Missing AirAsia plane: Third major Malaysian air incident of 2014

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Today’s incident involving the AirAsia plane which has gone missing is the latest in a number of major air incidents this year, and the third involving Malaysia.
 
The Malaysia-based AirAsia, which has dominated cheap travel in the region for years, has never lost a plane before.
 
On March 8, Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a wide-bodied Boeing 777, went missing soon after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.
 
It remains missing until this day with 239 people in one of the biggest aviation mysteries.
 
Another Malaysia Airlines flight, also a Boeing 777, was shot down over rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine while on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17. A total of 298 people on board were killed.
 
The crew’s request for a change of route was strange as there “didn’t seem to be anything unusual” according to a US air crash search and rescue expert.
 
The search has now been called off until the morning.
Courtesy of Press and Journal

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