PRLog - Aug. 25, 2014 - HERTS, U.K. -- Last month on 17th July 2014 the world was stunned by the news of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The Boeing 777-200ER was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it disappeared from radar. The flight took off at 10.15 GMT from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and was operating as normal until 14.15 GMT when the plane lost contact. This occurred while the passenger plane was travelling through a conflict region in Ukraine. Shortly afterwards, footage emerged of the crash site which was in pro-Russian separatists extremely dangerous territory. After much investigation it is now believed that the plane was hit by a Russian supplied missile by rebels. However Russia has blamed Ukrainian government forces. There is growing evidence from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that a SA-11 missile was fired from Eastern Ukraine and there is a solid case to prove that the Russians helped to create this weapon. The plane crashed in Eastern Ukraine, 50 km from the Russian border. It is thought that the rebels were not aware that the aircraft was in fact a passenger plane and they mistook it for a Russian aircraft. This is the only plausible explanation. Devastatingly, all of the 298 passengers on board died including 80 children and 15 crewmembers. The majority of passengers were Dutch, Malaysia Airlines’ passenger list can clarify that the plane was carrying 193 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, 1 Canadian and 1 New Zealander when it was shot down.
A complete family of six was killed in the accident, the Malaysian family were returning home after 3 years living abroad. A grandfather travelling with his three grandchildren were four of the Australian passengers that lost their lives. Also a Malaysia Airlines steward Sanjid Singh swapped shifts to work on the ill-fated flight MH17. It was a twist of fate as 131 previously his wife (also a stewardess) had also swapped shifts but it meant she was not working on flight MH370 which vanished while on route to Beijing. Six AIDS researchers, activists and scientists also died as they were travelling to an international conference in Melbourne.
The likelihood of this kind of tragedy happening again is next to nothing. We have to presume that this was a freak accident and that no other passenger planes will be shot out of the sky by rebels. Security measures have been raised and now airlines are taking caution when flying through or close to conflict zones. However, what you are more likely to be subject to when travelling abroad is flight delays and disruptions. According to EC Regulation 261/2004, a passenger is entitled to claim compensation if an airline caused them to be delayed 3 hours or more. Passengers can receive 250, 300, 400 or the maximum 600 Euros worth of delayed flight compensation (based on the circumstances of the flight and flight delay). The compensation is fixed and is carefully calculated following the flight delay compensation guidelines outlined in EC Regulation 261/2004.The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show that on average 220 million people use UK airports each year. An average of 1.5% of flights to/from UK airports are delayed by more than 3 hours or cancelled each year which means that approximately 3.3 million passengers could claim flight delay compensation each year.
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