Malaysia Airlines employees having tough time

SATISH CHENEY
Last updated 06:55 20/07/2014

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Coping with two disasters within a few months has left some Malaysia Airlines employees so shaken that they've been unable to function properly at work, a union official said on Saturday (local time).

The airline suffered its second disaster in less than five months on Thursday when Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in Ukraine with 298 people onboard. The carrier also is still dealing with the mystery of Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people onboard en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia President Ismail Nasaruddin said morale among airline personnel is low as employees try to come to terms with the two disasters.

"Some of them are sad and very depressed," he said at a news conference. "We have not overcome the battle of missing MH370, and within such a short period, this incident has taken place involving another Malaysia aircraft."

Meanwhile, about 50 former high school classmates of a flight attendant who was aboard Flight 17, Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh, gathered at a mosque in Putrajaya, a district just outside Kuala Lumpur, to pay final respects to their friend and others who died in Thursday's disaster.

"From the ages of 13 to 17, we did everything together," said the organiser of the gathering, who gave only the name Nik. "We're all like sisters. May God bless her and others on the plane."

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