Malaysia Airlines, which has been plagued by tragedy over the past 15 months, had another scare Friday when one of its passenger jets made an emergency landing in Australia after the crew was alerted to a possible engine fire.
In the third air incident connected to Malaysia this year, an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from Indonesia’s second-largest city for Singapore.
The two countries immediately launched a search and rescue operation for Flight 8501, but there was no sign of the plane more than seven hours after it lost contact with ground control.
A Dutch father who lost his only child in the missile attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 posted an emotional open letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin, holding him responsible for the Russian-backed separatists who, officials say, brought down the commercial passenger jet on July 17.
Quinn Lucas Schansman, the lone American passenger among the dead on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, was traveling to meet up with family members for a summer vacation in Bali, Indonesia, when his flight – believed to have been brought down by a surface-to-air missile – crashed in Ukraine.