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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Mystery over passenger IDs as search for MH370 resumes

Published on Mar 9, 2014 11:13 AM
Director General of Civil Avition Department Azharuddin Abdul Rahman (left) listens to questions from journalists near Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HANOI (AFP) - Mystery surrounded the identity of two passengers who appear to have used stolen European passports to board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that vanished carrying 239 people, as the search for the aircraft failed to yield a breakthrough on Sunday.

More than 30 hours after air traffic control lost communication with the Boeing 777, concerns were mounting over the possible security breach, as authorities in South-east Asia said there was still no sign of the plane after the search resumed at sea.

Flight MH370 disappeared about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur en route to the Chinese capital. A total of 153 Chinese nationals were on board, and anguished relatives camped out at Beijing airport bemoaned the lack of news on Sunday.

"The airline company didn't contact me, it was a friend," a middle-aged woman surnamed Nan told reporters, holding back tears, after finding out her brother-in-law was on the flight.

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