Warning of possible terrorist attack received by Taiwan before jet vanished
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-10 07:27 PM
Taipei (Taiwan News) -- National Security Bureau chief Tsai De-sheng confirmed the report of a warning call of planned attacks on Beijing airport received by Taiwan days before Malaysia Airline's jet disappeared Saturday en route to the Chinese capital with 239 people aboard. Tsai said at a legislative committee Monday that the agency had passed alert to Chinese authorities after receiving it on March 4 but considered that the two events are likely to be uncorrelated.

China's civil aviation authorities reportedly had taken Taiwan’s warning about possible terrorist attacks seriously, according to a senior executive of China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest air carrier. CAL’s Taipei headquarter received a call from a man speaking of French and Chinese on March 4, and the company passed on the warning to China’s Aviation Administration the next day, which immediately dispatched two personnel to CAL’s Beijing office to listen to the recorded phone message.

After receiving the attack warning, CAL has reinforced its own security checks on its flights between Taiwan and Beijing. Taiwan’s official said a double ID certification system has been launched, and passengers must undergo ID examination by CAL ground personnel twice accordingly.

As a result, airport security in Taiwan has been tightened, and extra measures have been taken to ensure the safety of flights bound for Beijing, the bureau said.

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