Malaysian jet's disappearance raises questions about foul play
Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 01:32
March 9 - Two passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have been travelling under stolen passports, raising questions of foul play in one of the rarest of aviation disasters. Gavino Garay reports.
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New details have emerged on the Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board that went missing on Saturday.
Officials now suspect two passengers aboard were possibly traveling under stolen passports, raising questions of foul play.
Luigi Maraldi, an Italian national whose name appears on the missing plane's passenger manifest is alive and well, on vacation in Thailand.
He says his passport was stolen in 2013.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ITALIAN NATIONAL WHOSE NAME APPEARS ON MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MANIFEST BUT WAS NOT ON FLIGHT, LUIGI MARALDI, SAYING:
"I know because I call my family and I see inside my phone, Facebook and Whatsapp, my friend from Italy send me SMS and want to know if I am still good or not...I answer quickly and writing about I stay in Thailand and everything ok and I ask: why do you ask me that? And after he say: look, internet have a notice about one Italian man die - but I say: oh! impossible! I stay in Thailand! and after that, I understand the story."
Malaysia's Director General for the Department of Civil Aviation.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, AZHARUDDIN ABDUL RAHMAN, SAYING:
"On the possibility of hijack. We are not outruling any possibility. However, it's important to state that our main concern is to focus our effort on finding the missing aircraft."
Search teams like this one from Singapore continue looking for signs of the missing aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared about an hour into its flight.
It's presumed to have crashed off the coast of Vietnam.
On Sunday, a senior source said that investigators were narrowing their focus on the possibility that the plane disintegrated in mid-flight.
The plane's sudden disappearance makes this one of the rarest aviation disasters.
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