The 9M-MRO readying for take off as captured by Norman Md Yusof on June 9, 2009 at KLIA.
PETALING JAYA: Aviation photography enthusiasts from around the world have contributed their images of 9M-MR0, the aircraft used for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, for a tribute published on the Internet.
Titled ‘Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 The Airliner That Travelled The Globe - A tribute as told through aviation photographers across the world’, the website pictures the plane in various airports globally during the time it was in service.
Michael Raisch, the founder of Raisch Studios, a web-based company, said “this piece has been produced as a non-profit tribute to all of the lives who are missing and those who remain forever changed by this tragic event”.
Malaysian photographer Norman Md Yusof submitted two photographs from June 9, 2009 and Jan 30, 2014 and shared his thoughts on the incident including the emotional ups and downs faced by those affected by it.
Norman wrote that he captured the first image at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) when he was on an assignment.
“The B777 aircraft has this unique and very elegant entrance style to the runway for lining up, thus I had several shots of 9M-MRO that day lining up for takeoff from runway 32R.
“I’ll say a little prayer in my heart that they’ll find MRO soon, find out what actually happened and pray for the souls on board, when I look at my photographs of 9M-MRO,” he said.
Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Kwee, a Malaysian living in Australia, also shared a picture of the plane he took on Aug 10, 2010 in Perth, Australia.
He said that he was shocked by the disappearance, but was glad that he had a photo of the plane.
“Triple seven is a joy to fly in. It’s graceful with its huge twin engine, feeling robust in the air and beautiful to photograph in action with all the flaps down,” he wrote.
Gunner Kullenberg captured a picture of the plane on Oct 12, 2013 as it was taking off from Los Angeles in California.
He noted that it “was a beautiful fall day here in Southern California”, but expressed hope the aircraft would be found soon.
“Now there are only a day or two left before the “pings” from the “black boxes” go silent and for the sake of friends and relatives of those onboard, I hope the truth about the aircraft’s fate is uncovered and soon,” he was quoted as saying.
More images of the aircraft from around the world can be seen at: http://bit.ly/1mRwOIp.