Aviation, Commercial Aviation

#TogetherWeStand

As I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, I came across a press release from AirAsia indicating they have found the missing plane, but unfortunately it was simply debris scattered across the ocean.

This takes me back to my Aircraft Accident Investigation course and my Safety Program Management course at ERAU where we learned how to react to the press after an aircraft accident. Now, we were learning this from an investigator/someone that worked for the airline’s perspective…so to see this from a reporter/bystander’s perspective is definitely different, but I can see all the things we learned being applied, which is really cool.

I think they have done a great job keeping everyone posted about what’s going on–just like we learned in my classes. I haven’t really been following along that much but just through Facebook I’ve gotten a ton of updates. There’s even a hashtag, #TogetherWeStand.

I was impressed with this post from AirAsia because at the bottom they remind those in the news media not to call the emergency response phone number, as it is reserved for family members of victims only. (Something we also learned in class!)

Although I’m obviously not covering this story as a reporter, and all my information is second-hand; I’ve been impressed with the way AirAsia has covered this story thus far. Enough information to keep the families involved and the news media at bay, but not too much information to invade the privacy of the victims or open themselves up to legal action against themselves.

Now the next question all my friends and family are going to ask me is: what do you think happened to that plane??!

And my response, as always, will be:  “I do not know, and no one else will know, until evidence can be recovered and an investigation can be completed.”

This typically takes 9-12 months once all the debris is recovered.

The black boxes (which are actually orange) will reveal some clues, but hard-core evidence is also important. CNN weighs in on why planes don’t stream their black box data to a cloud-based system…. it would simply make finding MH 370 and  AirAsia a lot easier… but money is always a problem! Hopefully NextGEN will help alleviate some of these problems & advanced technologies will help prevent the “missing plane syndrome” of 2014 from happening again in the future.

The Washington Post reveals how some of these technologies–both NextGEN and today’s technologies–(ADS-B, ACARS, and the trusty Transponder) will help keep planes found (as in an alternate from being “lost”).

I’m simply a bystander for all this, but I give my condolences to the victims’ families, friends, and colleagues. No one should ever have to go through the tragedy of a plane crash–and I hope my colleagues in the safety industry can figure out what happened to this aircraft in order to prevent the same thing from happening again. #TogetherWeStand

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