Pouria Nour Mohammed Mehrdad, 19, has been identified as one of the two Iranian men who were traveling on stolen passports aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The plane went missing early Saturday morning when it lost radio communication with air traffic control over the South China Sea.
Here is what you need to know:
1. His Mother Was Waiting for Him in Frankfurt
Malaysian Police Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar revealed to the press on Tuesday that one of the two men traveling on flight 370 with stolen passports was 19-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammed Mehrdad. The Chicago Tribune reports that Mehrdad was identified by authorities after his mother, who had been waiting for him to arrive in Frankfurt, Germany, heard news that the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was missing.
2. He Was Traveling With a Stolen Austrian Passport
In the wake of the crash, authorities revealed that two of the passengers on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight were traveling on European passports that were reportedly stolen from tourists in Thailand.
The passport he was flying on was an Austrian passport.
3. He & Delavar Reza Entered Malaysia With Legit Iranian Passports
Authorities believe that 19-year-old Mehrdad was traveling with Delavar Seyed Mohammad Reza, 29, who was also carrying a European passport stolen in Thailand. The two were reported to have crossed into Malaysia using their valid Iranian passports.
On the missing flight, Reza was traveling with an Italian passport and was bound for Copenhagen.
4. Authorities Say They Probably Have Nothing to Do With the Disappearance
According to the BBC, traveling on stolen passports is hardly a sign of terrorism as it is a common occurrence at an air travel hub infamous for illegal immigration.
Experts have also told news outlets that it is very unlikely that these two men were associated with terrorist organizations, or that they had anything to do with the plane’s disappearance.
5. The Plane Is Still Missing
Tuesday, March 11, is the fourth day of an international search and rescue operation that is channeling the resources of Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Singapore. The plane went missing at around 2:30 a.m. as it flew over the South China Sea. It was due to land in Beijing at around 6:40 a.m.
Now, authorities believe the plane may have crashed in the Straits of Malacca, but as of now, no evidence has been found of the plane.
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