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Air disasters imperil Malaysian tourism

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An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travellers, putting the tropical destination's vital tourism sector at risk, observers warn. 

A Tourism Malaysia advertisement promoting Kuala Lumpur is displayed behind commuters sitting at a bus shelter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Airline System Bhd) is reeling from its second disaster in four months, sparking fears the airline may lead the country’s entire tourism sector into a tailspin. (Bloomberg photo)

Even before Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down Thursday over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in an apparent missile strike, Malaysian tourism was under a cloud following the March 8 loss of MH370 with 239 people aboard.

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