Flight MH 370 vanished from the face of the earth two months ago, and in a desperate attempt to provide any news about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370, several media outlets, including Fox Nation, are reporting that “members of a violent cell of al Qaeda-linked terrorists are being questioned in connection with the disappearance of Flight MH370, according to several British press reports.” According to a May 6 CNN report, however, police spokeswoman Asmawati Ahmad said on Sunday that “there is no indication that the group, arrested last week, has any connection to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.”
The main British press report which discusses the arrest of 11 al-Qaeda linked terror suspects was published by the Daily Mail on May 4. In the article, the authors state that on Saturday, an officer with the Counter Terrorism Division of Malaysian Special Branch commented that the arrests “had heightened suspicion that the flight’s disappearance may have been an act of terrorism.”
“The possibility that the plane was diverted by militants is still high on the list and international investigators have asked for a comprehensive report on this new terror group,” said the counter terrorism officer. According to the officer’s statement, the international investigators involved were the FBI and MI6 (British Secret Intelligence Service) who had asked for information about any militants – including students, odd-job workers, a young widow and business professionals – between the ages of 22 to 55. The suspected militants were to be “questioned intensively about Flight MH370.”
While some of the suspects have admitted to planning “sustained terror campaigns” in Malaysia, all of them denied any involvement in the disappearance of Flight 370. As reported by CNN, the suspects were arrested in the city of Selangor, just outside the capital Kuala Lumpur and in the state of Kedah, which borders on Thailand. The violence in neighboring Thailand stems from ethnic Malay Muslim separatists and has been connected to al-Qaeda and to terrorists in other countries.
In the five-page Flight MH 370 report -- released by the Office of the Chief Inspector of Air Accidents Ministry of Transport Malaysia -- there is no mention of terrorism or militants. Interestingly, there is also no mention of Malaysia’s own military involvement after the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane.
The five-page report can be viewed on Mashable.com and shows on page one what kind of aircraft MH 370 was, that it had 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board, and that its last known date and time was on March 8, 2014, at 1:21 a.m. The timeline presented on page two and three of the report mentions that a search and rescue effort for the plane was not initiated until four hours after its disappearance. Page four describes satellite information and international search efforts for the plane, and page five recommends real-life tracking of commercial aircrafts.
“It is recommended that the International Civil Aviation Organisation examine the safety benefits of introducing a standard for real time tracking of commercial air transport aircraft.”
In March, only days after the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane, a Malaysian official confirmed that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked. “Malaysian authorities have concluded that a passenger jet missing since last week was hijacked and deliberately steered off course, a government official involved in the investigation told The Associated Press.”
It has been two months since Flight MH 370 vanished from the face of the earth. For the family members of the 239 souls on board of the airplane, it has been two month of an emotional turmoil to which there seems to be no end. Malaysia has not dismissed a potential hijacking of the airplane and is now focusing on arresting terrorists?