Passport Theft Adds to Mystery of Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

March 9, 2014 11:36 AM

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Passport Theft Adds to Mystery of Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Investigators trying to find out what happened to a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared en route to Beijing on Saturday morning were examining the usual causes of plane crashes: mechanical failure, pilot error, bad weather. But the discovery that two of the passengers were carrying stolen passports also raised the unsettling possibility of foul play.

By early Sunday morning, there was little to go on: no wreckage of the jet, a Boeing 777-200 with 239 people aboard, and other than oil slicks on the surface of the Gulf of Thailand that may have been from a crash, no clue that an accident had even taken place. The airline said the plane, which depa...

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