WHERE IS FLIGHT MH370?
Boeing 777 Still Missing with 239 Souls on Board
By Harold Hutchison
The search continues for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, as the mysterious disappearance of the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board in the early morning hours of 8 March continues to baffle the world. In addition to two stolen passports, it has also been revealed that two more people on board were listed with “suspicious identities” by authorities.
The London Daily Mail reported that the two passengers who used stolen passports from Italy and Austria had their passage booked by an Iranian. Meanwhile, the New York Post, citing an unnamed senior official, said that investigators were noting parallels to Pan Am 103, a Boeing 747 that was blown up by a bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, and Air India Flight 182, another 747 blown up by a bomb off the coast of Ireland in 1985.
Finger-pointing has also begun, especially over the stolen passports. “Can’t these immigration officials think? Italian and Austrian [passport holders] but with Asian faces,” said Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Meanwhile, the search continues, with 40 ships and over 30 aircraft from ten countries searching for the missing airliner. Among the searchers is the USS Pinckney (DDG 91), which also is contributing two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion is also assisting the search.
Authorities also reported five people had been checked onto the flight, but did not board.