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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-31-2014, 10:18 AM
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The problem is a couple of issues compounding. For the record, prior to my current profession, I worked in the aviation industry (military, private, commercial) for close to ten years.

While the FAA has historically been very keen on safety, other countries ARE NOT. Furthermore, the international aviation safety bodies lack authority to impose serious reforms upon individual countries. They can make recomendations, but can't really force much.

The big issue here is that the aircraft was in international airspace, which is understandable more difficult to enforce and monitor. We each dependon the nearest country to keep everyone else informed of what happened in their neighboring airspace, and most other countries do not have the technology or manpower we do to watch our nearby airspace.

Statistically, 95% of aviation incidents come back to pilot error. If this were a terrorist incident, I'd imagine someone would have taken credit for it by now. If it were a highjacking, it's phenominally difficult to hide an aircraft that size without someone noticing. I think it went into the ocean, either mechanical issue/pilot error/or a combination of the two.

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