Spot the difference … Pouria Nour Mohammad, using an Austrian passport, and Seyed Mohammed Reza Delavar, using an Italian passport both appear to have the same lower body. Source: Getty Images
Malaysian authorities have stated that the Iranian pair were illegal immigrants who were on their way to Europe via Beijing.
The photos released by Malaysian authorities appear been intentionally altered with the use of Photoshop or smiliar. But police spokeswoman Asmawati Ahmad revealed the odd appearance of the photos stemmed from a police staff member placing one on top of the other when photocopying them. “It was not done with malice or to mislead,” she said.
Then what was it done for? This is a serious incident, the loss of a plane with 239 persons on board, and Malaysian police can’t even manage something as basic as to release the correct photos of the passengers carrying stolen passports to the media. In this electronic age, why are they “photocopying” the photos? Something is not right here! A simple photocopy error? No! The legs are too well lined up to be a simple error!
Who is in charge? These seems to be an ever increasing number of conflicting statements released by the airline, the government, the military and the police.
What is required here is one central emergency control centre where ALL information is released to the media after being thoroughly examined, so as to prevent these blunders from occurring.
The families who have lost loved ones on this flight have earned that right and deserve better.
Good observations. Why in heck would anyone photocopy pictures?? Just print them out from the computer and be done with it. One thing to keep in mind, is the fact that the Airline is a Government owned corporation. It is not privately held.
That was my thought too! Nobody in this age uses hard copy. Its all digital, electronic and instant. What did they hope to achieve by doing this? What was being covered up? Who is in charge?
Photos aside, i was thinking this morning how possibly ludicrous it is that we can not find this aircraft. I was wondering if the industry has concentrated to much on matters such as fuel economy, while ignoring concerns such an aircraft going missing. I am really just thinking out loud here and have not done any in depth research, but i would hazard a guess that devices such as transponders and ELTs, are quite old technology and have not been improved upon all that much. With that being said, i was wondering why is it even possible for the pilot to turn of a transponder? What is the harm of having it always on? Again, i am just thinking out loud here, but how about having it come on once the aircraft is off the ground and turn off once it the aircraft lands? It could be tied into the INS. Hijackings have been around for decades now and i just don’t understand the fact that someone can turn of the transponder by turning a dial. There should be a system/device that no one can tamper with, turn on/off, access, etc. If i owned and operated a $280 million piece of equipment, i would want to know where it is at all times, no matter what. More to the point, i would want to know where my customers/passengers are at all times. With todays technology, i feel that this should not be happening.