Bodies Rained Down from the Sky on Ukraine Village After Malaysia MH17 Plane Shot Down by a Ground to Air Missile … And Obama Went to Fundraisers
Reuters reports that following the ground to air missile attack that blew Malaysia flight MH17 from the sky, bodies of innocent men, women and children rained down on the Ukraine village to the horror of the villagers below. Bodies of the victims of Flight MH17 fell on to people’s yards, on their homes and broke through their roofs. The terrible reality was that the sky was raining dead bodies, body parts and pieces of the missile targeted plane. This is what Barack Obama described the situation as, ‘Looks like it may be a tragedy’ just before he went off to two fundraiser in NYC following this terror attack and act of war against a civilian airplane. How does Obama justify fundraising and jokes to the images below in the truly disturbing video?
Even yesterday, bodies and debris scattered the countryside as the smell of death and jet fuel was in the air.
Warning: Extremely graphic
First came the loud explosion that made buildings rattle: then it started raining bodies.
One of the corpses fell through the rickety roof of Irina Tipunova’s house in this sleepy village, just after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded high over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government forces.
“There was a howling noise and everything started to rattle. Then objects started falling out of the sky,” the 65-year-old pensioner said in front of her grey-brick home.
“And then I heard a roar and she landed in the kitchen, the roof was broken,” she said, showing the gaping hole made by the body when it came through the ceiling of the kitchen in an extension to the house.
The dead woman’s naked body was still lying inside the house, next to a bed.
Another local resident in her 20s who refused to give her name said she ran outside after hearing the plane explode.
“I opened the door and I saw people falling. One fell in my vegetable patch,” she said.
Sean Hannity Blasts President Barack Obama in Blistering Monologue … ‘It’s Time for a Wake-Up Call’ … “It Is Time for You to Get Engaged.”
BARACK OBAMA, ITS TIME TO LEAD, NOT DIVIDE …
Last night Sean Hannity blasted Barack Obama in a blistering monologue begging, asking and demanding that this president ‘WAKE UP” and get engaged in the turmoil in both domestic and foreign policy. Much of which Obama has no one to blame but himself. Although he will try and pass the buck. It is becoming evident that Obama is the “Bystander” in Chief and refuses to step up to the plate and lead. But instead Obama attends fundraisers, plays golf and goes on vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.
Hannity stated that our world is in an alarming state of emergency, between Israel’s ground war into Gaza to protect itself from Hamas, Malaysia flight ML17 blown out of the sky in an unspeakable act killing innocent men, women and children, ISIS on the rise, Al-Qaeda on the move, the Middle East on fire, Russia and Putin flexing its muscles, Obama administration scandals like IRS-gate and Benghazi-gate, and a US domestic policy of out of control national debt and a discouraged work force. Let us not forget the crisis we have on our Southern border caused by Obama’s lack of protecting or borders. Then there is that Obamacare thing.
Hannity said, “It is shocking to see a president of the United States, the free world, with such a lack of urgency and priorities. So I say to the president tonight: It is time for action, it’s time for urgency. It is time for you to get engaged.” Hannity went on to say, “Mr. President for you to stand up. It is time for you to lead. It’s time to skip for once your lavish million dollar Marha’s Vineyard vacation. It’s time for you to put down those golf clubs. I thing 180 rounds of gold is quite enough. It is time for you to lead by example. [...] You need to spend more time in The Oval Office. You need to be in the Situation Room. You may be surprised to learn what has actually happened in the six years since you have become the leader of the free world.”
“It is shocking to see a president of the United States, the free world, with such a lack of urgency and priorities,” Hannity said. “So I say to the president tonight: It is time for action, it’s time for urgency. It is time for you to get engaged.”
Hannity then skewered the president over his handling of domestic matters.
“Mr. President, why don’t you consider the events of these past 24 hours to be a very, very costly and deadly wake up call,” Hannity said. “And while all this was happening yesterday, you spent 40 seconds dealing with the killing of nearly 300 innocent people and for your secretary of state to tell Israel to restrain itself again and again. It’s time for a wakeup call.
Malaysia Airline Flight MH17 Crashes, 298 Passengers & Crew Dead, Including 23 Americans (Update: Missile Shoots Down Plane)
Malaysia Airline Fight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was traveling at an altitude of 33,000 feet when contact was lost. As reported at Sky News, the plane was said to be brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile. The plane crash killing all 298 passengers and crew on board, including children. It is reported that there were 23 Americans listed on the flight manifest; however, there is yet to be confirmation. The victims abord Malaysia Flight MH 17 include nine Britons, the victims included 154 Dutch, 45 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian.
As pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government traded charges about who was behind the surface-to-air missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 aboard Thursday, Ukraine’s separatist rebels on Friday said they have found “most” of the plane’s recording devices.
The Boeing 777 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam was shot down Thursday afternoon at cruising altitude about 35 miles from the border, according to Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister.
Malaysia Airlines originally said there were 280 passengers and a crew of 15 aboard the flight, though it later upped the number of passengers to 283 to account for three infants.
The flight path of Malaysia Arline Flight MH17 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down and crashed in Ukraine can be seen at the Business Insider. Read the continual updates from The Guardian of the terrible events.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, spurring swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that “terrorists” shot down the aircraft.
The United States has concluded a missile shot down the plane, but hasn’t pinpointed who was responsible, a senior U.S. official told CNN’s Barbara Starr.
The Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard fell from the sky near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, officials said. A top Ukrainian official said the plane, which was on the way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was flying at about 10,000 meters (nearly 33,000 feet) when the missile hit.
Chinese Search Ship Discovers Pulse Signal (Ping) in Indian Ocean … Could it Be the Black Box of Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
Could this finally be the break that searchers needed to find Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
A Chinese patrol ship, Haixun 01, searching for the missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370 has detected a pulse signal or ping with a frequency of 37.5kHz per second in southern Indian Ocean waters Saturday. This is the similar frequency to that of the pinging emitted by a planes black box. The black box detector deployed by the Haixun 01 picked up the signal at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude. However, it is yet to be verified whether this new discovery is related to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Also on Saturday, a Chinese air force plane searching for missing Malaysian passenger jet MH370 spotted a number of white floating objects in the search area.
In what may turn out to be a major breakthrough in the month long search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a Chinese patrol ship searching the southern Indian Ocean discovered Saturday the pulse signal used by so-called black boxes, state news agency Xinhua reported.
But the pulse signal has not been confirmed, China’s Maritime Search and Rescue Center reported, according to China Communications News, which is the Ministry of Transport’s official newspaper.
Xinhua said a detector deployed by the Haixun 01 patrol ship picked up the signal around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude. “It is yet to be established whether it is related to the missing jet,” it said.
“It’s not the prime search area, but it’s not out of the question that this could possibly be from the black box,” said David Gallo, who is with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
UPDATE I: Washington Post – Chinese ship hears pulse, possibly from missing Malaysia Airlines flight’s black box.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, which has a reporter aboard the Haixun 01 ship, reported that a black box locator heard the signal Saturday at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude — broadly in the same area where the search effort has been concentrated in recent weeks, in the Indian Ocean around 1,000 miles northwest of the Australian city of Perth.
The signal was measured at a frequency of 37.5 kilohertz and was repeating at one-second intervals, Xinhua reported.
Anish Patel, president of Florida-based pinger manufacturer Dukane Seacom, told CNN that was the correct frequency for the two emergency location beacons that are built into the plane’s black box flight data recorder and its cockpit voice recorder. He added that it was not a frequency that “readily occurs in nature.”
Could they finally have found missing Malaysia Flight 370?
It might just be the break that searchers have been looking for, have they finally found the needle in the middle of the Indian ocean? A crew on board a New Zealand military plane has spotted several objects in the Indian Ocean west of Perth. The sightings would need confirmation by ship, which is not expected until Saturday, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
17: 15 pm: New Zealand military plane spots ‘objects’ in Indian Ocean
Crew on board a New Zealand military plane has spotted several objects in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, reports BBC. Surveillance ships will likely reach the area by Saturday.
15: 45 pm: Our priority is to get to the debris sighted by satellites: Hussein
Malaysia Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that the focus right now is to reach the debris sighted by the satellites so that it can be identified if the debris sighted is of MH370 or not.
He also said that Malaysia will follow all possible ways to find the ‘black box’ of the missing plane.
Malaysia Officials Now Say Missing Airline Flight 370 Was Deliberately Diverted … Missing Plane May Have Flown on for 7 Hours
Malaysia officials are now saying that Malaysia Flight 370 was ‘deliberately diverted’ and then flown for as long as seven hours toward an unknown destination. Satellites tracked the flight for over 7 hours after the plane lost contact. The planes communications and data systems were intentionally and purposely turned off. However, part of the data system could not be turned off and continued to send pinging to satellites. But for what purpose and who was involved in this hijacking is still unknown. The search continues, now toward the Indian Ocean … Indian aircraft and ships began fanning out a day ago around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a distant Indian territory toward the coast of Myanmar, and across more than 13,000 square miles of open sea.
The mystery of missing Malaysia flight 370 continues.
The search for Flight 370 turned into a criminal investigation on Saturday, after Malaysia declared that the plane had been deliberately diverted and then flown for as long as seven hours toward an unknown point far from its scheduled route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia said on Saturday afternoon that he would seek the help of governments across a large swath of Asia in the search for the plane, which has been missing for a week and had 239 people on board. The Malaysian authorities released a map showing that the last satellite signal received from the plane had been sent from a point somewhere along one of two arcs spanning large distances across Asia.
In the most comprehensive account to date of the plane’s fate, Najib drew an ominous picture of what happened aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying investigators had determined there was “deliberate action by someone on the plane.”
Najib said the investigation had “refocused” to look at the crew and passengers. A Malaysia Airlines representative, speaking to relatives of passengers in Beijing, said the Malaysian government had opened a criminal investigation into the plane’s disappearance.
The plane’s whereabouts remain unknown one week after it disappeared from civilian radar shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur. But Najib, citing newly analyzed satellite data, said the plane could have last made contact anywhere along one of two corridors: one stretching from northern Thailand toward the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan border, the other, more southern path stretching from Indonesia to the remote Indian Ocean.
US Officials Now Say Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight #MH370 Communication System/Transponders Shut Down Manually & Not Because of Catastrophic Failure … Believe Missing Plane Flew for 5 Hours … Possibly Diverted to a Secret Location
The WSJ is reporting, U.S. investigators suspect the missing Malaysia Airlines plane flew on for hours after contact was lost. The mystery continues as to what happened to this missing plane and where it is. The scope of the search continues to get larger and larger. Did the plane crash, was it a terror attack or was it hijacked? Signs are now starting to look like maybe it was hijacked and diverted to an undisclosed location. Did the pilot go rogue? And if so, for what reason. The mystery continues.
U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for up to four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky.
The investigators believe the plane flew for a total of up to five hours, according to these people, based on analysis of signals sent by the Boeing 777′s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of certain onboard systems to the ground.
Throughout the roughly four hours after the jet dropped from civilian radar screens, these people said, the link operated in a kind of standby mode and sought to establish contact with a satellite or satellites. These transmissions did not include data, they said, but the periodic contacts indicate to investigators that the plane was still intact and believed to be flying.
U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner’s transponders to avoid radar detection, according to one person tracking the probe.
Video Hat Tip – The Gateway Pundit
Officials Identify Plane Passenger Who Used Stolen Passport … ‘Identity of One of the Two Suspects has Been Confirmed, He is not a Malaysian’
There is so little news as to where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is and what happened to the missing plane that has seemed to have all but disappeared.
However, one of the few pieces of information that came out early into the airliner investigation was the disturbing news that two individuals aboard the plane had boarded it with stolen passports. In a post-911 world, how is something so simple to check on happen? Interpol is now not only reviewing those individuals with the stolen passports, they are probing more suspect passports from individuals used to board the plane.
Authorities later confirmed the two men – Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi – were not on the plane, and their passports had been stolen in Thailand within the last two years.
An Interpol spokeswoman said a check of all documents used to board the plane had revealed more “suspect passports” that were being further investigated.
She was unable to give further information on the number of documents or the country they related to.
ABC News 3 WEAR is now reporting that that Malaysia officials state, the identity of one of the two suspects has been confirmed. Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police said, that the identity of one of the two suspects has been confirmed, “He is not a Malaysian, but I cannot divulge which country he is from yet.”
Two suspects on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 who used stolen passports had no record of entering Malaysia legally, officials say.
Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, said Monday that the identity of one of the two suspects has been confirmed.
“He is not a Malaysian, but I cannot divulge which country he is from yet,” he said.
Two passengers managed to board the ill-fated aircraft using passports reported stolen in Thailand in recent years, booking their tickets at the same time. The passports belonged to Italian and Austrian residents.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Still Missing: New Leads Explored in Plane Disappearance … Possibility Plane Turned Around and Went Down in the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s Border (Update: Door of Malaysia Flight MH370 Possibly Found)
Amazingly, an entire 777 plane and all aboard are still missing without a trace …
The search continues for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that seems to have just vanished. Two hours after the Boeing 777 departed from Kuala Lumpur and was scheduled to land in Beijing, the plane disappeared from radar. The searches so far have yet to find any signs of the missing airline. Malaysian military officials said at a news conference on Sunday that the flight may have changed course and turned back toward Kuala Lumpur. However, the pilot appears to have given no signal to flight control that he was turning around attributing the change of course to indications from radar data. A mystery indeed. Terrorism is still not being ruled out. Sadly, Malaysian Airlines ‘fear the worst’ as missing plane mystery deepens.
Thailand’s navy is shifting its focus in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 away from the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, Thai Navy Rear Adm. Karn Dee-ubon told CNN on Sunday.The shift came at the request of the Malaysians who are looking into possibilities the plane turned around and possibly went down in the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s border, Karn said.
Some are comparing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to the Air France flight, an Airbus A330, from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that crashed in the Atlantic midway through the flight without sending a distress signal. In that incident, all 228 aboard were killed.
A total of nine nations have so far joined the multinational efforts in search for a Malaysian Airlines jetliner that went missing Saturday morning on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board.
Over 40 hours after Flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, vanished over the South China Sea, Thai navy on Sunday night sent a vessel to help find the missing plane, Thai Prime Minister’s Secretary General Suranand Vejjajiva said.
Earlier in the day, Australia announced its air force will send two P-3C aircraft to join the hunt for the missing aircraft.
Currently, a total of 34 aircraft and 40 ships are in hunt for the missing plane, with which the contact was lost along with radar signal at 1:20 a.m. local time on Saturday when it was flying over the Ho Chi Minh air traffic control area in Vietnam, said Director General of Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman at a press conference Sunday evening.
Among them are those sent by Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam and China.
Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner with 239 people on board are narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that it disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday.
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished after climbing to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing in the early hours of Saturday, but search teams have still not been able to make any confirmed discovery of wreckage in seas beneath the plane’s flight path almost 48 hours after it took off.
“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.
Using a system that looks for flashes around the world, the Pentagon reviewed preliminary surveillance data from the area where the plane disappeared and saw no evidence of an explosion, said an American government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the subject matter was classified. A team of aviation experts led by the National Transportation Safety Board was on its way to the area.
UPDATE IV: Door of Malaysia Flight MH370 Possibly Found.
Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object on Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane’s doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.
Vietnamese searchers looking for a missing Malaysian Airline Boeing Co. 777-200 said they found a suspected window or door fragment as efforts to learn the plane’s fate extended to scrutiny of security camera images of two passengers using stolen passports.
Le Van Minh, a Vietnamese coast guard commander, said in a telephone interview today that the fragment is suspected to be part of a plane’s emergency door or window, and that rough seas and darkness were preventing crews from retrieving it. Ships are still searching the area for the piece, which was spotted by helicopter 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, Minh said.
UPDATE VI: ‘Yellow Object’ Spotted in Sea Wasn’t Life Raft.
Helicopters were scrambled on Monday to a floating “yellow object” that rescue teams believed could be a life raft from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane – but it turned out to be a false alarm.
Pham Quy Tieu, Vietnam’s vice transport minister and deputy head of the its rescue committee, said that a search plane had initially been unable to get close enough to determine what it was.
However, officials later said it was a “moss-covered cap of a cable reel.”
UPDATE VII: ABC News reporting that Oil Slick Samples, Debris Not Connected to Missing Jetliner.
Clues in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 remain elusive, with authorities unable to connect debris or oil slick samples to the missing jetliner.
An orange object spotted this morning — originally thought to be a life raft — had nothing to do with the plane wreckage, Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue told ABC News. The item turned out to be an orange circular side cover of an industrial cable reel. Reports of a different suspicious floating object emerged Sunday, but that object was later ruled out as being connected to the missing jet by Vietnam and Malaysian authorities.
Additionally, oil slick samples found about 100 nautical miles from Malaysia’s east coast of Kelantan, just south of the point of last contact, turned out to have no connection to the missing plane after analysis by Malaysian authorities.
Malaysia Airlines 777 Flight MH370 Goes Missing 2 Hours After Take-off, 227 Aboard Including 3 Americans (VIDEO) (Update: Oil Slicks Spotted)(Update: Terrorism Not Ruled Out) (Update: Two Stolen Passports)
An entire Malaysia Airlines 777 goes missing …
ABC News is reporting that a Malaysia Airlines 777, Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12:55 a.m., and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m has gone missing two hours after take-off. Flight MH370 simply vanished from the radar. There are a total of 239 aboard, that includes 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. including three Americans.
A Malaysia Airlines flight with 227 passengers on board – including two adult Americans and an infant – has gone missing and a search and rescue team has been deployed to locate the aircraft, a spokeswoman has confirmed to ABC News.
Flight MH370 departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:55 a.m., and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., the airline said. It went missing two hours into the flight and disappeared off the radar at 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).
The airline said there are 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
- Media Statement – MH370 Incident released at 7.24am: Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014). Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.
- 2nd Media Statement: We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370 which departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am earlier this morning bound for Beijing. The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. Subang Air Traffic Control reported that it lost contact at 2.40am (local Malaysia time) today.
- 5th Media Statement: Sepang, 8 March 2014: The families of all passengers on board MH370 are being informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.
An international search and rescue mission was mobilized this morning. At this stage, our search and rescue teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have failed to find evidence of any wreckage.
The sea mission will continue while the air mission will recommence at daylight.
The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.
The plane last had contact with air traffic controllers two hours after it took off 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, the airline said on Saturday
Vietnamese air force planes on Saturday spotted two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing earlier in the day, the first sign that the aircraft carrying 239 people had crashed.
The oil slicks were spotted late Saturday off the southern tip of Vietnam and were each between 6 miles and 9 miles long, the Vietnamese government said in a statement. There was no confirmation that the slicks were related to the missing plane, but the statement said they were consistent with the kinds that would be produced by the two fuel tanks of a crashed jetliner.
Malaysian officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane Saturday said they were not ruling out terrorism — or any other causes — as reports emerged that two Europeans listed on the passenger manifest were not aboard and may have had their passports stolen.
Malaysia’s director general of civil aviation told a news conference Saturday night that authorities had reviewed closed-circuit TV footage of passengers and their luggage and hadn’t seen anything of concern. But Prime Minister Najib Razak cautioned that it was “too early” to come to any conclusions, and other officials said nothing was being ruled out of consideration at this point.
CNN VIDEO – Odd to lose contact while cruising
UPDATE III: Full manifest published online by the Malaysia airline listed the American passengers aboard Flight MH370 as 51 year old Philip Wood, 4 year old Nicole Meng, and 2 year old Yan Zhang.
CNN VIDEO – Plane loses contact with airline, Tim Tilman, Aviation Expert … This Sounds Bad.
A passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was traveling with a stolen Austrian passport, Austria’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
A 30-year Austrian whose name was on the passenger list for the flight wasn’t on board. His passport was stolen in Thailand in 2012, a ministry spokesman said, confirming a report in German newspaper Die Welt.
The airline contacted the Austrian embassy in Kuala Lumpur about the one Austrian listed as a passenger, but an embassy check showed the man’s passport as stolen. The man is currently in Austria.
From NBC News, Stolen Passports Prompt Terror Concerns in Missing Jet, Officials Say
A terrorism analysts stated, “It is unusual for one person to board a plane with a stolen passport and very rare for two to do it.”
U.S. officials told NBC News on Saturday they are investigating terrorism concerns after two people listed as passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet turned out not to be on the plane and had reported their passports stolen.
The officials said that they had found no clear link to terrorism, and that there are other criminal reasons, for example drug smuggling, that stolen passports might be used to board a plane.
But the revelations, hours after the jet disappeared over the South China Sea without sending a distress signal, significantly changed how U.S. officials looked at the disaster. U.S. officials said they were checking into passenger manifests and going back through intelligence.
“We are aware of the reporting on the two stolen passports,” one senior official said. “We have not determined a nexus to terrorism yet, although it’s still very early, and that’s by no means definitive.”
- 12:41 a.m. – The Boeing 777-200, carrying 227 passengers from 14 countries along with 12 crew members, takes off from Kuala Lumpur.
- 2:40 a.m. – Air traffic control in Subang, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, loses contact with the plane about two hours after takeoff. According to the Vietnamese military officials, the plane was just about to enter Vietnam’s airspace when its communications systems went silent.
- 6:30 a.m. Saturday – The flight is scheduled to land in Beijing.
- 7:24 a.m. – Malaysia Airlines announces it had lost contact five hours earlier with the flight.
- 11:14 a.m. — Malaysia Airlines holds a news conference confirming the loss of contact with its aircraft.
UPDATE VI: Passenger list adds to questions – Two men whose names appear on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 manifest had reported their passports stolen.
Uncertainly over the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was further compounded Saturday by reports that two men whose names matched those on the passenger manifest had reported their passports stolen.
Malaysian authorities apparently did not check the stolen documents on an international law enforcement agency database, CNN has learned.
After the airline released a manifest of the 239 people on the plane, Austria denied that one of its citizens was on the flight as the list had stated. The Austrian citizen was safe and sound, and his passport had been stolen two years ago, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss said.
Similarly, Italy’s foreign ministry confirmed that no Italians were on the flight, even though an Italian was listed on the manifest. Malaysian officials said they were aware of reports that the Italian’s passport was also stolen but had not confirmed it.
The debris spotted by a Singapore search team about 100km south-southwest of Vietnam’s Tho Chu island was not that of the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, said Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.
Azharuddin however, said that though oil spills were found but there has been no confirmation yet.
“There was oil spill found but we are in the verification process now as to whether the oil spill came from the missing aircraft. However, we have not received a report yet,” he said during the press conference in Sepang on Sunday.