A shorter route uses less fuel and thus saving Malaysia Airlines money. But MH17 was flying over a restricted zone.
Since April, the commercial aircraft of British, European and American operators were already warned that the Ukrainian airspace over the Crimea region is dangerous.
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A sign from the sky?
Even the war-torn Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Sudan have not had their planes – whether passenger or military – fall from the sky like this.
Out of all the countries in the world, only Malaysia Airlines has been struck by two such massive air tragedies within such a short span of time, i.e. MH370 where 239 people are presumed dead and MH17 with its 298 passengers and crew.
The MAS crashes are the only two major commercial airliner crashes in the world this year.
Two MH crashes, 537 dead / around the world 15 crashes, 222 dead
Other plane crashes this year have mostly involved small passenger aircraft like Cessna and Fokker which recorded less than a dozen fatalities each, and the air forces of Algeria, Laos and Ukraine — none of which exceeded two digits in fatalities.
From January 2014 until present (including MH17), there have been some one-and-a-half dozen air crashes around the world. The civilian casualties were 2 or 3, or 4-8 dead. See full list in previous posting.
Altogether 222 people died from a total of 15 air crashes (excluding MAS planes) this year.
The two crashes by Malaysia Airlines alone have cost 537 lives.
Is there something troubling Malaysia’s moral compass?
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