A year that was to be so fantastic for tourism in Malaysia has now been hit with a second major aircraft mystery with the downing of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukraine.
With many tourism promotions planned throughout 2014, this year was to be a highlight for the country but all that planning and promoting will no doubt be cancelled out with this airline incident.
Having last year spent some time visiting a host of places in Malaysia and seeing for myself what a fabulous country it is to visit I know this will be a major blow for their tourism department, they must be wondering what else could go wrong?
Reports coming from travellers using Malaysia flights say that some planes are leaving KL with very few passengers on them or have rebooked onto other airlines. I personally would be very happy to fly with Malaysia at any time, this is a modern airline with a good stock of up to date planes. These two unconnnected incidents are now hurting Malaysia Airlines and they could really use the support of the travelling public at this time.
Now the challenge is going to be getting answers and getting them quickly the flight recorders are being looked at by experts at Farnborough Aircraft Research Establishment in the UK. The plane had only a few hours earlier left Schiphol with 295 Dutch, British, Malay and many other nation’s passengers and the crew on board. The experts should be able to detect the sounds in the cockpit at the crucial time when it is believed the missile struck. This could give the airline the proof it needs to clearly show that it was not at fault in terms of the the aircraft’s servicability. Other vital clues from the different types of recorders should be useful to the investigators as this incident appeares to be clearly a crime!
With the mystery surrounding the loss of MH370 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing the urgency is now to get some quick reasons as to why this latest plane has crashed which has now generally been listed as being downed by an anti-aircraft missile fired by Russian separatists from Ukraine soil.
My heart goes out to all who have perished in this latest disaster to beset Malaysia Airlines.
Their tourism website had been carrying a reminder about the loss of MH370 it is going to be so sad for all concerned that they now have to carry a second listing of now flight MH17, which they have in fact now done!