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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Kuala Lumpur probing two more passengers on flight MH370, says source

Published on Mar 9, 2014 11:20 AM
 
A spokesman (centre) of Malaysia Airlines is surrounded by journalists as he gives a briefing about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at a hotel in Beijing on March 8, 2014. Malaysian authorities are investigating the identities of at least two other passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in addition to two who were found to be using stolen passports, a security official said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysian authorities are investigating the identities of at least two other passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in addition to two who were found to be using stolen passports, a security official said.

Investigators were verifying the identities with the relevant embassies in Malaysia, said the official, who has knowledge of the investigation and declined to be identified.

The passengers being checked had all bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines, the official said.

The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast.

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