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MH370: Flight engineer scrutinised

It’s thought the Boeing 777 flew for up to seven hours after vanishing from radar nine days ago.

Visitors write on a banner carrying messages for the passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 16, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Investigators say they are looking into a flight engineer who was one of the passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

It's thought the Boeing 777 flew for up to seven hours after vanishing from radar nine days ago when its communication systems were deliberately switched off.

Although South Africa is not among the 25 countries searching for the missing flight, authorities say security at the country's biggest airport is adequate.

The South African Police Services and private security guards are visible throughout the terminal at the OR Tambo International Airport.

South Africa doesn't have a history of missing flights or major crashes. The last attack to take place was in 1993, when the AWB detonated a car bomb outside a terminal.

In the international area Customs officials scrutinise visitors to Johannesburg while Home Affairs employees have been tasked with identifying fake travel documents.

This is believed to be a central part of the investigation into the Air Malaysia flight's disappearance.

Meanwhile, search operations for the missing plane have been suspended as Malaysia seeks technical assistance from New Delhi in corroborating the possible paths that the plane might have taken after losing contact with air control traffic controllers.

India on Sunday suspended search operations until fresh areas could be identified by Malaysia's government.

The Malaysian government called on the international community for help and at present 25 countries are involved in the search.

The search area has also been expanded to include the area from central Asia to the south of the Indian Ocean.

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