According to a new investigation, Malaysian authorities believed the plane – carrying 239 passengers and crew – had been taken over by Iranian terrorists who wanted to fly it back towards the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Acting quickly – and faced with a disaster of global proportions – the allegedly government ordered a warning strike on the plane.
But, speaking exclusively to the Daily Star Online, private investigator Noel O’Gara said this mission went horribly wrong and the plane was brought down in the Andaman Sea – as seen by a number of eyewitnesses.
Noel, an Ireland-based journalist, has researched the disappearance of MH370 for four years, speaking to dozens of experts and studying all of the various press releases from the Malaysian government after the crash. Key to Noel’s extraordinary claims are the two young men (below) from Iran who travelled on board the flight on stolen passports.
According to investigators, the two men, both Iranians were travelling on forged and stolen passports in a bid to reach Europe and seek asylum there. The men, who were identified as Pouria Nour Mohammad, 19, and Seyed Mohammed Rezar Delawar, 29 were friends, according to Malaysian officials.
Nour Mohammad had been using a stolen Austrian passport in an attempt to reach Germany to seek asylum and reunite with his mother, Malaysian police said. His mother was waiting for him in Frankfurt. Delawar was believed to have been using a stolen Italian passport..
On October 11 2014, after Mehrdad had been confirmed as a passenger, Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a press conference: “We believe he is not likely to be a member of any terrorist group. We believe he is trying to migrate to Germany.”
However, Noel claims, when MH370 was reported as going off its original course, with two citizens from Iran travelling on stolen passports, Malaysian authorities would have feared the worst.
The most likely target for a 9/11-style attack in Kuala Lumpur would have been the iconic 452m (1,483ft) Petronas twin towers – the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. Mehrdad had pictured himself posing in front of the Petronas towers just days before the ill-fated MH370 flight.
But, Noel says, there can be no doubt the pair were on the Malaysian security forces’ radar, and the fact they were eliminated as suspects by authorities within 72 hours of the plane’s disappearance is suspicious.
“Two Iranians boarding a flight to Germany via China with stolen passports would send alarm bells ringing in any cops ears,” Noel explained.