Further to my post and photo of 9M-MRO
at reply 92, I can comment that security at KUL
appeared very tight with a further check of all persons and hand baggage at the gate prior to boarding.
Regarding speculation of terrorism, I really hope this is not the case, although for Boeing and the B777, it would be a better outcome. At least all would be satisfied that the plane was in the clear. Not of course a good outcome for Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines, the latter experiencing recent financial difficulties.
If a bomb were to have been responsible, it would likely have been in hold baggage, not hand baggage for the reason given in my first point. Although on that point, we did not have to separate liquids from carry on baggage in the way UK airports demand. It was scanned while inside your hand baggage.
There is however a vague case here. China has already put Xinjiang separatists responsible for the recent terrorist attack in Kunming and other less well reported incidents in Beijing and other places. MH
370 had a high proportion of Chinese nationals on board with PEK
as the destination. The flight was also code shared with CZ
748. If Xinjiang related terrorists wished to target a flight, it would likely be to or from PEK
. To pull this off on a flight out of PEK
would be extremely difficult so it would likely be done from somewhere else. Malaysia is an Islamic country and I guess it would be possible for Al Qaeda affiliated groups to have infiltrated the system at KUL
. To pull this off would clearly need to have been a well organised inside job with today's security protocol.
Thinking this through logically however, I suggest that the bomb scenario is hence too far fetched, possible, but highly unlikely.
Whatever the cause, this is not the news any of us wanted to hear this morning. And for me having flown with MH
so many times over January and February, this is just too close for comfort!