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Malaysian Flight MH17 ordered to fly over eastern Ukraine

Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that the pilot of the doomed MH17 flight was instructed by the traffic control tower in Kiev to fly at a lower altitude when it came into Ukraine airspace.  The original flight plan had the plane flying at an altitude of 35,000 ft, but air traffic control in Kiev had the plane come down to an altitude of 33,000 ft, just 1000 feet higher than the restricted altitude in the warzone.

Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that the pilot of MH17 was following the rules established by Eurocontrol and the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and following a flight path that is similar to that followed by as many as 150 international flights that pass over Eastern Ukraine each day.  The order for the change in flight path did not come from Eurocontrol, but proof as to who gave the order is not available and all audio records are being held by the government in Kiev.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

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