Malaysia’s actions praised


TOUGH TASK: Learn from incident, say aviation bodies

KUALA LUMPUR:  THE International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and   International Air Transport Association (IATA) have lauded Malaysia for  its  handling of  the Malaysia Airlines  flight MH370 incident.

ICAO air navigation bureau director Nancy Graham hopes that the unprecedented incident involving MH370 will not affect MAS in terms of passenger growth.

She said the airline had been responsive throughout the investigation process.

Graham said the organisation would reserve any corrective action until investigations had been concluded.

She said ICAO followed every aviation incident and would implement changes after information was gathered and analysed.

“We are looking at everything and we will support the activity on an ongoing basis until we figure it out (what happened to MH370),” she said on the sidelines of the two-day IATA Ops Conference here yesterday.

“Accidents, despite all our good intentions and safety initiatives, do happen. We do not speculate until investigations have been completed.”

IATA director-general and chief executive Tony Tyler said the Malaysian authorities were working hard to cooperate and coordinate with many experts around the world, including those from China, Europe and Australia, as well as the Accident Investigation Bureau, National Transportation Safety Board and aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

“The Malaysian authorities have worked hard to coordinate with these groups to determine the cause of the incident and likely location of the aircraft.”

He said this at a media briefing after the launch of the conference on Tuesday.

Tyler said he would not criticise the way the Malaysian authorities were handling the crisis.

He said important lessons would be learned and the most important thing was to help the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew aboard MH370.

“Everybody looking on… can be grateful that it is not them having to deal with this difficult situation.”

Flight MH370 was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur when it went missing on March 8. The plane had 239 people on board.

When asked whether the Malaysian authorities and MAS had handled the situation differently earlier, as compared with the way they were handling it now, Tyler said the incident had, understandably, created a difficult situation for them.

“I am sure that in due course, there will be time for a thorough review of how things were done. We will all learn how to do things better next time.

“(The families’) emotions are running high. I think we have got to understand that. One can only imagine what they must be thinking. They are entering the fourth week of not knowing what had happened to their loved ones.”



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