The use of stolen passports by two passengers to board a Malaysian airliner that vanished over the South China Sea raises concerns that terrorists may have caused the plane’s apparent crash, say former U.S. security officials who specialize in transportation safety.
Malaysia stepped up efforts to locate a jet that may have crashed in the Gulf of Thailand, focusing on oil slicks and two passengers who used stolen passports, with officials examining television footage.
Malaysian Airline System Bhd. Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya was hired less than three years ago to steer the carrier into profitability. His mission has gotten harder as the national carrier hunts for a lost plane carrying 239 people.
Oil slicks signaled that a missing Malaysian Airline System Bhd. jet may have crashed in the Gulf of Thailand even as the mystery surrounding the plane deepened with the discovery that two passengers used stolen passports.
Two passengers on the Malaysian Airline System Bhd. jet that disappeared with 239 people on board used stolen Austrian and Italian passports to board the aircraft, the European countries’ foreign ministries said.
Palm oil climbed to the highest level since September 2012 on concern that a prolonged dry spell in Malaysia and Indonesia, the biggest growers, may reduce supplies of the world’s most-used cooking oil.