Stolen passport users have been identified.
Authorities have identified the two passengers who used stolen passports to board the flight. They are both young Iranians, 19-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad and 29-year-old Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza. Malaysian police believe that one of the men was trying to emigrate to Germany in hopes of seeking asylum.
Terrorism seems unlikely, but hasn’t been ruled out yet.
While a terrorist organization called the Chinese Martyr’s Brigade has claimed responsibility for the missing flight, officials are skeptical about the claim.
In a press conference Tuesday, Malaysian police downplayed the likelihood of terrorism, though it remains a possibility.
Passengers’ phones are still ringing
In a haunting phenomenon, families and friends of those now missing aboard Flight MH370 report that when they dial passengers, their phones continue to ring. Experts say the ringing phones may just be due to how mobile networks operate. Just because the phone is ringing on the caller’s end, does not mean that the phone of the receiver is actually ringing, said wireless analyst Jeff Kagan to NBC News.
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