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Dynamics of an aviation investigation

MH370 has been missing for 3 weeks.

During conversations relating to aviation incidents (in general), I realized many people don't understand the dynamics of such investigations. (that is to say, who pays the heavy price of the losses, who blames who, etc.). I'm no expert on aviation, but somehow I picked some insights on related matters, during my creative-research for my writings.

Here is my view, on how such aviation incidents typically play out (views are in general, and not specific to MH370):

The first one to face the heat are the local authorities.The authorities then begin to scrutinize the carrier, for safety and compliance matters.The carrier then shifts the blame on the manufacturer, for technical matters.The manufacturer then blames on pilot-error, negligence, foul-play - leading to a criminal investigation.A criminal investigation * if proven - ensures the authorities, carrier, and manufacturer emerge unscathed from the entire episode. This is an important point t…

MH 370

My thoughts & prayers for the passengers & crew of missing Malaysian Airliner MH 370, and their distraught relatives. It is a difficult moment for humanity in general- not just for the aviation industry or only for Malaysians, because 239 people vanished from the face of earth..without a trace. Singapore has done well by contributing to the search & rescue operations, even though no Singaporeans were involved in the incident. I however have a message for the social media users who have chosen to make jokes out of this suffering - please have respect for the missing & their families. Look through the pics of the missing passengers published today (during their happier times)..and your (twisted) sense of humor will be replaced by a sense of loss. Look at the stories of distraught relatives, one of whom is a very elderly lady waiting to cook dinner for her missing son, as she thinks he would be hungry after missing at sea. Just dig deeper into your soul, and you will get…

Most expensive city

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Singapore is the most expensive city in the world, as of March 2014.

Link to The Economist article.

Extract from Financial Times, reporting the same story: