Stolen passports aboard Malaysia Airlines B777 disappeared enroute to Beijing

Mar 08 2014 - 5 Comments

Authorities have confirmed that two names listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight disappeared from radars 40 minutes from take off were stolen in Thailand.

On Mar. 8, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing B777-200 aircraft (registration 9M-MRO), operating from Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, disappeared from radars about 40 minutes after take off from Kuala Lumpur.

According to the details released by the airline, the flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members. The passengers were of 13 different nationalities.

The aircraft was regularly transmitting ADS-B data until contact was lost over the Gulf of Thailand, when the wide body cruising at 35,000 feet at 474 knots in reportedly good weather. The radar coverage in that area is good so as that of Flightradar24.com’s affiliated receiving stations.

MH370

The crew did not broadcast any emergency radio call and the plane simply “vanished” as if a catastrophic failure did not give the pilots the time to inform the Air Traffic Control that they were going down, something that seems to rule out the possibility that MH370 experienced an engine problem or was hijacked.

As a large Search And Rescue operation is underway in the area the news that two used stolen passports were used to board MH370 is fueling speculations that the Boeing B777 may have exploded mid-air because of a bomb.

Indeed, based on the details currently available, an explosive decompression caused by an unknown factor (bomb, missile, airframe collapse, etc.) seems to be the most likely root cause of the crash.

Still, this is no more than speculation until further details surface but it may take days, or weeks to collect data and recover Flight Data Recorders.

All the articles about MH370 can be read here (scroll down).

Image credit: Wiki, FR24

 

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  • R.Lopaka

    Malaysia is a beautiful place. When I lived in SIN we’d spend weekends in Malaysia. I wonder how many Uyghurs are in Malaysia? Muslim (or Islam – official) 60.4%, Buddhist 19.2%, Christian 9.1%, Hindu 6.3%…CIA fackbook. My company was the launch company of the T7.

  • Anonymous

    The passports previously belonged to an Italian and an Austrian and were stolen in Thailand. Looks like the Mossad has been busy of late in south-east Asia.

    • OG_Locc

      LMAO! Mossad? Good grief.

  • R.Lopaka

    Gee not much to say Aists? To political? “MALAYSIAN officials not ruling out Uighur Muslim involvement in the missing Malaysia Airlines plane

    Apparently Uighur Muslims were deported from Malaysia in 2011 and 2012 for using fake passports.” “Suspicions that the Beijing-bound Boeing jet, which vanished on Saturday with 239 people on board, may have been hijacked or bombed have risen after at least two – four passengers were found to be using stolen passports, though Malaysia’s government stressed it was considering all possibilities.” http://www.barenakedislam.com/2014/03/10/malaysian-officials-not-ruling-out-uighur-muslim-involvement-in-the-missing-malaysia-airlines-plane/

  • forinfan

    The article cites flightradar’s “receiving” stations. Is there a similar view or even a general overview of the area’s actual radar (land or sea-based stations that detect planes)? I’m wondering if there’s a large enough gap that a plane that is not sending information could slip through, accidentally or on purpose. If so, I’d think it would be in an east-northeast direction almost from that point. Any info on the actual radar coverage in that part of the world could be useful.