Loss of MH17

Just minutes after departing the Farnborough Airshow grounds, we received the terrible news about the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

While this past week brought out the competitive nature in all of us, events like MH17 bring the entire industry together in mourning and solidarity.

Our thoughts go out to all those on board, their families and loved ones.

Comments (2)

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Airliners are incredible machines that stretch the engineering mind, that carry dreamers - doers - across the world, across cultures and through communication barriers - all the while defying our never-ending childhood logic that so immense bulk can lift-off the ground and fly around the world, effortlessly connecting us to a shared destiny of progress, togetherness.

In the liveries of the "national" airlines, airliners are the ultimate everyday symbol of peace, and ultimate expression of yearning to interact with the world in the most noble fashion, whether the aircraft carries the symbols of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Korean Air or Iran Air and any other carrier of the hopes of a nation or private enterprise. They must never be targets of war, or used as weapons of war.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

I also send my thoughts and considerations to those 298 people on board who have died. It is a shame that that a civil airliner could still be shot down on this Earth in 2014 but I again send my thoughts to all of those who died and to all of the families and loved ones who were affected.

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