A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashes in Ukraine, near Russian border, on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, mostly Dutch. It’s believed that the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatist.
It’s a sad and shocking tragedy. Condolences to the families, and may the victims rest in peace.
I’m afraid there will be no justice though, if the Russians were really behind this. They are going to deny or ignore the matter and walk free with blood on their hands. The countries at stake don’t have the power to touch them, and the rest of the world will offer very little support against them.
The aviation industry needs to reflect on this too. Hundreds of commercial airlines flew over the conflicted region in the prior week before the MH17 crash. Not sure why they deemed the route safe – or perhaps they never thought about the situation at all – but it’s obviously a wrong judgement.
This is the second disaster involving Malaysia Airlines this year. Flight MH370 disappeared in March; it’s still missing and presumably crashed in the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board.