News broke late Saturday night about another Malaysia-owned jetliner disappearing over water, and I couldn’t help but recall what I had shared in a status update on my Facebook page Friday afternoon.
First, the news: The New York Times reported late Saturday an Airbus A320-200 jetliner owned by AirAsia was carrying six crew and 155 passengers, including 16 children and one infant, when ground control lost contact with the aircraft shortly after takeoff from Indonesia’s Surabaya Airport en route to Singapore. NBC News reported the aircraft involved was designated Flight QZ8501.
Logically, my first thoughts after hearing the news revolved around whether there might be a connection between this aircraft incident and the one that took place March 8 when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-370 disappeared while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. My second thought, however, centered upon what I had written in my aforementioned Facebook status update Friday after reading an Examiner.com article about President Barack Obama’s latest golf partner, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Along with a link to the Examiner.com article, I shared the words below:
To date, I have not attempted to make a connection between President Obama and the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370 more than nine months ago. And then I read this article.
Of course, evidence to suggest any connection between today’s aircraft incident and the men involved in the golf outing has yet to surface and, indeed, may never surface. Does such evidence exist? That’s a question for the ages.
Stay tuned for updates!
UPDATE 12/28/2014 at 8:19 a.m. Central: Some news outlets, such as BBC, are reporting there were 162 souls on board instead of 161.
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