Flight MH370 Update: Officials 'puzzled' by Malaysia Airlines mystery as search widens

The search operation continues for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Teams from nine (9) countries including the Philippines are working non-stop. However, Malaysia's civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman on Monday, March 10, 2014 confirmed they have yet to find any evidence.


Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA) has confirmed that search and rescue teams from Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, New Zealand and the United States of America have come forward to assist.

It's almost 3-days after flight MH370 lost contact with Subang ATC in the early hours of Saturday officials remain “puzzled” by its sudden disappearance and are considering all possible angles, civil aviation chief said.

The flight bound to Beijing was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members. Based from radar, the plane was lost over the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam.

Boeing-777 was cruising at 35,000 feet when it lost in apparently good weather, gave no indication of any problems and did not issue a distress call.

The civil aviation chief said: “There are many theories that have been said in the media; many experts around the world have contributed their expertise and knowledge about what could happen, what happened....We are puzzled as well."

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The navy chief said that government also thinks the possibility of hijack but still looking for explanation. This is after two passengers are confirmed aboard MH370 using stolen European passports.

According to reports, men who used the stolen passports were of Asian appearance. Documents were stolen from Luigi Maraldi and Christian Kozel in the last two years, and were listed as stolen on Interpol’s database.

Malaysia Airline in a statement said: "We are receiving many queries about how the passengers with the stolen passports purchased their tickets. We are unable to comment on this matter as this is a security issue. We can however confirm that we have given all the flight details to the authorities for further investigation."

The airline company also confirmed that they are making necessary arrangements for MH370 passengers' families from Beijing to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

"However, flight details of the families’ arrival are highly confidential. This is to protect the privacy and well-being of the families during this difficult time and to respect their space. Our position is not to reveal any information on the flight or movements of the families.", Malaysia Airlines said.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines said they are actively cooperating with the search and rescue authorities coordinated by the DCA and the Ministry of Transport.

Malaysia Airlines reiterates that it will continue to be transparent in communicating with the general public via the media on all matters affecting MH370.

Here's CNN's report on Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: What we know and don't know

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