Officials Identify Passengers Traveling On Missing Jet With Stolen Passports

The men are Iranians with no apparent links to terrorist groups, officials said Tuesday. The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight continues.

1. Updated – 6:50 a.m., ET

2. The two men traveling with stolen passports were Iranians with no apparent ties to terror groups, officials said Tuesday.

Handout / Reuters

Officials identified the men as 18-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad (left) and Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, 29.

Malaysian police believe Mehrdad was seeking asylum in Germany.

Authorities do not believe either man is member of a terrorist group.

3. According to the Associated Press, Mehrdad’s mother is apparently waiting for him in Frankfurt and contacted Malaysian authorities after she became concerned when she didn’t hear from her son.

Wong Maye-E/Associated Press

5. In a statement Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines said rescue teams “have expanded the scope beyond the flight path to the West Peninsula of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca.”

China Stringer Network / Reuters

As far as a cause of the disappearance, the airline said that “all angles are being looked at. We are not ruling out any possibilities.”

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