Of broken bodies and shattered lives: MH17

Although much has been written and will be written in the days to come about this incredibly horrible and heart wrenching tale of Russian/Ukrainian misadventure that saw the lives of 298 innocent people aboard MH17 snuffed out in an instant, we at Payload Asia feel it our duty to pay homage to these victims of a senseless act and their loved ones who must struggle on without them.


Of broken bodies and shattered lives: MH17


Although much has been written and will be written in the days to come about this incredibly horrible and heart wrenching tale of Russian/Ukrainian misadventure that saw the lives of 298 innocent people aboard MH17 snuffed out in an instant, we at Payload Asia feel it our duty to pay homage to these victims of a senseless act and their loved ones who must struggle on without them. It is clearly not a cargo story, but as part of the global aviation community it rings a chord close to all our hearts, just as the human tragedy pulls so sharply at our heart strings.

While images of the everyday items of travel – suitcases, books, passports, toys, clothing – scattered across the crash site evoke heart rending emotion, the cargo manifest also brings the tragedy close to home. Within the belly hold were two dogs, birds, pigeons and chickens; various courier goods; aircraft and helicopter parts; perishables including medicines and cut flowers; technical electronic equipment; filters; horticultural products; oil well equipment; textiles and diplomatic mail. All the stuff of a more-or-less typical belly cargo shipment.

At the point of writing this note many – but still far from all – of the bodies of the victims of this international tragedy have been transported to the Netherlands. There they were given a somber, dignified and highly moving reception that befits their sad, unjust demise and hitherto ill-treatment at the hands of the thugs operating in the Ukraine. That these thugs and their cowardly backers premise their cause on some sort of moral high ground for a the greater good of reforming political boundaries based on seemingly xenophobic notions has been made absurdly irrelevant by the single push of button.