David Wroe, Rick Feneley
March 10, 2014
A top terrorism expert says the use of stolen passports on flight MH370 “eerily” resembles a 1994 attack on a Philippines flight by an al-Qaeda-linked hijacker and represents a “massive security failure.”
As the missing Malaysia Airlines flight focused international attention on passport fraud, Carl Ungerer, an independent security consultant and former adviser to former foreign affairs minister Bob Carr, said there was a thriving market for stolen and doctored documentation in south-east Asia.
Ramzi Yousef, who was later convicted in connection with the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing, planted a bomb on a Philippine Airlines flight in 1994, killing one passenger but failing to bring down the plane.