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Media Watch
Year : 2016, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : ( 281) Last page : ( 298)
Print ISSN : 0976-0911. Online ISSN : 2249-8818.
Article DOI : 10.15655/mw/2016/v7i3/48555

Crisis Management in Communication: A Study on MH370, MH17 and QZ8501 Aviation Tragedies

Azmi Mohd Nazri Latiff*, Rahman Nur Ain Afizan Abd, Halim Zulazhan Abd., Hamid Mohd Fauzi Abdul

Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia

*Correspondence to: Dr. Mohd Nazri Latiff Azmi, Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, 21300 Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. E-mail: mohdnazri@unisza.edu.my

Online published on 12 September, 2016.


In 2014, the MH370, MH17 and QZ8501 flight crash tragedies become a viral issue and attract the attentions of media and stakeholders, globally, and raise many crises to the airlines companies, respectively, including the risk of losing their stakeholders ’trust. The study is to identify the crises management approaches used for the tragedies related, to analyse and compare the effectiveness of the crises management between two well-known airlines companies, Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines (MAS). Qualitative method was used to collect the data related to the ways that the airlines company had taken to handling the crises. So, the researchers conducted content analysis by studying the secondary data, due to the fact of the airlines reluctance to give out information about safety procedures or policies, as the airlines accidents are a very sensitive subject. The data are mostly of the documentary types in written format of press conferences, press releases and media coverage of the accidents by local and western daily press (printed and online news).



Crisis management, communication, corporate image, discourse analysis, language.


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