Photos of 2 Traveling with Stolen Passports on Malaysian Plane Released

Two traveling with stolen passports

MORE COVERAGE OF MALAYSIA PLANE CRASH

Interpol has released an image of two Iranians who were traveling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

The image showed the two Iranian men boarding a plane at the same time.

Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble said Tuesday the two men traveled to Malaysia on their own Iranian passports, then apparently switched to the stolen Austrian and Italian documents.

Noble said the recent information about the men made terrorism a less likely cause of the plane’s disappearance, but that did not allay concerns about the ease of travel involving stolen passports.

He identified the men as Pouri Nourmohammadi, 19, and Delavar Seyedmohammadreza, 29.

The 19-year-old is believed to have planned to seek asylum in Germany.

On Tuesday, authorities expanded their search for the Boeing 777 on the opposite side of the country’s coast from where it disappeared days ago with 239 people on board.

The plane took off from Kuala Lumpur, on the western coast of Malaysia, early Saturday en route to Beijing. It flew overland across Malaysia and crossed the eastern coast into the Gulf of Thailand at 35,000 feet (11,000 metres).

There it disappeared from radar screens. The airline says the pilots didn’t send any distress signals, suggesting a sudden and possibly catastrophic incident.

This report contains information from The Associated Press. Copyright 2014.