DIRECTOR General of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority
, Ramesh Lutchmedial
, said yesterday, despite the concerns surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, flying still remains the safest form of transportation.
made the statement yesterday as he
sought to allay the fears of individuals who may second-guess flying as transportation option, following the bizarre circumstances surrounding Flight MH370.
yesterday said mystery still surrounds the entire flight MH370 incident.
"The organisations responsible for safety certification and providing of air navigation services whatever we do, we do it with safety being of paramount importance and therefore whenever you have incidents that result in the loss of life you know it remains a cause for real concern and there is a lot about this flight that still remains a mystery because the flight was really intended to travel all the way up to Beijing and then appeared to make a turn and then went west and then headed back down south, and the reasons for that are all unknown," Lutchmedial
said if the plane's two recorders are recovered then, "they can to some extent reconstruct what occurred".
"Clearly, the aircraft at the time it made that deviation from its planned flight it then flew for a number of hours which meant the aircraft was in perfect working condition, in terms of the mechanical aspect of it, but what happened inside the cockpit was a different story that no one would know until you can get the cockpit voice recorder which would record the conversations and the noise in the cockpit," he
Amid the concern surrounding flight MH370 and flying on a whole, Lutchmedial
expressed faith in the system.
said given the number of aircraft incidents per day compared to number of passengers means "it is by far the safest form of transportation".
"Aircraft systems have matured and they are very, very reliable.
Aviation security has been significantly enhanced after 9/11 (September 11, 2001), of course there is no such thing as a perfect system so you know ever so often someone might be able to exploit a weak link in the safety and security chain, but I am saying all of that with the caveat that we really do not know what happened to the flight except that based on modelling if the flight had so much of fuel on board which they would have known then if it flew X number of hours where the flap lights are not receiving a signal meant that it may have run out of fuel and that is the assumption they are using to say it went down in the sea in that area because it used up all of the fuel on board," Lutchmedial