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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Some Asian carriers quit Ukraine airspace months ago

Published on Jul 18, 2014 1:27 PM
 
A man points at a world map at a Malaysia Airlines branch office in Jakarta on July 18, 2014 following the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster. The Malaysian airliner apparently shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine was flying over airspace that a number of other Asian carriers abandoned months ago because of security concerns. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - The Malaysian airliner apparently shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine was flying over airspace that a number of other Asian carriers abandoned months ago because of security concerns.

South Korea's two main airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, as well as Australia's Qantas and Taiwan's China Airlines said they had all rerouted flights from as early as the beginning of March when Russian troops moved into Crimea.

"We stopped flying over Ukraine because of safety concerns," Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyo-Min said.

Korean Air re-routed its flights 250 kilometres (160 miles) south of Ukraine from March 3 "due to the political unrest in the region", an official for the carrier told AFP.

 
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