Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17
This year there was a horrific incident that took place in July when a Malaysian Airlines Flight crashed in the Eastern region of Ukraine. On July 14, 2014 a flight of Malaysian Airlines, Flight MH 17 was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The plane lost contact with the ground aviation authorities while travelling over Eastern Ukraine and then the news came that it had crashed near Hrabove in the Donetsk Oblast in the Eastern part of Ukraine. All 298 people on board died in this crash. A large number of people onboard were citizens of Netherlands. The most troubling information that came through the news was that this airplane was allegedly shot out of the sky using a BUK surface-to-air missile. This plane was shot out of the sky from the eastern region of Ukraine where there is a conflict ongoing between the antigovernment rebels and the Ukrainian defense forces.
The International Reaction & Aftermath of the Crash
• Civilian aviation is considered extremely safe as millions of people travel from one country to the other all over the globe every year. But civilian aircrafts being shot out of the sky by powerful surface to air missiles brings into question the safety of air travel.
• Malaysia Airlines is having a bad year to say the least with the disappearance of MH 370 and then this tragic crash of MH 17.
• There was international condemnation of this tragedy and the blame game between the antigovernment rebels and the Ukrainian authorities started almost immediately after the crash. Also recovery of bodies of the people onboard the aircraft took time because the crash took place in a conflict zone and the debris field of the crash was quite widespread. The investigation as to what happened is currently underway and this investigation is likely to take some time.
• The area in which the crash took place is largely controlled by the pro-Russian separatists of Eastern Ukraine. However exactly who did this horrific crime is not yet known as all the facts have yet to be established.
Though a large number of people onboard were Dutch, there were citizens of 10 countries that died in this crash. Today there are many active conflict zones all over the world. Immediately after the crash most airlines changed their routes so that they do not fly over Ukraine. But today a large number of aircrafts are flying over conflict zones everyday as doing this is the most economical option for aircrafts. There is a huge question mark on aviation safety after this disastrous incident.