family members and close relatives of those on board), this should not be to the detriment of the 239 people that are yet to be accounted for.
    Firstly, it has not been established that the plane did crashed so, it is not impossible that the people might still be alive somewhere. If the plane was actually hijacked, it means the hijackers on board and their ‘CONTROL POINT ON LAND’ may still be communicating. So, if we continue to release information (Some of which are very sensitive) we might be putting the lives of the people on board in danger. If indeed it is clear(by information released) that the countries involved in the search are getting closer to finding the where about of the plane , the ‘CONTROL POINT’ could instruct the hijackers on board to do the worse and leave no clue(s).
    So, I would wish to crave the indulgence of the various ‘AUTHORITIES’ to continue with their search without releasing much information until they achieve the aims of finding it. Also, I will like to appeal to the family members of those on board to bear the PAINFUL and temporary INFORMATION BLANK . I am so sure that they will prefer this information blank and the finding of the people alive than continuous flow and release of information which might eventually cause havoc to them(the people on board).
    Secondly, all authorities involved in the search should concentrate on ONE GOAL of unraveling the mystery. The exercise should not be used as an avenue for competition or to show technological superiority. It would be so cruel and meaningless for this purpose.
    Thirdly, this incident should be a WAKE UP CALL to all scientist and engineers in the world. It is time to work towards inventing a devise or updating the so called BLACK BOXES to be able to detect the where about of an aircraft in the case of incidence like this. The situation where we always rely on finding black boxes before one can determine the cause(s) of problems is outdated (At least by this unfolding incident). If the black boxes can record happenings on the aircraft(even after the most catastrophic crash), it should be worked upon or updated to be able to receive signals from ‘AUTHORISED CONTROL POINTS’ when and where necessary (at every point in time).
    Finally, I would also want to appeal to whoever (persons or group) that might be responsible for this imbroglio to rethink and have mercy on the troubled minds of those on board and the entire people in the world by setting them free.
    In whatever way we look at it, some POINTS have been proven and your grievances can be addressed without taking the lives of this innocent people. We can live better and more pleasantly together without violence. Please STATE YOUR TERMS FOR GLOBAL PEACE TODAY. It shall be on a ‘NO VICTOR NO VANQUISH’ basis. World POWERS please take note.
    This is my humble contribution please. I remain, Rayoo.