I will still fly MAS, says CNN's Quest

I will still fly MAS, says CNN's Quest
Richard Quest.

KUALA LUMPUR - The unprecedented mystery surrounding the disappearance of flight MH370 has not affected Richard Quest's opinion of flying with Malaysia Airlines.

The CNN correspondent and aviation expert said he would continue flying with MAS's comfortable Boeing 777 "tomorrow itself, if he had to".

"There is no safety issue with MAS. There is no difference between MAS and other airlines," he said adding that MAS was among the best airlines with undeniable capabilities.

Quest, in an interview over Astro AWANI's Agenda AWANI Khas, on Tuesday night said he had no doubt that what happened to the aircraft "could have happened to any airline, from any country around the world".

He said it was understandable that questions needed to be asked and answered.

"This is not a Malaysian issue. No country has ever had to deal with this sort of situation. Officials have been overwhelmed by this incident, therefore, it (authorities concerned) might come across often as disorganised," he said.

Quest has been objective and critical when commenting on the case of the missing jetliner, through his Twitter account @richardquest.

On March 25, the day after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the plane ended its journey in the Indian Ocean, Quest came to the government's defence pointing out though mistakes had been made with the investigations, the incident was still unprecedented adding that the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), the FAA (United States Federal Aviation Administration), the BEA (French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety), the AAIB (Air Accidents Investigation Branch) were also part of the investigating team.

He said it was silly to suggest that only first-world countries should do the investigating, adding that Malaysia was in a unique situation.

"Mistakes have been made but it is ridiculous to pretend that this investigation has been a disaster.

"The Malaysians would be damned if they did release info and damned if they don't," he tweeted, adding that "no-one in their right mind" would have expected MH370 to be flying in the opposite direction without any radar or warning.

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