Media Statement 4: MH17 Incident
1. Flight plan
MH17’s flight plan was approved by Eurocontrol, who are solely responsible for determining civil aircraft flight paths over European airspace. Eurocontrol is the air navigation service provider for Europe and is governed under ICAO rules.
The route over Ukrainian airspace where the incident occurred is commonly used for Europe to Asia flights. A flight from a different carrier was on the same route at the time of the MH17 incident, as were a number of other flights from other carriers in the days and weeks before. Eurocontrol maintains records of all flights across European airspace, including those across Ukraine.
In April, the International Civil Aviation Organization identified an area over the Crimean peninsula as risky. At no point did MH17 fly into, or request to fly into, this area. At all times, MH17 was in airspace approved by the ICAO.
MH17 filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000ft throughout Ukrainian airspace. This is close to the ‘optimum’ altitude.
However, an aircraft’s altitude in flight is determined by air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control to fly at 33,000ft.
Following this afternoon’s press conference, Malaysia Airlines can confirm that a further 16 passengers’ nationalities have been verified. The latest breakdown of nationalities of those on board the flight is as follows:
· 189 Netherlands
· 44 Malaysia
· 27 Australia
· 12 Indonensia
· 9 UK
· 4 Belgium
· 4 Germany
· 3 Philippines
· 1 Canada
· 1 New Zealand
Four passengers’ nationalities remain to be verified.
4. New flight route
Following this incident, Malaysia Airlines now avoids Ukrainian airspace entirely, flying further south over Turkey.
- MH17 Incident: Malaysia Airline Media Statement 3; Friday, July 18, 01:30 PM GMT +0800
- Malaysia Airline Official MH17 Cargo Manifest and Airway Bill
- Senarai Nama Krew Anak Kapal Malaysia Airline MH17
- Malaysia Airline MH17 Cabin Crew Manifest
- MH17 Incident : Friday, July 18, 07:30 AM GMT +0800 Media Statement 2
- MH17: Photos And Videos Of The Plane Crash
- MH17 Tragedy: Unofficial List Of Passenger Nationalities
- Statement by Prime Minister Najib Razak: Malaysian Airlines flight 17, Friday, July 18, 04:15 AM SGT +0800
- Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down Over Ukraine – Huffington Post
- Malaysia Airlines Confirms Losing Contact Of MH17 From Amsterdam
- Malaysia Airlines Plane Crashes In East Ukraine?