International Aircraft Accidents Observations #I

When a plane crashes overseas – even if it is United States registry – there are rules of diplomatic protocol to follow. The first rule is the country that the aircraft accident took place in has jurisdiction. This can be a problem when the urgency to find the cause whittles away at diplomatic decorum, but in the end, the rights of the investigating country have to be respected.
That’s not to say that one country, like the US, cannot offer assistance and consulting. More often than not this type of aid is gladly accepted, with the host country deferring to investigative organizations, like the NTSB, for running the investigation. This is the common sense approach that world leaders take to show the rest of the advanced nations that there is compassion for the victims’ families, a dedication to the truth, and transparency as the investigation progresses.
How does an aircraft accident investigation go wrong? Take Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that ‘crashed’ in March 2014. The entire time no one in-charge took control, spoke truthfully, or employed cogent communications with victims’ families or the media. This is exactly the type of petri dish that cultivates a conspiracy theory environment. Furthermore it lends itself to disbelief – in this case it is possible to suspend trust in the investigation and take the route of paranoia. The last thing civilized people of the world need to do: allow their collective imaginations to wander.

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