Friday, March 07, 2014

Lost in the sky

Two words you never want to hear together: airplane, and missing.

Tonight, those words are all over the Internet after Malaysia Airlines lost contact with flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER (wiki) with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board. The plane had been on a scheduled flight between Kuala Lampur and Beijing when it vanished off of air traffic control radar.

China's Xinhua news agency reports, via AP, that the plane disappeared from radar in Vietnamese airspace. Search and rescue resources have been activated and are focusing on the plane's last known location over the South China Sea. Xinhua reports signals from the plane have been detected. Unconfirmed Internet-borne rumors that the plane has landed safely in China are just that, rumors, and have been denied by airline and SAR officials.

I know that flying is statistically safer than any other form of transport. I know the 777 is considered one of the most advanced and safe commercial aircraft in the sky. But statistics don't mean much on a night like this.

I find myself praying this is just a technical glitch, and dreading how this will likely turn out.


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1 comment:

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I saw your link to this last night and it grieves me that the families are still waiting to know for sure.