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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Investigation to leave no stones unturned: Police chief

Published on Mar 11, 2014 5:20 PM
 
A policewoman holds up a photo of one of the two men whom they believe were travelling onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 on stolen passports after a news conference in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Hijacking, sabotage, psychological and personal problems of the passengers and crew are four areas of investigation that the Malaysian police are looking at, said Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Hijacking, sabotage, psychological and personal problems of the passengers and crew are four areas of investigation that the Malaysian police are looking at, said Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar on Tuesday.

Mr Khalid who is not leaving any stones unturned, said that his team has exchanged information and intelligence with their counterparts from around the world, including the 14 countries where most of the passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were from.

On Monday night, China's deputy director of Consular Affairs Guo Shaochun, who headed a 10-member team, with officers from the Department of Civil Aviation, Police, Transportation and Foreign affairs ministries, arrived in Kuala Lumpur. Their primary objectives are to assist families of the missing passengers and the relevant authorities in their investigations, Mr Guo told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

A group of family members of the Chinese passengers arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Beijing at about 8am on Tuesday. They were led out of the airport through a special exit and did not meet the more than 50 members of the media waiting for them at the arrival hall.

Mr Khalid said he did not meet the Chinese families, but has met the Chinese officers on Tuesday afternoon, who provided him with photographs of all 153 passengers, including their profiles.

"We are going through all the profiles of passengers and crew of this missing plane," said Mr Khalid, who did not rule out the possibility of any passenger taking up a huge life insurance before boarding the plane.

Mr Khalid added that the team of investigators are also going through all the video footage from March 7 until the time the plane took off, to study the behavioural patterns of passengers.

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