Tony Tyler For The Straits Times
IATA chief on lessons from MH370: We cannot let another aircraft simply disappear
Published on Apr 9, 2014 7:24 PM
The tragedy of MH370 has saddened us all. Through the media, the world continues to follow the extraordinary international response. As human beings, we in the airline industry have kept all those on board, their families and friends in our thoughts through these difficult weeks.
The continuing search is being conducted on an unprecedented scale and the efforts of those involved are no less than heroic. We admire the courageous determination of our colleagues and hope for their safety and success.
Something terrible has happened on what should have been a routine flight. Much though we would like, we cannot wish the event away. From the moment tragedy struck, Malaysia Airlines has been working with the families to help them deal with the trauma of their loss. It is a challenging task, especially in a case with so much uncertainty.
The airline industry, its stakeholders and regulators are at the beginning of the journey to unravel this mystery, understand the cause and find ways to ensure that it is not repeated. That is the best way for all of us involved in aviation to honour the memory of those on board.
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