Platinum Airways Commemorates Victims of Airborne Terrorism


Platinum Airways, the very virtual Open Skies airline, is commemorating the victims of air-borne terrorism. Its September Destination of the Week series, Terror in the Skies, visits four events that shaped history or led to improved security measures.

Platinum Airways condemns terrorist or any other aggressive behaviour that has a detrimental impact on innocent civilians. However, aviation has had to live with terrorist activity for many decades already, and events such as the shooting down of MH17 are a stark reminder that the fight against such despicable acts will always remain difficult.

Terror in the Skies commemorates the innocent civilians who lost their lives in the event itself or in its aftermath. The series begins with PanAm Flight 830 from Narita to Honolulu (PHNL) where a passenger was killed and 16 others injured by a bomb that had been planted underneath the killed passenger’s seat on the aircraft’s previous flight. Our second destination is Seoul’s Gimpo airport (RKSS), the destination for KAL007 that went off course due to a navigational error and was shot down by a Soviet fighter aircraft. Avianca 203 was a domestic flight in Colombia to Cali airport (SKCL) that was destroyed by a bomb that had been ordered by a drugs baron. And we conclude the series with Africa’s darkest pages in history: the Rwanda civil war that was ignited when the presidential aircraft was shot on its final approach of Kigali (HRYR).

As usual, DOTW offers charts to be downloaded and links to scenery files. A selection of YouTube videos usually contains flight deck and ground views with landings and departures.

About Platinum Airways:
Keen to deliver on its mission to keep the fun in the hobby, Platinum Airways is probably the only virtual airline to combine an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice, with a strategic hub network. The carefully selected hubs, Newark (KEWR), Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW), Vancouver (CYVR), Perth (YPPH) and Brussels (EBBR), should be attractive to a global membership. In addition, Platinum Airways offers its pilots an often cheeky Destination of the Week, Military and Cargo. Sticking to the KISS principle (Keep It Straight and Simple), Platinum Airways hosts an active forum and a screenshot of the week competition, with the winner providing the main picture on its home page for the next week.

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