Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Blog Site Retracts Claim that Pilot Used Photoshop on Image of Jet

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By Vittorio Hernandez | June 25, 2014 12:57 PM EST

A blog in Orient Post that originally questioned the authenticity of the image of a jet believed to be that of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and discovered by pilot Michael Hoebel has retracted its claim.

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A man travelling on a stolen passport on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was a young Iranian who has no links to terrorists.

The retraction was made after Hoebel provided the editor of Orient Post, Mr L'Angelle, links to the original copies of the images on the TomNod Web site, "irrefutably showing that Mr. Hoebel did not in any way alter, doctor, or photoshop these images."

Orient Post's retraction reads:

"Status quo of Orient Post report on Michael Hoebel and his image regarding missing aircraft in Gulf of Thailand. The person in question named above has sent an email regarding his claims as to the location of the aircraft .... The documents relayed in the email will be reviewed; in the meantime, all reference to Mike Hoebel's credibility at Orient Post as being a "fraud" will be removed .... It is believed that Mr. Hoebel probably acted in good faith and his effort was the result of a great deal of research."

International Business Times previously reported both on the discovery of Hoebel and the claim in the Orient Post blog that questioned the authenticity of the image in a news article on May 1, 2014.

Read: Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Is Micahel Hoebel's Claim of Finding Missing Boeing 777 Jet Real or a Product of Photoshop?

IBT has also issued an erratum to reflect the retraction made by Orient Post.

Meanwhile, the aviation industry recently marked the 100th day that the ill-fated plane went missing, and until now authorities are still searching for the aircraft that was bound for Beijing with 239 people on board.

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A man travelling on a stolen passport on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was a young Iranian who has no links to terrorists.
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