The Malaysian government concluded on March 24 that the missing Flight MH370 had crashed into a remote part of the Indian Ocean. But now there are even more questions after officials admitted that photos of the flight’s passengers had been accidentally altered.
The conspiracy theories surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 keep growing, and situations like this don’t make it any better.
Malaysia Flight Photos Altered: Officials Admit To Photoshopping Pictures
Images released of two men who boarded the Boeing 777 with stolen passports, showed them both wearing the same exact pants and shoes. The fact that the two men appeared to have an identical set of legs in the photos caused an outrage on Twitter, with people demanding answers about what seemed to be Photoshopped pictures.
Malaysian police admitted that the misleading photos were the result of an accident that occurred when the images were placed on top of each other while they were being photocopied, the UK’s Daily Mail reports.
A spokesperson said that it was not “done with malice or to mislead.”
The two men in the photos, who were believed to be seeking asylum from Iran, have been identified as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29.
Malaysian Flight Crashed In Indian Ocean
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced in a press conference on March 24 that the missing plane had crashed in a remote part of the Indian Ocean, although the search for the wreckage is ongoing. Family members were informed of the sad news via text, which also caused controversy.
This is the text message that the airline sent to family members of the MH370 passengers:
Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, new analysis of satellite data suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.
On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.
We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We will continue to provide assistance and support to you, as we have done since MH370 first disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain. Alongside the search for MH370, there is an intensive investigation, which we hope will also provide answers.
We would like to assure you that Malaysia Airlines will continue to give you our full support throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead.
Once again, we humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.
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— Chloe Melas