Things to remember/consider re #QZ8501

1. There is a lot of unverified information being spread like wildfire. Stay skeptical and wait for verified evidence.

2. Regarding the supposed wreckage at Belitung Island: after MH370 there were plenty of “eyewitness” reports of plane wreckage and debris found at random parts of the world. All of them were proven false. Until we have verified evidence let’s not jump to conclusions that a plane actually did crash there let alone QZ8501.

3. If working on whereismh370 has taught me anything it’s that the mainstream media can be just as bad, if not worse, than social media in spreading unverified rumours. Fact-check, follow their sources, and notice any discrepancies between headlines and content (which happens a lot).

4. If the report is “unconfirmed” or “unverified” then take it with a HUGE grain of salt. Mainstream media is quick to jump on “unconfirmed” news as “breaking” news, so be careful.

5. AirAsia is a Malaysia-owned company, but it has nothing much to do with Malaysia Airlines. They have a lot of subsidaries around the region, including Indonesia, which is why some people are referring to QZ8501 as an Indonesian-owned plane.

6. The passenger manifest was officially released to Twitter by the Indonesian Communications Ministry. There may have been earlier “leaks”, and the ethics of the Ministry releasing the names now is up for debate, but it’s not necessarily an “irresponsible leak”.

7. Asides from AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines both being based in the same country, you should not try to draw any sort of connections or inferences between QZ8501, MH370, and MH17. One was the work of militants and was not anything Malaysia could have done anyway. This one seems likely to be weather-related. There’s nothing inherent to Malaysia that causes planes to go down, especially since both airlines have had stellar safety records.

8. QZ8501 did not disappear in the same space as MH370. So cut it out with the Bermuda Triangle comments already.

9. Don’t immediately assume terrorism or Government coverup. Planes crash for all sorts of reasons.

10. I have already seen people of the witchy-woo bent either trying to blame the missing planes on some kind of Law of Attraction fuckery (e.g. finding Instagram photos of passengers talking about being nervous about the flight and accusing them of attracting the accident) or meaning well and talking about “harmonic convergences” or “we will see aliens now!” or some shit. This is deeply offensive. I really hope I do not have to explain why.

11. There are a couple of photos of a young man working at Changi Airport holding up a sign for QZ8501 shared by news agencies online. For the love of God please do not turn him into some kind of #AlexFromTarget meme! I am already losing faith in the Internet’s ability to be sensitive, and I totally won’t be surprised if this guy ends up being memefied anyway, but still.

12. Re “Oh good, no one from my country is on the flight!”: Dual citizens, permanent residents, temporary visas, and refugees exist. Information about their residency status can be hard to find immediately sometimes (e.g. if I was on that flight I don’t think it would have been immediately obvious to anyone that despite my Malaysian passport I am an Australian PR and am currently based in the US). Also, they’re people. I understand the instinct to look out for your own, but their lives are still important regardless of where they are from.

13. Plenty of planes have disappeared without a trace!


The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysian victims from the MH17 Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July were given full military honors and a day of national mourning was declared, the first for civilians in the country’s five-decade history.[X]

 There were 43 Malaysians on board MH17, 15 of them were crew members of Malaysia Airlines. All 298 on board the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight were killed, including 193 Dutch nationals. 

The country compounded the country’s grief over the troubling and still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 four months earlier. Malaysia said 30 of its citizens on board MH17 had been identified and further remains would return in the coming days.The government asked the nation of 28 million people to observe a minute of silence and prayer, while flags nationwide were lowered to half-mast.[X]

1. Malaysian Army soldiers carry a coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

2. Coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight, loaded into a hearse upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

3. Malaysia Airlines crew members hold flowers as they wait outside Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where victims’ bodies of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to be flown back, in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.(AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

4. A Malaysia Airlines crew member cries as she waits outside Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where victims’ bodies of the  Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are to be flown back, in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

5.  Mohamed Salleh, center, father of Nur Shazana, a Malaysia Airlines crew member who was among the victims onboard Flight MH17, place flowers on her grave during a burial ceremony at Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.(AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

6. Sharom Ibrahim, center, mother of Nur Shazana, a Malaysia Airlines crew member who was among the victims onboard Flight MH17, pours water on her grave during a burial ceremony at Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.(AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)


MH17 Memorial Atoll

Henry Stephens + Nick Roberts, 2015


The most difficult aspects to reconcile in the MH17 tragedy are its inherently arbitrary nature and the lack of respect given to the crash site. This is an anomaly amongst modern tragedies, whether they be natural or of human cause. Identification with the actual site of the event – a ground zero immediately loaded with meaning - is noticeably absent. Following the crash in Donetsk, Ukraine, geo-political power games and a mass-media furore have been manifest on the crash site - a previously anonymous patch of rural land. 

Now loaded with competing and contradictory meanings and projections, the site has been disconnected from its physical location, formed vicariously through images, and understood through conflicting and rapidly changing representation in news media.

The most meaningful response to the brief is to engage this sitelessness and lack of closure – acknowledging that the tragedy is still unfolding, whilst giving respect to events that have already taken place.


Deploying these ideas in the form of a memorial park island for Amsterdam’s IJmeer is not so straightforward. The island is synonymous with romantic notions of safety, refuge and composure, and thus is conceptually at odds with the MH17 tragedy. Conversely, the atoll is fragile and siteless – a thin sliver of land, exposed on all sides to the vastness of the ocean, tenuously holding a small body of water. As a figure, the atoll’s loop represents a finite journey, or an endless cycle depending on how it is understood and experienced. 

The atoll provides a clear and consistent conceptual framework to organise a new memorial park for Amsterdam. Our proposal, the MH17 Memorial Atoll, facilitates an hermetic memorial lagoon at its heart, a complex series of memorial and amenity spaces within its singular interior loop, and an active rooftop walking park and maritime edge that extends existing pedestrian routes along Java-Eiland, and connects to an existing ferry route along Oostveer. 


Rather than developing a simulacra of existing urban parks within Amsterdam, the memorial atoll engages the site in a meaningful way and proposes a new kind of public space for the city - a maritime walking loop. 

Entering via a slim bridge connected to existing pedestrian routes, visitors are drawn through a landscaped walking park mirroring the memorial loop underneath.

Situated below the park, the memorial loop oscillates between memorial display spaces, carefully framed views of both the lagoon and the city, and other amenities. 

Contrary to the spatially complex nature of the atoll, the lagoon is devoid of specific content, reflecting the sky above and doubling the visible profile of the atoll. Aside from an obvious gesture upwards, the lagoon attempts to give representation to the sitelessness of the MH17 crash site. Formed by weather, light, and the sky above, the lagoon will be experienced differently by each visitor. Anchored by a grandstand for spectators at its north end, the lagoon provides a unique, spatially powerful, and non-directional place of remembrance to anchor both park and memorial. 


The MH17 Memorial Atoll does not claim a monopoly on meaning surrounding the tragedy, but rather gives representation to the fragility of information surrounding the event, not to mention its ongoing nature. Whilst ostensibly an architecture designed for reflection and remembrance, the MH17 Memorial Atoll also frames the events and their understanding in a sensitive, site-specific, and actively public way. By threading park and memorial functions through the atoll’s singular loop, the proposal simultaneously creates a hermetic space for public remembrance, whilst introducing a new typology of park to Amsterdam.

Today 22nd of August 2014,   The whole nation in Malaysia had  a minute of silence  in the remembrance  of the victims who were  on board of flight MH17.   Today marks a new history  for Malaysia  and is the ones we would never forget   All thoughts and prayers  are with you May you rest in peace

Here is a higher-resolution version of that image purporting to show a fighter jet firing its ordinance at Malaysian Flight MH-17 over Ukraine.

If you can’t click this image to make it bigger, here is a tinypic link. Still unsure about its authenticity, but the fact that there’s a higher resolution means that someone wants to make sure this picture is spread and taken seriously.


Hari Berkabung (National Mourning Day for MH17’s Victims) - 22nd August 2014

Selamat Pulang ke tanah air, Malaysians. Welcome home. 

“How do you mourn the death of a stranger? How do you say goodbye when you’ve never said hello? That’s a question that will play on the minds of millions of Malaysians today.”
- Frankie D’Cruz’s article titled ‘They’re Coming Home, No Words to Say Farewell,’ published by the Malay Mail

Photos taken by Fandy Azlan.

It’s too heart breaking reading all the news, scrolling the time line.
There was a time my finger stop scrolling because it is too sad to keep reading.
I cried in my du'a because it is too sad thinking about them.
I may not know who they are, but losing someone you love definitely is the last thing that you want to think about.

“Since Thursday, I’ve been thinking how horrible the final moments of their lives must have been, when they knew the plane was going down,” he said.

“Did they lock hands with their loved ones? Did they hold their children close to their hearts? Did they look each other in the eyes, one final time, in a wordless goodbye? We will never know.“
- Frans Timmermans; Dutch Foreign Minister

#MH17 #PrayForMalaysia

Alfatihah… .اِنّا لِلّهِ وَاِنّا اِلَيْهِ رَجِعُوْنَ.
بِسْــــــــمِ اٌللَّهِ اٌلرَّحْمَنِ اٌلرَّحِيْـــــــــمِِ
◄.اَلْحَمْدُ ِللهِ رَبِّ العَالَمِينَ ۞ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ ۞ مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ ۞ إيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ ۞ اِهْدِنَا الصِّراطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ ۞ صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّيِنَ.. آمِّيْن


your journey was long delayed, but you come home at last to rest.✈️

moga arwah-arwah ditempatkan dikalangan orang yang beriman.
moga keluarga mereka tabah dan kuat.

kita yang tengok ni pun rasa sebak,
apatah lagi family mh17 ni..
setiap yang hidup, pasti akan merasai mati.

Salah sorang pramugari MH17 merupakan saudara saya. Even i didn’t know her as well. Al fatihah to allahyarhamah Mastura Mustafa. Moga rohnya ditempatkan dikalangan orang yg beriman. Salam takziah to Tok Teh Tapa. To Allah we belong, To Allah we return.



New footage of the MH17 crash aftermath surfaces

The Associated Press released Sunday newly discovered footage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the passenger jet that was shot down and crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July.