MH370: No link to terrorism, says Interpol

MH370: No link to terrorism, says Interpol
This reproduction of Malaysian police handout photographs shows 19-year-old Iranian Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad (left) and Delavar Seyed Mohammad Reza, 29, who both boarded the missing MH370 flight using stolen European passports.

SEPANG, Malaysia - The Malaysia Airlines (MAS) jetliner missing for four days is unlikely to have been downed by terrorists, Interpol said, as it identified the two Iranian men who boarded the flight with stolen passports.

"The more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it is not a terrorist incident," Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble said at a press conference at the agency's headquarters in Lyon, France, on Tuesday.

Malaysian police, however, were not ruling out foul play and said they were investigating four possible scenarios, including sabotage and hijacking of the Beijing- bound Boeing 777-200.

But as one aspect of the mystery became clearer, another deepened.

News reports said Malaysia's military radar could have tracked the missing jetliner over the Malacca Strait on the west of the peninsula, far from where it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the east coast.

But as a 10-nation search continued over air and water, there was still no trace of wreckage or debris from the plane, despite the sweep widening to a radius of 100 nautical miles.

MAS chief executive Ahmad Jauhary Yahya said the search has expanded to the west of the peninsula and the Strait of Malacca.

"The authorities are looking at a possibility of an attempt made by MH370 to turn back to Subang," he said, referring to the airport about 50km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The authorities had earlier revealed that a review of Malaysia's military radar records showed that the plane may have tried to turn around just before it lost contact at 1.30am on Saturday.

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