NANCE: The likelihood of a structural failure in the absence of a thunderstorm or a mechanical failure bringing a big jet like this with such a superlative record down is almost infinitesimally small.
CURLEY: Or possible pilot error. Today's modern aircraft are so advanced, some pilots have lost their basic flying skills, a dangerous situation that which the FAA calls automation addiction and that was a factor in the crash of Air France 447 into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009.
Or the most troubling scenario, a deliberate act -- a bomb, a hijacking or possibly even pilot suicide. That took down Egypt Air Flight 990 off Nantucket in 1999.
Federal officials are already working, law enforcement officials, with the Malaysians. But aviation officials from our country also to want to help.
CURLEY: So right now Boeing and the NTSB have put together a team. It's poised and ready to go, but Martha, they need an invitation from the Malaysians and so far they have not received one.
RADDATZ: Thanks very much, David.
The chair of the House intelligence committee Mike Rogers joins us now with more on this mid-air mystery.
Chairman Rogers, there's no direct indication of terrorism. I know you have been briefed on this, what can you tell us?
ROGERS: Yeah, the investigation is in the early stages. So, there's two parts of it. One, the search for the wreckage, which is incredibly important to make some determination about what happened. And secondly trying to identify the two individuals who were traveling on stolen passports.
RADDATZ: And what can you tell us about those individuals and how that could happen? Those people who's passports were stolen actually reported that. So, why weren't they stopped at some of those checkpoints in an airport?
ROGERS: Yeah. Unfortunately this is -- it's not common, but it is not unheard of, either, that stolen passports can be re-purposed and used, mainly for the quality of the passports themselves. So, given the right circumstances, and in this case clearly it worked, they were able to board and gained entry. And they would be doctored up, there would be individuals who would have the skillset to change those passports just enough that they could identify with the individual that was using it.
So, what they'll do now is they'll go back through the airport and make a determination through cameras and other means to try to identify the individuals and then track that back.
So it's really very, very early. They're going through those processes now. And it will be just -- it will be a matter of time. They'll probably identify them.
RADDATZ: Speaking of surveillance, I know the U.S., the Pentagon, has a tracking system and can see explosions in the air or missile launches. Any indication of an explosion that they may have been tracking and seeing?
ROGERS: No. There's nothing that we've -- nothing that certainly I have seen that would indicate anything of the sort, which is certainly adding to the mystery. And again the important part is they are going to have to find some part of the wreckage somewhere in order to start making those determinations if it was mechanical or something else.