Friday, July 18, 2014

Another Crash

With the memory of Flight MH370 still fresh in the minds of everyone, Malaysia Airlines suffered another tragedy when another of their passenger jet crashed. Carrying 295 people, Flight MH17 was on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in territory held by separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Given the area, it’s no surprise that the Ukrainian government wasted no time in accusing the rebels of shooting down the plane. Of course this is something the rebels denied, claiming they do not have the weapons needed to shoot down a plane at 10,000m. Rather surprisingly, this is something Western officials agree with, many saying they have not seen the rebels displaying such weaponry thus far in the conflict.

With all the accusation and counter- accusation, one thing is clear; Malaysia Airlines better pray Flight MH17 was shot down.

Like I said earlier, everyone still remember Flight MH370. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Malaysia to China in April and still has not been found. The question of how, why and even where it crashed are all unanswered. However this is the exact same kind of plane from the exact same airline. It would be foolish not to draw some conclusion from that.

Luckily, for Malaysia Airlines, initial report seen to indicate that the plane was shot down by someone. Not to sound crass but that’s good news for them because if it is found that the plane did crash on its own, then it changes the narrative of Flight MH370. Any suspicion or theory about pilot error or hijacking in that crash will take a backseat if it is found that Flight MH17 did indeed crash on its own. 

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