TORONTO — Tourism Malaysia says its thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew of flight MH17, as investigators continue to examine the wreckage of the Boeing 777 crash site in the Ukraine.
One Canadian passenger has been confirmed among the dead along with 189 Dutch passengers, 44 Malaysians, 27 Australians, one New Zealander, 12 Indonesians, nine passengers from the UK, four each from Belgium and Germany and three from the Philippines. Four passengers’ nationalities have yet to be verified.
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Malaysia Airlines said MH17’s flight plan was approved by Eurocontrol, who are responsible for determining civil aircraft flight paths over European airspace.
Malaysia Airlines notes that the route over Ukrainian airspace where the incident occurred is commonly used for Europe to Asia flights and reports that 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.
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, says the airline. Malaysia Airlines is now avoiding Ukrainian airspace entirely, flying further south over Turkey.