As I was enjoying my breakfast at 7:45am this morning, I saw a rather disturbing update on Malaysia Airlines Facebook page.
At that point of time, I really thought it was part of a drill or an update mistakenly updated by MAS Social Media team. It does not take long before news agencies begin reporting about a missing Boeing 777-200. Breaking news tweets on the missing 9M-MRO, Boeing 777-200 start to flood twitter’s timeline and any hope of it being a mistake became highly unlikely.
According to the reliable FlightRada24, the beautiful Boeing 777-200 was last located on the radar at 35,000 feet above South China Sea.
I personally have flown on MAS’ Boeing 777-200 to destinations as far as New York, Stockholm and Jeddah and have always find the aircraft a very comfortable bird even during flying through bumpy weather. Despite the slightly aging interior, the 11-years old aircraft is relatively still young and have many more years of service before it mysteriously disappear from radar this morning.
Let us continue to be positive as the search effort continues. My thoughts and prayers are with the family members of flight #MH370. Semoga dipermudahkan segalanya.
On a different note, I personally urge everyone to stop doing the following 2 things:
a) Spreading unconfirmed or hoax news like the plane has landed in Nanning.
b) Making insensitive tweets with stupid remarks or jokes. An aviation safety is never a joke and please keep your awful sense of humour to yourself.
I plan to follow up on a story to reveal the “keyboard warriors” behind those irresponsible tweets. Till then let us continue to pray for the passengers and crew of MH370.
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