In the wake of the terrible tragedy that happened to flight MH17 yesterday, I'm still in shock. The circumstances and the human cost is above and beyond everything many of us, air travel lovers, would imagine possible.
“This is not a disaster,” says a local commander called Aleksey, “it is Hell.”
Then he saw things that looked like pieces of cloth coming fast toward the earth.
The NYTimes' report from last night is not an easy read either.
I personally know people who lost colleagues on that flight (many passengers were based in Geneva, my hometown, working in multinationals, NGOs and the UN system). That makes it even closer to home for me.
Although there had been many warnings before, airlines are now avoiding the Ukrainian airspace. It's unknown how long this will be the case for.
In the murky situation that is Eastern Urkaine now, it seems pretty certain that the airliner was shot down. Shot down. God.
US intelligence service reportedly detected a missile launch and are actively tracking its source. Reports are questioning who shot the airliner down, although the NYTimes has given us an intercepted audio that points responsibilities. But was it an error?
It seems unlikely that it was a complete "mistake". A surface-to-air system able to precisely hit a target at 30,000 feet needs multiple people to operate. Skilled and trained people. With a civilian aircraft that has distinctive heat traces and transponders—though an IFF system might have been shut down or simply absent here.
They should not fly, we are at war here.
There are bound to be conflicting reports, war of words, finger pointing and behind-the-scenes manipulation. After all, the region is already a war scene. It's even impossible to know if the public will ever get a straight answer.
Poor Malaysia Airlines didn't need that after MH370.
As I was going to grab milk earlier this morning, I saw some of the headlines of the British press: disbelief, anger, sadness.
The Daily Mail seemingly taking what US Senator McCain said on MSNBC yesterday.
I love flying. I really love the Boeing 777 too, one of the safest planes around.
I don't want to live in a world where civilian aircrafts become random targets
I don't want anger in the skies.