The two men in the photo below are identified as Iranians Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad (L) and Delavar Syed Mohammed Reza (R), both 19-years old (or Reza may have been 29 or 30) and boarding Malaysia Flight MH370 at the same time, using the passports of two European men who had reported their passports stolen in Thailand in the last two years. I see differing reports of both men thought to be asylum seekers and only Mehrdad seeking asylum with his mother waiting for him in Frankfurt, Germany. An Interpol chief Ronald Noble said the two men bought their tickets in Thailand, traveled to Kuala Lumpur on their Iranian passports, then switched to the stolen Italian and Austrian passports when boarding Flight MH370 traveling to Beijing. Neither had known ties to terrorism. The IBD Times quotes Noble saying “becomes more certain that these individuals were probably not terrorists.” Stranger, is news from the Malaysia military that its radar tracked the flight 200 miles off course 1h:10m after the flight vanished, crossing the Strait of Malacca where civilian air traffic control made the last contact with MH370. On March 4, 2014, the Beijing Capital International Airport was alerted of a terror threat made by an “unknown man.” More oddities below the photo.
There are flights from Kuala Lumpur direct to Frankfurt at about $978 USD; from Beiijing to Frankfurt the cost is considerably less, about $395 USD.
Two South African women flew Flight MH370 with the same pilots, First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid and Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah in December 2011. “At one stage they were pretty much turned around the whole time in their seats talking to us.”
Regarding the map above:
The Malacca Strait runs all the way down the west side of Malaysia, quite close to Kuala Lumpur. There has been some speculation that if the plane suffered a problem with its computer systems and the pilots wanted to return to the airport, they could have been trying to track the west coast back down to KL.
That is speculation, but what we do know is that if they are now focusing attention on the Malacca Strait, they must give some credence to the early report that a military radar had seen the plane turn around, or change course. Source: The Telegraph
Malaysian military says the flight took a “lower altitude:”
“It changed course after Kota Bharu and took a lower altitude. It made it into the Malacca Strait,” the military official, who has been briefed on investigations, told Reuters…
That would appear to rule out sudden catastrophic mechanical failure, as it would mean the plane flew around 500 km (350 miles) at least after its last contact with air traffic control, although its transponder and other tracking systems were off. Source: Reuters
UPDATE 3/11/14 @ 10:07 am: Greta Van Susteren:
What happened at the airport before the plane pulled away from the jet way is just awful. Two passengers, each buying a ticket, one way, cash, 20 minutes before departure. Could anything look more suspicious? Would you not think, at a minimum, Malaysia Airlines would be a tad bit suspicious?
Well, it gets even worse. Those same two one-way cash travelers are traveling on stolen passports. And that’s not even hard to find out. All Malaysia Airlines had to do was run the passports through the Interpol database. Too lazy? Didn’t care?
And if that isn’t bad enough? How about this? The United States government allows Malaysia Airlines, with their sloppy security, to it fly into the United States. They land in Los Angeles. Source: Fox News Insider
Updates when available.
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