KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- One of two Iranian men who were photographed before they boarded a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner before it took off and went missing last weekend was trying to get to Germany in search of a better life, a friend reportedly said.
Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, and Delavar Seyed Nohammad Reza, 29, were photographed last Saturday prior to the flight. Interpol identified the men on Tuesday because officials said they both traveled on stolen passports.
According to an NBC News report
, Mehrdad was seeking asylum in Germany where he hoped to start a better life. The man's friend reportedly made the statements to the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).
Mehrdad was traveling on a stolen Austrian passport while Reza used Italian documents to obtain the tickets.
The Malaysian Airlines jetliner lost radio contact with ground controllers early on March 8 and was not heard from again. Authorities believe the plane ultimately crashed somewhere, saying it may have crash landed in the ocean -- which could conceal the plane's wreckage forever.
Malaysian authorities said a background investigation concluded that it doesn't appear Mehrdad was a member of any terrorist organization.Copyright 2014 Inergize Digital. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.