Malaysian Airlines sure is in trouble; a few months back the flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared with 239 passengers onboard and now another of its flight MH 17 has crashed. We have compiled a list of information that we know and don’t about this mishap.
You can see complete crash photos here
The Malaysian Airlines Plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and was named MH 17.
9. The Plane
The plane in question was Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777—200ER. The plane had taken off from Amsterdam at 12:15 pm local time and was scheduled to land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6:10 am local time.
The flight had a total of 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers, all of who have passed away. 154 Passengers were Dutch citizens according to Huib Gorter who is the senior Vice President of Malaysian Airlines. There were a total of 43 Malaysians (including the crewmembers), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 6 from UK, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 from Philippines and 1 Canadian. 47 Dead passengers are yet to be identified. Most of these passengers were headed to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
According to the Malaysian Airlines, the Ukrainian Air Traffic Control lost contact with the Flight MH17 at 1415 GMT at 30km from Tamak waypoint, almost 50 kilometers away from the Russia-Ukraine border.
As reported by locals; the plan crashed near the town of Grabovo with the debris spreading out for kilometers.
There are different statements with Ukrainian officials pointing towards Russia and Russian officials pointing towards Ukrainian officials for shooting down the plane. Apparently, the plane was shot down with a missile. There are audios and videos surfacing of pro-Russian militants talking about taking down a plane. However, no confirmation has been given yet nor has anyone accepted the responsibility for it.
Since this was a high altitude flight there was some advanced weaponry used of course. According to a statement by US Embassy, Russian made SA-17 Grizzly or BUK-M2 could have been able to take down the plane. However, this is still only a speculation.
3. Reaction of Governments
There is still no clear indication how will the governments react to this act of mass murder. However, most of the countries have stepped forward with their deepest condolences. European Union has demanded immediate and thorough investigation. Malaysian Prime Minister said; ‘We must, and we will, find out precisely what happened to this flight. No stone will be left unturned. If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.’ Ukraine’s President office said; ‘President Petro Poroshenko expresses the deepest and the most sincere condolences to families and friends of those who died in this terrible tragedy.’ Russia says that Vladimir Putin, President Russia, has requested Malaysia Prime Minister to ‘to convey his deepest sympathy and support” to the families of those aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet.’ Obama said; ‘Crash looks like it may be a terrible tragedy’ and offered his prayers to the families of the victims, ‘wherever they call home.’
2. International Aviation
International Aviation has closed down the airspace at the eastern Ukraine with questions popping up that why wasn’t it done before? Although this airspace was prone to threats the possible reason why this route was chosen was to save fuel perhaps.
Here’s a strange coincidence 9M-MRD made its first flight on 17th July 1997. 9M-MRD crashed on 17 July 2014 when flying as MH17 exactly 17 years after first flight. Check out the youtube videos below for more: