Local reaction: 298 believed dead in Malaysian plane crash
Malaysian business owner Alvin Liew reads a text message he received from his sister about the plane.
MASON, OH (FOX19) -
The Straits of Malacca restaurant in Mason has been a
central gathering place for the Tri-State Malaysian community over the last
four months as they continue to pray for passengers of Flight 370, the plane
that disappeared on its way to Bejing in March.
Now those community members say news of a second tragedy is
"Malaysian jet shot down over Ukraine 295 dead," read
Malaysian business owner Alvin Liew from a text message he received from his
sister Thursday afternoon.
It is the last headline he wanted to read. A Malaysian airline
passenger plane reportedly shot down on its way to his home city Kuala Lumpur.
"If you shoot a war plane down it's okay. But these
people are passengers. They don't know. They are just passengers. How could you
shoot them down?" said Liew.
"Actually I was looking at that same route to go home
in December. I was looking for cheap flights and that was the cheapest one two
weeks ago," said Liew's sister Susan Giovengo.
Alvin and Susan have both traveled Malaysian Airlines on
several occasions. Their home country is still grieving missing Malaysian
Flight 370. Now reports of a missile bringing down a second plane are hard to
"Definitely concerned about my country and my
government. How are they going to deal with this? The last thing I want is for
us to get pulled into any political unrest or anything like that," said
Four months, two planes, one airline and a community struck
once again by tragedy.
"I don't know what to say anymore. I wish I could help
but all we can do is pray," said Liew.
So far, reports suggest there were at least 23 Malaysians on
board Flight 17.