|Quoting Dalavia (Reply 125):|
I visited Esfahan a couple of years ago. For those who don't know, Iran's nuclear facilities are located just beyond the outskirts of Esfahan.
Iran doesn't have just one nuclear facility, it has many across the country. One of them is Natanz, located about half an hour's/hour's drive from Isfahan: https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Natanz+Uranium+Enrichment+Facilityemail@example.com,51.7271948,328683m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3f9641766bc26177:0x73be8627a51d5cc
Although I don't see how it's totally relevant. If the theory is turning the plane into a dirty bomb or the like, they could load nuclear equipment anywhere. Also, who is suspected of carrying this out? The Iranian Quds Force? I doubt they'd ever get sanction from Khamenei in the current political environment. Al Qaeda? Well they are about as welcome in Iran as rabies.
Also, two nearby countries, India and Pakistan, actually have nuclear weapons capability, Iran does not.
There are two points with the 'steal aircraft for later use' theory that I see as difficult to understand that mainly involve logic:
1. The passengers. Even if hijackers have no qualms about killing them, how would they do so? I'm presuming that KUL
security is not so terrible (it certainly isn't to my experience) that a group of pax or crew could sneak on a large number of guns etc that would be necessary to carry that out. I think if the hijackers were the pilots, it would be possible to kill the pax before landing, no? Still, I find their presence a huge unnecessary obstacle to someone's plan.
2. Just putting myself in the shoes of whoever is deliberately flying the plane off course for nefarious purposes. I wouldn't believe that in 2014 I could just scoot about on a 772 across SE
Asia without being detected. While we are now seeing that Malaysia's air defence system is a horrible joke, unless the hijackers (for want of a better word) knew that to be the case, could they really? believe they'd get away with it?
[Edited 2014-03-15 01:03:20]