Many questions remain in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Most recently, authorities discovered nearly $35,000 was stolen from the bank accounts of three passengers and one crew member. Authorities have determined the theft was facilitated by an HSBC bank employee, who transferred the funds out of the victims’ accounts.
Authorities identified the victims of theft as Ju Kun, Tian Jun Wei, Tan Size Hian, and Hue Pui Heng.
Officials confirmed the former bank employee and her husband were arrested last Thursday. Although the couple remains in custody, criminal charges have not been filed. Izany Abdul Ghany, Assistant Commissioner of Kuala Lumpur’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department, said the couple is being held on an extended remand order.
In an official statement, an HSBC spokeswoman apologized for the breach:
“HSBC is deeply sorry for this incident and apologizes to the families of our customers for the distress this will cause and assures them there will be no losses on these accounts.”
Although two suspects are in custody, a third suspect is still wanted in connection with the thefts from the flight 370 passengers. Authorities are currently seeking any information about Ali Farran or his current whereabouts.
Farran is described as a Pakistani national, who may have entered Malaysia illegally. As reported by CNN, the suspect is an experienced automobile mechanic. Although his current location is unknown, officials believe he is still in Malaysia.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on March 8, 2014. Despite numerous extensive searches, the plane’s final destination remains a mystery. As reported by NBC News, the missing plane was carrying 239 passengers and crew.
Officials are still searching for clues in the disappearance of MH370. Despite numerous conspiracy theories, authorities believe the plane experienced mechanical failure while crossing the southern Indian Ocean.
Beginning in September, Fugro Survey will begin scanning the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia. The Dutch company will deploy two ships, which are equipped with deep-sea vehicles, sonar equipment, video cameras, and “multibeam echo sounders.”
The equipment will allow the company to search and area up to 23,000 square miles wide and four miles deep.
Although the thefts sparked renewed conspiracy theories about flight 370’s disappearance, authorities confirmed the breach was limited to four passengers. Additionally, the money was not transferred until four months after the plane vanished.
The fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may never be known. Unfortunately some people have taken advantage of the tragedy for their own monetary gain.
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