The statistical chance of losing an airliner under unexplainable circumstance, as did Malaysian Airlines recently, is astronomical. This is unprecedented. The chance of losing a second aircraft under equally unusual circumstance is surely incalculable.
One must have sympathy for the families of those losing loved ones, but one must also feel sorry for the management of the airline and responsible government agencies. No one wants to deal with such a tragedy in the glare of international media.
Finger pointing will go on for a long time, because this was a civilian plane brought done over contested territory. As expected, all three sides—Russia, Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists—are claiming innocence. Combating sides are quick to claim success upon bringing down one another’s aircraft, but no one wants to accept blame for civilian deaths. What is certain is that unsophisticated people have gotten their hands on sophisticated weaponry. (Pro-Russian separatists reported shooting down a Ukrainian transport plane, so they are also unable to identify aircraft). There are reports that Russia has been providing separatists with weapons to redress their susceptibility of Ukrainian air superiority.That is a better explanation than if a Russian military plane shot down a foreign civilian aircraft.
Now, added to fighting over real estate in eastern Ukraine, there will be a battle as to who investigates the accident and writes the official report. A lot will be said in the media. Also, there will be a scramble to find the black boxes. Regardless, the truth will be elusive…
As I expected, who finds the Black Box of MH370 is more important that simply finding the thing. This is obvious from the posturing and tone of reports from various countries involved in the search.
Mere sighting of debris by Australian, French, US, or British personnel is greeted with wonder and hope. Last week, the Australian prime minister was confident. Now that the Chinese have discovered a tone on the frequency of a black box, all reporters are treating the report with skepticism. No one trusts the Chinese or wants them to be successful. The Australian government is now urging caution and even complaining that the Chinese have told the world. British reporters seem upset that they were not permitted to be the first to discover something significant, simply because they have deigned to help the search. They give the impression that this is their right.
If the black box is indeed found, the battle to determine who gets to evaluate the contents should be entertaining....
If there is a list of truly bad jobs, I want to suggest an addition. I have a great deal of sympathy for Malaysia Airline employees in Beijing, who must face distraught and increasingly angry relatives of ML 370 passengers. How many times can you express sympathy and offer no news? Excuses never replace reasons.
The biggest story in all media is the missing Malaysia Airline plane. Conspiracy buffs are having a heyday. Anyone that watches Scandal knows that the real story will not be told.
Media coverage of the search is provides pictures that are not reassuring. I cannot imagine that men and women peering out windows of military aircraft flying over vast stretches of open sea are all that effective. I heard that the search area is the size of a mass six times that of the United States.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.