In the wake of the tragic MH17 crash in Ukraine on Thursday, Malaysian Airlines quietly deleted a photo of its mascot – a teddy bear named Pilot Parker – from its Twitter account, Gawker reported.
The tweet was posted 12 hours before the Boeing 777 plane crashed. For a brief period, news about the disaster appeared directly next to the image of a teddy bear in a tiny blue pilot’s suit.
Malaysia Airlines has since replaced the post with a media statement about the Thursday crash, which killed all 280 passengers and 15 crew members. An Associated Press journalist has reportedly counted 22 bodies among the wreckage so far.