LONDON, March 10 – The international police agency, Interpol, confirmed on Sunday that at least two passports — Austrian and Italian — recorded in its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database were used by passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported that they were added to the database after the passports were reported stolen in Thailand in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
As no country had contacted Interpol regarding these two stolen passports between the time they were entered into Interpol’s database and the departure of flight MH370, Interpol is unable to determine how many other occasions these passports were used to board flights or cross borders. While checking all documents used on the flight, Interpol also discovered some suspect passports.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said his agency was making all needed resources available to help relevant authorities in Malaysia and the countries concerned find out what happened to the missing jetliner. It is currently in contact with its National Central Bureaus in the countries concerned to determine the real identities of the passengers who used the stolen passports to board the missing flight, he said.
Search and rescue is continuing for Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777-200 aircraft which suddenly went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early Saturday morning, with 12 crew members and 227 passengers on board.