Friday, July 18, 2014



Temecula, CA – For the second time in less than five months, tragedy was struck Malaysian Airlines. This time as just recently revealed, it was a casualty of the war now going on in the Eastern Ukraine. 

Flying at 33K feet on a route from Amsterdam to Malaysia in route to Australia for a world conference on AIDS, the giant 777 was filled with the cream of the scientific research on the subject. Although aware of the ground war happening in that part of the world, the Malaysian Air authorizes had been assured of a widened corridor of safe passage for commercial planes.

In recorded cell phone conversations between separatists groups, it can be heard that the plane was shot down mistakenly by a general who thought it might be military, defending the decision later by saying that ‘it must have been carrying spies’. Anyone listening can hear this grab at straws.

Though every live is precious, the fact that so many scientific contributors were lost shows that no one class or nationality is immune in this war over energy resource avenues. Perhaps now the two sides can come to a solution and settle their differences.

Gerry Soejatman, a consultant with the Jakarta-based Whitesky Aviation chartered flight provider, said every airline had its own level of risk assessment.

Flying above 30,000 feet is generally considered secure given the level of training and sophisticated weaponry required to shoot down a plane at that height, Soejatman said.

"Ten years ago you'd be an idiot to fly over Iraq below 15,000 feet, but over 30,000 feet was very safe, so it's about the level of risk.

"I think this will send a message to airlines to have a closer look at conflict zones when they choose to fly over them and gain a better understanding of what equipment is on the ground," he said.

Malaysian Airlines was not the only carrier that had persisted with the corridor over Ukraine.
Air India and Thai Airways said they had only decided to re-route their flights after the Malaysian crash.

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