Rep. King on Flight 370: 'Nothing Out There Indicating It's Terrorists'

March 17, 2014 - 7:16 PM

Peter King

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) -  Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopolous" that there have been "no terrorist connections" to missing Malaysia Air flight 370, although he expressed concern about the two Iranian passengers, who used stolen passports to board the plane, as well as the pilot and co-pilot.

"No there's been no terrorist connections whatsoever. There's been no terrorist chatter. There's nothing out there indicating it's terrorists. It doesn't mean it's not, but so far nothing has been picked up the intelligence community from day one. I still have questions about the two Iranians who were on the plane, but again that could be a side issue. The fact is nothing has come up indicating a terrorist connection," King said.

Interpol identified the two men who used stolen passports to board the plan as 18-year-old Pouri Nour Mohammadi 29-year-old Delavar Seyed Mohammad Reza. The two were ruled out as terrorists. Authorities said Mohammadi was seeking asylum in Europe, CBS News reported.

"What's your biggest question about the Iranians?" Stephanopolous asked.

"Just the fact that they were there and written off so quickly as having any threat. I mean why do they have to get on that plane to Seychelles Island? The fact that it was so easy for them to get on with stolen passports. It just creates a terorrist atmosphere. Having said that, there's nothing showing it. I just wouldn't rule that out now. That's all," said King.

The focus has shifted to the pilot and co-pilot - Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah and 1st Officer Fariq Ab Hamid - who may have have been involved in the plane's disappearance on March 8, CNN reported.

"The fact is the FBI was not asked in, and you know, these pilots they should have been - these pilot and co-pilot should have been the focus from the start. That would be ordinary law enforcement and investigatory procedures," said King.

"The FBI could have been called to help that. Interpol could have been called in, our intelligence agencies, but my understanding is that Malaysia is not really cooperating at all. They're very reluctant to lay what they have out on the table," he added.