KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING, March 9 � Malaysia today launched a terror probe into the mysterious disappearance of a plane with 239 people aboard after it emerged that two passengers boarded the flight with stolen passports, even as a massive multinational search mission continued for the second day without any success, reports PTI.
Preliminary investigation indicated that the Boeing 777-200 flight of Malaysia�Airlines that went missing yesterday over the South China Sea en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur may have turned back. The plane had 227 passengers aboard, including five Indians and one Indian- origin Canadian, and 12 crew members.
Planes and ships from six countries today resumed the hunt for the MH370 flight that suddenly disappeared from the radar one hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur Airport on Friday midnight.
The discovery that two passengers were carrying stolen passports raised the unsettling possibility of foul play.
�We are not ruling out anything,� the chief executive of Malaysia Airlines Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in Kuala Lumpur on being asked whether the terror angle was being probed.
On the two imposters who boarded the flight using passports lost by an Italian and an Austrian, Malaysian Defence Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein�said the authorities would screen �the entire manifest� of the flight.
The minister confirmed the FBI has dispatched its officers to Malaysia. �At the same time our own intelligence has been activated, and of course, the counter-terrorism units... From all the relevant countries have been informed,� he said.
Hussein also did not rule out the possibility of a hijack.