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This paragraph is on an articular of a newspaper:

Thai officials arrested the five-man crew on Friday after seizing the large cargo craft at Bangkok’s military airport, where the crew had landed to refuel. It was unclear why the crew would have chosen a close American ally for a refueling stop, rather than neighboring Myanmar, which has deep business and political ties to North Korea.

--taken from The New York Times

I dont know what is the difference between:

1.It was unclear why the crew would have chosen a close American ally for a refueling stop (would+have+pp)

2.It was unclear why the crew chose a close American ally for a refueling stop (the simple past)

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  1. It was unclear why the crew would have chosen a close American ally for a refueling stop ----- here Writer is contemplating about the incident.

  2. It was unclear why the crew chose a close American ally for a refueling stop--- here writer is providing information about what has happened to readers. there is no attempt of finding the reasons.

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