Thursday, May 19, 2016

MH17: A Case of Corporate Manslaughter

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An Australian barrister has suggested Malaysia Airlines should shoulder most of the blame for the MH17 disaster for putting the aircraft in the path of danger.
David Chitty said the authorities and public had focused on the separatists and the conflict in Ukraine and not enough on the “criminality of the corporate side that allowed the aircraft to be where it was”.
The Courier Mail quoted Chitty, a former Head of Compliance at Qantas, as saying not only was the Boeing 777 flying over a known conflict zone – it was flying just 1,000 feet above restricted airspace. [Note: Ukraine had closed the airspace up to 32,000 feet and MH17 was shot down from an altitude of 33,000 feet].
The Courier Mail reported that a day after New South Wales coroner Michael Barnes found the 2014 disaster was an “an act of gross murder” the role of the airline has come under further scrutiny. Forty of the victims were Australians.
Chitty said the final Dutch Safety Board report on the disaster made it clear Malaysia Airlines did not conduct adequate risk assessment of flying through a known conflict zone.
“In the preceding weeks there were some 15 military aircraft shot down in the same area, one of them at 26,000 feet by a surface-to-air missile,” Chitty told legal advisory service Benchmark TV.
Chitty is clearly alleging that Malaysian Airlines is guilty of corporate manslaughter!
Yesterday, Sevilla came from a goal down to defeat Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa league final. With that victory, they qualified for the Champions League at our expense.
So, no European football next season for Liverpool! We’re just not good enough!
I was in Section 13 in Petaling Jaya to attend the Tan Chong Segambut Toastmasters meeting – at their alternate venue, i.e. the flagship Renault showroom in Jalan Kemajuan. Upon Division J Director Jacy Wee’s request, I did a presentation – as my original evaluator role was aborted when the speaker made an about-turn.


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