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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Flight route of downed plane had been declared safe

Published on Jul 18, 2014 7:50 AM
The site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash is seen near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. The Malaysian airliner Flight MH-17 was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia Airlines said on Friday the flight route taken by an airliner that came down in Ukraine had been declared safe by the UN aviation arm, the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

It also said the International Air Transportation Association "had stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions".

The airline said the plane was carrying a total 298 people, including three infants - 283 passengers and 15 crew. It earlier said it had been carrying 295 people.