Earlier this week, the head of Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency said that because contact with Air Asia flight QZ 8501 was lost over the Java Sea, that is where the plane would likely be found. He was right. Officials have now confirmed that the debris and bodies recovered from the Java Sea this morning belong to the flight.
The recent misfortune in the sky put Malaysia, a small country of 30 million, back into the spotlight despite the fact that an affiliate airline, Air Asia Indonesia, not the Kuala Lumpur based carrier was operating flight QZ 8501. In the wake of previous aviation adversities, Malaysia has fumbled and prolonged already arduous rescue missions. Now faced with yet another catastrophe, how is the country reacting?
Malaysia Airlines showed solace:
— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) December 28, 2014
Prime Minister Najib Razak offered support:
Very sad to hear that AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501 is missing. My thoughts are with the families. Malaysia stands ready to help. — Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) December 28, 2014
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim suggested prayer: (Translates to: Pray for the safety of all on the plane and patience for their families.)
— Anwar Ibrahim (@anwaribrahim) December 28, 2014
Tony Fernandes, Malaysian CEO of Air Asia, expressed grief:
I am touched by the massive show of support especially from my fellow airlines. This is my worse nightmare. But there is no stopping. — Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) December 28, 2014
Malaysian Minister of Defense, Hishammuddin Hussein, showed initiative:
— Hishammuddin Hussein (@HishammuddinH2O) December 27, 2014
The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur guided donations:
— U.S. Embassy KL (@usembassykl) December 29, 2014
Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a 24-hour phone line:
Unfortunately, being the most experienced in recent memory to deal with the ostensibly impossible makes Malaysia a momentary expert. But a country that is not necessarily known for its competence in crisis scenarios, displayed hints of value. Hopefully it won’t take more catastrophe to make Malaysia more prepared.
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