MH370 search continues; Malaysia to release photos of passengers with stolen passports

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues as Malaysian authorities mull releasing photos of the two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports.

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According to a report published on Yahoo! News Malaysia, search and rescue forces are now looking for the missing aircraft on a wider area, covering both land and sea.

Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman reportedly said the coverage has been expanded to 100 nautical miles or 185 kilometers from Igari, off Kota Baru.

The official said the decision to widen the search area was based on the flight path along with the probability that the ill-fated plane turned back.

Efforts to find the missing Boeing 777, according to the latest update, now involve a total of 34 aircrafts and forty vessels.

Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities are set to release pictures of the two MH370 passengers who allegedly travelled with stolen Italian and Austrian passports, a separate Yahoo! News report says.

Acting transport minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein reportedly revealed that the images were captured from a close circuit television (CCTv) camera installed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

At a press conference, he said media will be given copies of the photos of the two suspects, which were already shared to both local and international intelligence agencies. As to when the pictures will be released is still unknown.

Besides mid-air disintegration among other possibilities, the angle of a terror attack as the cause of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is reportedly being probed.