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LONDON, March 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Malaysian Airlines air carrier denies the alleged implication of the missing Boeing 777-200 aircrew in the plane’s disappearance, Reuters news agency reported with reference to the company’s representative.
At present, the search for the missing jet is underway on an area of several hundreds of kilometers between the Chinese coast and the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean. 42 ships and 35 planes from Malaysia, China, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and the USA are taking part in the search operation. Japan’s government also expressed its readiness to provide two military-transport P-3C jets to take part in the search.
On Wednesday, Malaysian Airlines addressed the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking for assistance in searching the missing plane. However, it is yet unknown, which area will be explored by Indian military.
Earlier, Vietnam partly suspended the search operations saying it was receiving unclear information from Malaysia regarding the airliner’s destination after the connection was lost. However, after a while the search has been resumed in to the full extent, as reported by Vietnamese army’s spokesperson.
Since there is no data that could explain the disappearance of Boeing 777, Malaysian police follows several versions of the occurred and collects information on possible mental disorders among the passengers of crewmembers. It was supposed that the Boeing 777-200 prior to its disappearance could change its route towards the Strait of Malacca. However, Malaysian Air Force command dismissed these allegations. Indonesia and Thailand, which are located to the north from the Strait of Malacca, also stated that their radars did not locate the Malaysian Airlines’ plane flying over their air spaces.
Boeing 777-200 with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers departed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Friday, March 7. Nearly two hours after the departure, the plane unexpectedly disappeared from the radar screens and the crew stopped to establish communication. In this moment, it was supposed to be over the South China Sea in 120 km from the city of Kota Bharu.
After the list of passengers was published, it turned out that two people got on the plane with stolen passports. The real owners of the passports, an Italian and an Austrian, reported that they lost their documents in Thailand.
According to Interpol, two Iranians used the stolen documents. However, the international police doubts that these men could in anyway be part of the plane’s disappearance.