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Warning of ‘possible terrorist attack on China’ received by Taiwan days before Malaysia Airlines jet vanished

China Airlines says it learened about attacks on capital's airport and metro system

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 March, 2014, 4:49pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 12:12am

Taiwan's spy chief revealed yesterday that the island's security officials had last week received a warning about possible terrorist attacks on the mainland.

National Security Bureau chief Tsai De-sheng told a legislative committee that the agency had passed on a warning of planned attacks on Beijing airport and the city's subway system to mainland authorities after receiving it on March 4.

Tsai did not specify how the warning, which came three days after a knife attack at Kunming railway station left 29 civilians dead, had been relayed to the bureau.

However, security chiefs were believed to have received the alert from Taiwan-based China Airlines, following a phone call to the airline earlier in the day from a man who said he wanted to warn of possible terrorist activity.

Claiming to work for an anti-terrorism organisation in France, the caller spoke in French at first but switched to Putonghua with a Cantonese accent when the airline's switchboard operator could not understand him.

[The airline] received calls claiming to provide intelligence
CHINA AIRLINES STATEMENT

China Airlines yesterday confirmed that a call was received on March 4. It said the information it received was passed to Taiwan's civil aviation authority and aviation police.

In a statement, the airline said: "China Airlines on March 4 received a call claiming to provide intelligence on terrorist organisations and which referred to mainland China, saying Beijing airport would see terrorist attacks."

There is no indication the warning was connected to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished from radar screens in the early hours of Saturday.

Separately, on March 3 China Airlines circulated an unrelated "aviation security notice" to all staff, warning of a "significant risk of terrorist attacks and military actions against aviation", a spokeswoman said yesterday.

The spokeswoman said the notice was issued in the wake of the March 1 Kunming railway station attacks. The notice urged all of its staff on the mainland to "be aware of individual security".

The spokeswoman said security alerts were circulated from time to time but that they were not automatically issued during high-profile events such as the ongoing National People's Congress meetings in Beijing.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday ordered the defence ministry and coastguard to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Additional reporting by Lawrence Chung in Taipei

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sy.levine.5
Malaysia Airline, MH370, Fatal Crash Again Shows The Need To Utilize The Black Box Data In Real-time
Commercial aviation if it utilizes the black box data in real-time will make flying safer and more economical. The black box should not only be used in the autopsy mode but should be used proactively to decrease the cost of flying and the fatal crashes. Planes should also have a remote copilot in addition to the on-board for safety and economy.
A year prior to 9/11 at the International Aviation Safety Association meeting in New York, methods for preventing crashes like golfer Payne Stewart’s decompression crash were proposed. None of these methods were implemented by the aviation industry and we got 9/11 (hijacking is about ten percent of aviation fatalities) and the 2005, 100 fatality, Helios decompression crash. When a plane deviates from its approved flight plan, we now have the ability to securely take remote control of it and land it safely at a designated airfield. We presently have remote pilot vehicles (RPVs) flying over Afghanistan that are controlled/piloted from continental United States (CONUS). Currently we are utilizing secure high bandwidth communication networks (for our RPVs, submarines, AWACS planes, etc.) and there isn't a logical reason for not making that technology available for cargo and carrier aircraft. The cost of 9/11 alone is ten times the

sy.levine.5
Malaysia Airline, MH370, Fatal Crash Again Shows The Need To Utilize The Black Box Data In Real-time

sy.levine.5
Malaysia Airline, MH370, Fatal Crash Again Shows The Need To Utilize The Black Box Data In Real-time
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sinohog
We received a bomb threat when I was working for a hotel company. The phone company was able to trace the call back to its origin in Canada. The man was arrested.
ann.wei.121
errrrrrrrm what does the missing of the aircraft have anything to do with terrorist attack ? come on people.
Stephan
stolen passports, 5 no-show's at the gate, flying to Beijing...do you need more red flags?
gcmaster
I receive one every day. Its no big deal.
daily
What's the use of these terrorist alerts if they do not get circulated to the parties concerned?
 
 
 
 
 

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