The two individuals using stolen passports to board the missing Malaysia Airline flight were Iranians seeking asylum in Europe. The men were identified as Pouri Nourmohammadi, 19, and Delavar Seyedmohammaderza, 29. Both were identified by Interpol.
Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble identified the men. Noble said that the two men had traveled to Malaysia from Tehran using Iranian passports, but had secured stolen Italian and Austrian passports in Kuala Lumpur for their planned journey to Beijing and Amsterdam, for which both had tickets and planned to travel together.