MH370: Words of support for families of those on missing plane

MH370: Words of support for families of those on missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR - Aviation industry leaders speaking at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Ops Conference here offered words of support for the families of passengers and crew of Flight MH370.

In his opening address, IATA director-general and CEO Tony Tyler also acknowledged the efforts of those involved in the ongoing search mission, describing their work as "heroic".

"We admire the courageous determination and hope for their safety and success. As humans, we have kept all those on board, their families and friends and our colleagues at Malaysia Airlines in our thoughts through these difficult weeks.

"The best way for all of us involved in aviation to honour the memory of those on board is to learn from what happened to improve safety in the future," he said.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes director of aviation safety Cornelia Townsend, in her speech, said their thoughts had been with the families of those on board "since day one".

"Boeing is a technical adviser as part of the investigations. Our role is to provide our technical expertise to help locate the airplane and then figure out what happened. Boeing is committed to providing, and has been providing our expertise and will continue to do so as long as it is needed," she said in the beginning of her presentation.

Another industry leader, Airports Council International director-general Angela Gittens hoped that the airliner would be found and "we can begin to get to the bottom of what caused this incident".

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