July 17th is turning into a very unlucky day to travel the airways. By now you are likely aware that a Malaysian passenger plane has crashed over the Ukraine. It was ironically Malaysian Airlines Flight #17 a Boeing 777 plane, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with 295 people onboard. It happened over Ukraine near the Russian border. The initial reports said it was shot down, but we will have to wait and see if that is true or not. With surmounting tensions between Russia and the Ukraine anything is possible. It is especially sad for the Malaysians as the plane that went missing this past summer still has not been found.
This isn’t the only plane that has crashed on July 17th. In 1996 Flight 800, a TWA Boeing 747, exploded shortly after takeoff, over the Atlantic Ocean near Long Island. 230 people lost their lives that day. It was only days before the Summer Olympics were to begin in Atlanta, Georgia and many people suspected foul play, however nothing to confirm these reports was ever found. There were also training missions taking place by the U.S. Navy Seals. Many speculated that an accidental shooting took the plane down, but again there was nothing that would confirm those reports. Finally in late 1998 it was concluded that the plane explosion was caused from a mechanical failure. Still, some conspiracy theorists don’t believe this decision.
Whatever the cause in either of these two crashes it is a sad day for the airline industry and the families of those aboard Malaysian flight 17, my prayers go out to them.