The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 in March 2014 is still shrouded in mystery, much to the embarrassment of the present-day aviation industry, which is supposed to be highly advanced in terms of technology and safety. Close on the heels took place the tragic shooting down of another Malaysia Airlines flight over Libya and the crash of an Air Asia flight into the high seas. These incidents have brought aviation safety once again into the limelight, triggering serious reviews and remedial measures.
Shocking the whole world, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370), a scheduled international passenger flight ‘vanished into thin air’ on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing International Airport. The aircraft, a Boeing 777- 200ER, was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 15 nations. Neither the aircraft nor its debris has yet been found despite launching the largest and the most expensive search in aviation history.
More shockingly, another Malaysia Airlines flight, MH17, was shot down in a war-torn air zone just four months after the baffling disappearance of MH370, and an Air Asia flight from Indonesia to Singapore crashed into the sea in January 2015 – in both cases, killing all the passengers and crew on board.
(Read full article in the February Issue of the Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)