Boeing is to blame for missing plane - former Malaysia prime minster

Country’s longest serving premier also accused the US plane maker of “doing nothing”
Boeing is to blame for missing plane - former Malaysia prime minster
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad
By Ahmad Lala
Mon 28 Apr 2014 12:45 PM

Boeing is responsible for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to the former Malaysian prime minister.

The Malaymailonline website reported that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had published a blog post saying: “Boeing built this aircraft. Boeing must explain how all these means of tracking the plane can be disabled, can fail. Either Boeing technology is poor or it is not fail-safe.

“I would not like to fly in Boeing aircraft unless Boeing can explain how all its system can fail or be disabled.”

The country’s longest serving premier also accused the US plane maker of “doing nothing”.

“It is standard practice that when a plane crashes, a team of experts would arrive at the scene soonest so as to find the cause of the crash,” wrote Mohamad. “Boeing and the authorities in the manufacturing country should be looking out for the plane.

“Maybe the plane type should be grounded. But Boeing has shown no interest and had said practically nothing.”

The Malaysia Airline aircraft, carrying 239 people on board, disappeared on March 8, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Boeing, meanwhile, did not want to comment on an “incident under investigation”, referring the matter to the Malaysian authorities.

However, at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, Randy Tinset, vice president, Marketing, for Boeing Commercial, told Aviation Business that when there is an incident in the aviation industry, the lessons are taken on board to improve safety.

“We have been able to build a safety record in this industry that is second to none,” said Tinseth. “Flying on an aeroplane is the safest mode of transportation. As a colleague of mine would say, it is safer than your drive in to work every day. The reason that we’ve got there is that we have an objective as an industry for no incidents, no accidents. We drive to zero.

“It might not be a goal that is attainable, but because we have that goal, and we push for that, it has created a safety culture, and a culture that has learned from past incidents,” he added.

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