Early last Saturday morning Malaysia Airlines 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing, as I’m sure everyone knows by now. I wrote a post shortly thereafter entitled “Reflecting On Airline Safety And What Really Matters In Life.”
The past week, 99% of my attention has gone towards reading about and pondering the incident, and in this community I’m sure I’m not alone. In a way it has been the “elephant in the room” for the blog. Usually I spend my time pondering stuff related to redeeming miles, which I share here, though that has been tougher the past week. But at the end of the day there’s no value I can add to the conversation regarding MH370. For that matter there doesn’t seem to be much value anyone can add. And then you have those just using this to make a political point.
Really you couldn’t write a more mysterious aircraft disappearance story if you tried. That absolutely breaks my heart, since I can only imagine what it’s like for the friends and families of the passengers. It’s one thing to have a family member involved in an incident like this, but it’s another to be stuck in limbo for over a week, with the story of what happened changing by the hour. To the family and friends of those onboard, my thoughts are with you beyond anything I can express.
If this WhatsApp message from a girl to her mom (who was a flight attendant on MH370) doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, I don’t know what will…
Or the Tweets from this girl about her father, who was the purser aboard.
While I don’t want to draw any conclusions, in a way it’s reassuring that it seems as if the incident wasn’t caused by a mechanical fault. If the computers are working properly as consistently as they do, it’s one other “constant” we can rely on for safe air travel.
We of course still don’t know what happened, though I do believe that with every incident we learn something and become safer. So rather than speculate, at this point I can just cross my fingers and hope for the best.