Another Major Plane Tragedy in 2014
2014 has been a bad year for aviation as many high profile air tragedies happened in 2014. Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared without trace in the early part of the year, then another Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was allegedly shot down over Ukraine and many other smaller air tragedies were reported all over the world in 2014. At the end of the year also there was another huge air tragedy when an AirAsia flight travelling between Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore fell out of the sky into the Java Sea allegedly due to bad weather.
AirAsia Flight 8501 Air Disaster
On 28th December 2014, AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed in the Java Sea in bad weather. The flight as mentioned above was en route from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore. It was a short flight, but within an hour of the takeoff, the ground control lost contact with the flight as it had crashed into the Java Sea.
This was an Airbus 320-216 aircraft and was carrying 155 passengers on board with 7 crew members. All of the people on board of the flight died in this aircraft crash. AirAsia is an important player in the South East Asian aviation industry and has its headquarters in Malaysia. Before this tragedy also it has had a good safety record since its inception in 1996. This is a low cost airline which is said to have helped millions of ordinary people especially in South East Asia gain access to air travel. Almost all people on board were Indonesian with 3 Koreans, one French person, one British and one Singaporean.
Unlike the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370, this plane was located in a few days as the authorities looking for the plane spotted debris in the Java Sea. A few days after that more parts of the airplane were found along with several bodies of people onboard the airplane. The flight data recorder was also found along with the plane’s black box. The investigation as to what exactly went wrong with the plane is an ongoing process.
This air disaster was different from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 as this was most probably an air disaster due to bad weather and the aircraft was found unlike that of Flight MH 370. However many families did lose their dear ones during this disaster as well.
Air Travel is said to be the safest mode of transport however it is really scary when such disasters take place.