Malaysia’s national police chief Tuesday said one of the two passengers who boarded missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with stolen passports is a 19-year-old Iranian who appeared to be attempting to migrate to Germany to reunite with his mother.
Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar told a news conference that Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad’s mother contacted Malaysian authorities after news of the flight’s disappearance Saturday just an hour after take off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.
Mr. Mehrdad, who was traveling on a passport reported stolen in Thailand last year by 30-year-old, Austrian Christian Kozel, didn’t appear to be connected with any terrorist groups, Inspector-General Khalid said, adding that he had been in contact with Iranian authorities over the matter. “We believe he was trying to migrate to Germany,” he said. “His mother was expecting him to arrive. She contacted us here, so that’s how we know he is the one.”
Inspector-General Khalid said the identity of the other passenger who boarded using a foreign passport is still being investigated.