Missing MAS flight: Be sensitive about sharing information, urges flight attendants' union

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 08 Mar 2014

PETALING JAYA: The public should stop sharing unverified information about the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 and be sensitive about the situation, appealed the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia.

Its president Ismail Nasaruddin urged those on social media to stay positive until there was official confirmation from MAS about the incident.

“Let us all keep our hopes high. Nothing (allegations that the plane had crashed) should be posted in that manner because everyone should be sensitive about the situation. We should come together and pray for the best,” he told The Star Online.

Ismail confirmed that as of 3.20pm, MAS had yet to inform the union of any crash despite Vietnamese media reporting that the MH370 flight had crashed off Tho Chu Island.

He said the mystery of the missing aircraft was the most shocking flight-related incident he had encountered in his 25 years as a flight attendant.

“There were incidents from time to time, of course, but never has it happened where an aircraft lost contact for so many hours,” he said.

Ismail said the MAS flight attendant team was like “one big family” and that the news had sent shock waves reverberating throughout the community.

He also confirmed that none of his colleagues had been able to contact any of the cabin crew, adding that they would normally contact all their friends upon landing.

“Normally, we will be able to see where they are from their Facebook posts or other social media posts,” he said, adding that most of the cabin crew on the MH370 were seasoned flight attendants.

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