Friday, August 8, 2014

Another Malaysian Airlines Flight Bites the Dust

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Barely four months after flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared, Malaysia Airlines is facing another controversial tragedy. Early Thursday morning, July 17th, 2014, the company’s MH17 flight was shot down by a missile, causing it to crash near the Russian and Ukraine border. According to some officials, a complex surface-to-air missile was used to bring down the jet, the only thing is that it is unclear who fired it.

Over 300 Lives Lost
This incident is not a case of a simple aviation accident. The plane, exploded as soon as it was shot, causing it to crash in a village called Hrabove. This area is controlled by the pro-Russia separatists that are going against the Ukranian government. The crash has caused the death of 283 passengers along with the carrier’s 15 crew members. Victoria Premier Denis Napthine has told reporters that a “substantial number” world-renowned AIDS Researchers as well as activists were on board the plane. These are headed to the 20th International AIDS Conference to be held in the following week. And so, here is a list of the nationalities of those who were killed because of the crash.

-          154 Dutch
-          27 Australians
-          23 Malaysians
-          11 Indonesians
-          6 Birtish
-          4 Belgians
-          4 French
-          4 Germans
-          3 Filipinos
-          1 Canadian, and
-          15 Malaysian crew members

Who’s to Blame?
Unfortunately, the authorities are still trying to figure out who caused the plane to crash. The Ukrainian government is blaming the separatists as they have released wiretapped conversations between its leaders. Russia and the separatists on the other hand are blaming Ukraine. Some experts on the other hand are blaming the pilot and the crew of the ill-fated flight as they have decided to fly the plane over a conflict area where strikes are highly probable.

Sadly, a Los Angeles aviation accident attorney says that such finger-pointing makes the tragedy even more painful for the victims. According to this lawyer, airline companies have the responsibility in ensuring the safety of their passengers during the flight. Because of the lapse in the pilot’s decisions, the plane was put in a compromised situation, leading to the incident. For now, the families of the passengers could only wait and hope that the investigations of this aviation accident would have those responsible for the attack liable for their actions.

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