Malaysia Airlines flight 370

How they see it

The mystery of Flight MH370

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 March, 2014, 3:33am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 March, 2014, 3:33am

1. Global Times

This accident has unprecedented attention in China. There were 154 Chinese people aboard this flight. As the civil aviation industry has been developing fast, more people choose to travel by air. Moreover, Malaysia is one of the hottest destinations for Chinese travelers. .... The Chinese people demand safety ... therefore we pay special attention to the security situation of countries where Chinese people are keen to travel. ... The accident must be investigated thoroughly and the crux of problems on the Malaysian side must be found out. ... Time is always needed to investigate an accident. Hopefully Southeast Asian airlines will keep a high alert and take people's inquiries into consideration. So must airlines in China. Beijing


2. The Washington Post

This was an avoidable mystery. There are eminently feasible ways to keep track of commercial aircraft, and it's inexcusable that they are not being used. In fact, they aren't operating even in the US [which] still relies largely on decades-old radar networks. The Malaysia Airlines case shows one problem: It's hard to track aircraft in remote areas, land or sea. International aviation authorities should insist on the deployment of aircraft technology that transmits information in an emergency. That could require new beacons to cover remote areas of land and sea and satellite broadcasting technology on planes. This is reasonable: There's no excuse for lost iPhones to be more findable than downed planes. Washington


3. The Sydney Morning Herald

Clouded by the post September 11, 2001 fears of terrorism, airline travellers have been left wondering whether they can rely on aviation security systems and crisis responses when things go wrong. ... Malaysia's reaction reflects very poorly on the managerial competency of its government, aviation regulators and its national airline. ... [Malaysia] has not communicated clearly about what is being done, who is accountable and what should be believed. True, evidence has been hard to find. But the investigation and communications problems have been worsened by systemic issues in a nation where transparency and accountability of public officials is not always demanded or delivered. Sydney