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Malaysia Airlines crew reel after disasters

Published on Jul 28, 2014 12:46 PM
Malaysia Airlines flight attendants cry during a multi-faith event to pray for the passengers and crew of MH17 at the airline's academy in Kuala Lumpur, on July 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Jonathan Takom has been a Malaysia Airlines steward for 16 worry-free years, but after the carrier's loss of two planes and nearly 30 crew, when he touches down these days his anxious family calls to check he is safe.

Pain and doubt have replaced the sense of security that he and his colleagues had previously taken for granted at the airline which once had a solid safety record.

"Especially when we arrive they will check whether we arrived safely. They want to know when is the flight and especially the flight number," said Takom, 37.

"The pressure from my family to stop (working on planes) is there. They ask me to think about it."

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