I’ve been reading with great sadness the saga of the missing AirAsia jetliner that went missing over this past weekend. AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 lost contact with mission control on Sunday. It surprises me that today’s technology isn’t any better than it is. The flight data recording system (also known simply as the black box) is supposed to continuously export electronic signals to help rescue teams locate the aircraft in the event of an emergency. But rescuers have been unable to pinpoint the exact location of the plane.
Similar circumstances occurred with Malaysia Airlines flight #370 that vanished back in March, 2014. To date, ten months later, there still is no recovery of that plane. I’m not one of those conspiracy theorists, but when a huge plane disappears and there is no signal emitting from its transponders, it does make you wonder. Granted, the geographic region where both planes downed is huge, and it would be unlikely to locate anything missing when conducting a physical search. But there ought to be some residual radar signs or signals, don’t you think?
I don’t know what could have happened and I most certainly have no clue how to prevent such things from occurring in the future. What I know is, this must be one terrible thing for loved ones to endure. It’s bad enough when you know what has happened and you are able to have final services. I know it must be worse for this sort of thing to happen. Perhaps there needs to be some improvements made in the airline industry. Although, recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report involved improving aircraft and transportation security, which involves networking with other governments through extensive international collaboration. I don’t think that has occurred.
We must do better. With the millions of dollars the airline industry rakes in, not just in consumerism but also through guaranteed subsidized payments these airlines receive annually, they need to do better. Much better.