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  • Dec 18, 2014
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Malaysia Airlines flight 17

Malaysia Airlines flight 17

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 airliner en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 after being hit by a surface-to-air missile. Separatist pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian government traded accusations over who is to blame for the attack on the civilian airliner that killed all 298 people on board the plane.  

MH17 tragedy proves need for a higher authority on flight safety

Safety first

The forcing down of flight MH17 by what is widely believed to have been a missile has had an unprecedented impact on the aviation industry. It could have been any one of several well-known airlines also operating in the same flight corridor that day.

Monday, 28 July, 2014, 3:08am 1 comment

First MH17 victims identified as grieving relatives defy safety worries to visit crash site

People watch as the convoy of hearses arrives at the Korporaal van Oudheusdenkazerne in Hilversum, Netherlands. Photo: EPA

Forensic experts have identified the first of 298 people killed in the MH17 disaster, as grieving relatives defied safety concerns to pay an emotional visit to the crash site.

27 Jul 2014 - 12:45pm

MH17 and Israel's Gaza invasion highlight historical disconnect

A woman places a candle at a memorial concert in Ukraine for the MH17 crash victims. Photo: AP

The past 10 days have been depressing not just because of two very public outrages, the downing of flight MH17 and the Gaza war, but also because of the many disconnects in international relationships they raise. One of those relates to Hong Kong.

27 Jul 2014 - 4:01am 18 comments

Black week for aviation a reminder of the 'magic of flight and fragility of life'

A French army helicopter at the site of the plane crash in Mali. Photo: AFP

Nearly 300 passengers are killed when their plane is shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm in Taiwan, and yet another crashes in West Africa.

26 Jul 2014 - 1:27am

Australian troops to help secure flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine

Assistant Australian Federal Police commissioner Michael Outrim (left) shows Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott an aerial view of the MH17 crash site in Canberra on Friday. Photo: EPA

Australian troops plan to join a police contingent helping to secure the site in Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday.

26 Jul 2014 - 4:29am

‘Our hell beyond hell’: Parents of Hong Kong-raised children lost on flight MH17 tell of grief

Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin who died in the flight MH17 disaster over Ukraine. Their grandfather was also killed. Photo: EPA

Three siblings on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over the Ukraine grew up in Hong Kong and were much-loved students at the Australian International School.

26 Jul 2014 - 3:03am 7 comments

Second wave of planes carrying flight MH17 bodies from Ukraine arrives in the Netherlands

A convoy of funeral hearses carrying the remains of the victims of the MH17 plane crash is driven from the airbase in Eindhoven to Hilversum, the Netherlands, on Thursday. Two more planes carrying bodies are scheduled to arrive on Friday. Photo: EPA

Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from MH17 disaster arrived in the Netherlands as Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a UN team to secure the crash site.

25 Jul 2014 - 5:33pm

Fighting rages near flight MH17 crash site, frustrating investigations

A week after flight MH17 was shot down, wreckage from the Boeing 777 is strewn over a wide area, such as overhead lockers in trees. Photo: AP

A Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down flight MH17, and it could have originated in Russia.

25 Jul 2014 - 5:45pm 1 comment

MH17 voice recorder in good condition, say aviation experts

International Civil Aviation Organization says cockpit voice recorder is in good condition as the digital flight data recorder is still under review. Photo: Reuters

The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the UN civil aviation body said on Wednesday, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts.

25 Jul 2014 - 5:12pm

United States presents fresh evidence on MH17 downing, but remains unsure on who fired missile

Images of the Russian base near Rostov. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The Obama administration released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials said proved Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack.

24 Jul 2014 - 8:11am 3 comments

Kiev accuses Russia of shooting down fighter jets near flight MH17 crash site

Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter planes, seen at Baghdad airport. Photo: Reuters

Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down yesterday, not far from where a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:33pm 10 comments

First plane carrying bodies of MH17 victims arrives in Netherlands as nation mourns

Ukrainian soldiers carry coffins with the remains of victims of the MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv. Photo: AFP

The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, with grieving relatives and the king and queen solemnly receiving the as yet unidentified victims.

24 Jul 2014 - 12:31pm 3 comments

Book of condolence for victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 opens in Hong Kong

Australian Air Force cadets sign the book of condolence this morning in Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hongkongers, including the city's 90,000 Australian passport holders, have been invited to pay their respects to the victims of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, after the Australian consulate in Wan Chai opened a public condolence book.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:08am 1 comment

MH17 crash a wake-up call to stop the supply of weapons to insurgents

Armed rebel soldiers standing guard at the crash site in eastern Ukraine. Photo: EPA

The crash of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine has brought into focus the horrors of a conflict in which powerful countries play proxy games.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:40am

Pro-Russia rebels may have shot down MH17 by mistake, says US official

An armed pro-Russia separatist stands guard at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Photo: Reuters

The MH17 jet may have been shot down by 'mistake' by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, US intelligence officials said, as Malaysia sent black boxes to Britain for analysis.

23 Jul 2014 - 4:56pm 3 comments