Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Ticket purchase adds to mystery
By Jethro Mullen and Jim Clancy, CNN
updated 6:50 AM EDT, Sun March 9, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) -- Two people who traveled on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight under the passports of an Italian and an Austrian citizen appear to have bought their tickets together.
Authorities say they are investigating the identities of some of those on board who appear to have issues with their passports.
What happened to the plane? Why was no distress signal issued? Who exactly was aboard?
As the search continues, relatives of those on board the plane continue to await news of the fate of their loved ones.
If all those on board the flight are found to have died, it will rank as the deadliest airline disaster since November 12, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into a New York neighborhood, killing all 260 people on board and five more on the ground.
A U.S. intelligence official said that no link to terrorism had been discovered so far, but that authorities were still investigating.
Of the two passports in question, the Italian one had been reported stolen and was in Interpol's database, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Tom Fuentes said, citing sources at Interpol.
It was not until July 2012 that investigators published their report, which blamed the crash on a series of errors by the pilots and a failure to react effectively to technical problems.