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Published: Sunday March 9, 2014 MYT 8:27:00 PM
Updated: Sunday March 9, 2014 MYT 9:56:14 PM

Missing MAS flight: I'm still at the beach, says owner of stolen Italian passport

KUALA LUMPUR: Luigi Maraldi, the Italian citizen, whose passport went missing while he was in Phuket last year, is surprised that his name turned up in the flight manifest of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Speaking to The Star, the 37-year-old, who is currently in Phuket for a vacation, said he had met with the Thai police and immigration department, as well as the Italian embassy, following the discovery that his identity may had been stolen by an individual aboard the flight which went off the radar at 1.30am Saturday.

Owner of stolen Italian passport Luigi Maraldi, 37.
"I'm okay. I'm still fine and going to the beach. I don't know when all this began, everyone has been trying to call me including reporters from Italy and I think I would like to just have my privacy," he said.

Maraldi reported his passport missing on August 1, 2013 when he deposited it with a rental car agency and was told it had gone missing when he came to return his vehicle, according to The Washington Post.

He was able to obtain a temporary travel document back to Italy where he obtained a new passport. The report of his missing document was inserted into the Interpol database.

It was reported that a second passenger on flight MH370 had also used a stolen passport, this time that of Austrian national Christan Kozel, who was confirmed to be alive and well by authorities.

Kozel told Austrian newspaper De Standard that his passport was stolen when he visited Thailand in 2012.

It is learnt that the two imposters had bought tickets together at the same time from MAS code sharing partner China Southern Airlines in Thai Baht.

Civil Aviation Department (DCA) director-general said the two imposters were captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and were working on establishing who they are.

The use of the stolen passports has sparked fears of a terror plot aboard MH370, triggering several investigations by anti-terrorism agencies, including the FBI.

Tags / Keywords: KLIA, Missing flight, MAS, MH370, Passport, Luigi Maraldi

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