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Passports probed in mystery of missing jet

By AP Reporters

Travel agents at a beach resort in Thailand have been questioned about two men who boarded the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane with stolen passports.

Nearly three days after the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, no debris has been seen in Asian waters.

Five passengers who checked in for Flight MH370 did not board the plane, and their luggage was removed, authorities said.

Malaysian transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said this also was being investigated, but he did not say whether this was suspicious.

The search effort, involving at least 34 aircraft and 40 ships from several countries, was being widened to a 100-nautical mile (115 mile) radius from the point the plane vanished from radar screens between Malaysia and Vietnam early on Saturday with no distress signal.

Two of the passengers were travelling on passports stolen in Thailand and had onward tickets to Europe, but it is not known whether the men had anything to do with the jet's disappearance.

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