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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: One of the passengers with stolen passport is 19-year-old Iranian

Published on Mar 11, 2014 3:23 PM

The passenger who boarded the Malaysia Airlines flight using a stolen Austrian passport was a 19-year-old Iranian who might have been trying to migrate to Germany.

He was unlikely to be a member of any terrorist group, said Malaysian authorities at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

(Second, left) Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad with his friends. The young man on the right is believed to have travelled with him on the plane. -- PHOTO: BBC

The authorities have identified the teenager asPouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad. They said they have been in contact with the teenager's mother who had been waiting for him in Frankfurt.

A Malaysian police official displays photographs of the two men who boarded the Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight using stolen European passports to the media at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

The mother had known that he was traveling on a stolen passport, police added.  

The police are looking at possible scenarios including hijacking, sabotage, psychological problem and the personal lives of the passengers and crew. 

(Left) One of the two men whom police said were travelling on stolen passports onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane and Italian tourist Luigi Maraldi (right) whose passport was stolen. -- PHOTOS: REUTERS/PHUKET WAN TOURISM NEWS

Officials added that a passenger could have taken out a huge life insurance and then boarded the plane. 

Police said they will be releasing photos of the two who travelled on stolen passports.