Ukraine failed to heed warnings on airspace

Eurocontrol reportedly urged it to close eastern airspace

Ukraine was reportedly urged to close the airspace in the east of the country before the tragedy of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, killing 298 people.

Eurocontrol, which manages Europe’s air traffic, reportedly spoke to Ukrainian counterparts following the shooting down of a number of military aircraft by Russian rebels. But, according to a report in the UK’s Sunday Times, Eurocontrol did not have the power to intervene.

As previously reported, some families of the victims are taking legal action against the Ukrainian government for failing to shut its airspace.

On July 14, the Ukrainian authorities raised the minimum flying height from 26,000ft to 32,000ft. Several airlines, including British Airways, had already rerouted flights in the preceding weeks. MH17 was hit while flying at 33,000ft.

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