What to Know Now
Details are slowly starting to emerge from the MH 17 disaster a week back as Russian separatists begin to ease their grip on the crash site. Most notably, the group returned the black boxes back to Amsterdam for analysis; they’re now in the hands of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in England.
As expected, the crash site has been tampered with. Let’s hope that the black boxes yield some significant conclusions.
There were two more commercial airline incidents this week in what’s already been a terrible month for air travel. The first involved a TransAsia Airways ATR-72 that crashed during landing on a small island off the Taiwan coast. 48 of the people onboard were killed.
As of this morning, the second incident involves an Air Algerie flight missing over north Africa. According to BBC News, the aircraft contacted Nigerian airspace to request alternate routing due to inclement weather. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the plane crashed in Mali.
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If reports that #AH5017 came down in NE Mali are correct then it may have flown through remnants of deep convective system near #Gao
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