Thursday is the last business day at the Farnborough Air Show and this was a quiet one, with nothing happening after the closing Airbus press conference in the morning.
I left the Boeing chalet to head back to my hotel in central London at 4 p.m. local time. At that time, no one there had heard about the Malaysia Airlines 777 tragedy in Ukraine.
When I got to the hotel at 5:30 p.m. and learned of the downing of the airplane, I called Boeing back at Farnborough. The communications team there is monitoring the news. They have no information at this time.
The most senior Boeing executives left the Air Show to return home on Wednesday. I think there are none left there now.
At 5:13 p.m. London time, Boeing released the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the Malaysia Airlines airplane lost over Ukrainian airspace, as well as their families and loved ones.
Boeing stands ready to provide whatever assistance is requested by authorities.”