There are more road fatalities than flight related deaths, yet when it hit the news, a world grieved with their family members. Maybe it was the fact that there is little we could do when a plane comes roaring down, even less so when nobody knows where it is. And with this knowledge of our helplessness, we questioned our faith in even the safest of all transportation mode, even more so at the company operating it.
It affected every one of us. Even reporters broke down. The social media was filled with retweets and reshares. We all had been following the news and discussing the possibilities. We grieve for MH370, for the family they left behind and for the destinies they never fulfilled.
|A dedication to a lost friend (image adapted from DailyMail).|
Deep in our hearts we couldn't ignore the tiny voice asking, "Am I safe in the next flight?" "Will this be the last time I see that face?" Already creeping into some minds is the question over the safety of budget airlines mushrooming as budget travellers roamed the Earth unchecked. "How much cost have they cut to maintain that low airfare?"
Farewell, my friend. It has been an honour to make your acquaintance and sorry for not getting to know you better when circumstances allowed. May you find peace at wherever you are, and may this post serve as a dedication to your memory.
|Announcements taken direct from MAS website dedicated to the MH370 incident.|
|The latest search area near Australia in the Southern Indian Ocean (image taken from The Telegraph).|
|60 hours from the moment of last contact and counting... (image taken from International Business Times) (Mar 11, 2014).|
|Manila joins in the prayer with a 3D painting (image taken from International Business Times) (Mar 17, 2014).|
The tragic story of MH370 is captured in the following websites:
- MH370 passenger manifests: Malaysia Airlines passenger manifest list
- Malaysian Airlines dedicated website for MH370: MH370 Website
- International Business Times: Missing Malaysia Plane MH370's Crash Confirmed; All 239 Passengers, Crew Members Onboard Declared Dead (Mar 24, 2014)
- The Telegraph: Malaysia Airlines MH370: live (updated live)
- The Telegraph: Malaysian Airlines MH370: how much do we really know? (Mar 16, 2014)