Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Who The Media Should Be Calling


A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 departing from Zurich International Airport. Photo courtesy of Aero Icarus via Flickr.

I have been sitting here in Baltimore watching the ongoing general media coverage of what happened to Flight 370 with a mx of bemusement and outright horror.  My phone has been ringing off the hook and my email inbox has been bombarded with media organizations from around the globe asking me to comment on the ongoing saga.

This shows me how desperate the general media are to find  experts to theorize on what might have happened to the Boeing 777 and its 239 passengers. Aviation accidents are one of the areas I don’t feel comfortable commenting on as a “media” expert. But after more than 20 years in the aviation business, there are a cadre of great aviation journalists that the general media SHOULD be calling, and I’ve listed them below. Put them on speed dial!

Jon OstrowerWall Street Journal: Before Ostrower, a Chicago-based aerospace reporter, came to the Journal, he was the air transport editor for FlightGlobal. Before that, he wrote the independent Flightblogger blog, considered the source of information on all things Boeing aircraft. He’s forgotten more than most of us know about the Seattle aircraft manufacturer.

Rob Mark, and Aviation International News:  besides being a licensed commercial pilot and the writer of the safety section of AIN, Mark has flown every current commercial aircraft from the Airbus A380 on down. He speaks regularly on aviation issues for FOX News and can do the same for you.

Christine Negroni, freelance aviation journalist: Negroni was on my original top 10 list. She’s written about aviation and safety for publications including the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Dallas Morning News and all the major television networks. She also covered aviation for CNN and wrote a book about the crash of TWA Flight 800. – See more at:


Graham Warwick and Guy Norris, Aviation Week and Space Technology: my former colleagues have been in the business for decades. Warwick, AvWeek’s managing editor for technology, has a strong background in aircraft engineering and design. Senior Editor Norris is a long-time, respected aerospace journalist who has written books on aircraft manufacturers, including Boeing.

Stephen Trimble, FlightGlobal: Trimble, FlightGlobal’s Americas Editor,  is one of the pre-eminent aerospace and aviation editors in the field.

Frank Jackman, Flight Safety Foundation: my former Aviation Week colleague covered the overhaul and maintenance side of aviation for more than 20 years. He is now Editor-in-Chief of AeroSafety World magazine and director of publications at the foundation. – See more at:

4 thoughts on “Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Who The Media Should Be Calling

  1. Rob

    Benét, I totally agree – speculation means nothing unless it’s coming from someone who knows their stuff! I don’t think the general media understands how important it is to have someone with experience commenting on this stuff. It’s one thing to do a lot of research on the spot, but it’s an entirely other thing to back that research up with years and years of experience in the industry!

  2. Malcolm Turncoat

    I don’t see how an “expert” RTP pilot can offer much more insight into the case. The problem is the speculation is being published. Boycott MH370 stories until they find the wreckage.

  3. cedarglen

    I may or may not agree with yo list of experts, but I commend you for NOT mentioning the handful of talking heads that are paid huge retainers, say virtually nothing and typically defer to the Senior Talking Head by saying, “Back to you [insert first name].” They have no facts, say nothing and refuse to make even an educated guess, for fear of being wrong on a ‘big story,’ and this dropped as a consultant. The contribute nothing of substance. Perhaps that’s why I’ve not owned a TV for >20 years. Get it!


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