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No one can fathom the agony that families of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 are going through -- except the families of MH370.|
After almost 10 months of waiting, they, too, are grappling with the notion that their loved ones are at the bottom of the ocean. But they have no proof or answers.
Whatever happened, the ordeal raises sad memories of horrific airplane crashes that have cost thousands of lives in recent decades.
Some of the worst such incidents -- like four crashes in frightening succession into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001; the 1988 downing of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland; and a 1977 crash involving the apparent hijacking of a Malaysian Airlines jet that left 100 dead -- involved terrorist activity.
But there are many others that did not, with mechanical problems, pilot error or other reasons blamed for loss of life.
Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 lies in a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, July 17, after the Boeing 777 went down. U.S. intelligence has concluded the passenger jet carrying 298 people was shot down over Ukraine the day before but has not assigned any blame, a senior U.S. official told CNN. Ukrainian officials have accused pro-Russian rebels of downing the jet, but Russia has pointed the finger back at Ukraine, blaming its recent tough military operations against separatists.