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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Tears and shock among staff as tragedy strikes again

Published on Jul 18, 2014 5:32 PM
 

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - It started with another late-night phone call, another rush to the airport, where familiar faces in a familiar setting tried to make sense of nearly 300 more lives lost in the second disaster to strike Malaysia Airlines in the space of just a few months.

For a company and a nation still struggling to come to terms with the unsolved disappearance of Flight MH370 on March 8, Thursday's apparent shooting down of another Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine was a devastating blow.

"For something like this to happen, just four months after MH370, just when we were beginning to get on with life, it is just very difficult to take," one airline executive told Reuters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, sobbing as he spoke.

"You can't imagine how draining it is, how emotional it is. Everyone can't believe this is happening again, we are going through all of the emotions once again."

A man walks past the Malaysia Airlines check-in area at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. Staff of Malaysia Airlines had to deal with tears and shock as they tried to make sense of nearly 300 more lives lost in the second disaster to strike the carrier in the space of just a few months. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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