Transportation Security Expert Rafi Ron: Little Hope for Flight 370

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 08:27 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Despite the fact there is still no sign of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 — there is little chance it safely landed in a remote location, according to transportation security expert Rafi Ron.

"The probability … is extremely limited," Ron, the former director of security at Tel-Aviv Ben-Gurion International Airport and the Israeli Airport Authority, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Keep in mind that this a very large aircraft that requires a relatively long landing strip.

"Airports do not exist without a higher knowledge in the middle of the jungle. This is just science fiction.... We're at the point where this cannot be considered a serious option."

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Ron, who is now president of New Age Security Solutions, said there are still too few clues to guess what did happen to the flight, which was headed to Beijing when it vanished over water on Saturday.

"There is still a mystery … a very wide gap that prevents us from reaching any reasonable conclusion," he said.

"The amount of information is growing but the question marks remain very much the same."

A terrorist attack cannot yet be ruled out, he added.

"What has become an established fact is that the transponder on this aircraft was not functioning and that can be done either by a mechanical failure, technical failure, or by intentional turning off the transponder," he said.

"There's a possibility that somebody has managed to take over the flight deck on this aircraft and turned off the transponder and started flying the aircraft in a new direction. It's still something we need to consider. We cannot ignore that."



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