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.  

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.

Thursday, 24 July, 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

Malaysia Airlines plane rerouted from Ukraine in wake of MH17 disaster - to Syria

A satellite image of the flight MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine. The route over the country had been declared safe by the UN. Photo: Reuters

A no-fly area declared in eastern Ukraine after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is a rare restriction shared with rogue states like North Korea, prompting some airlines to question whether rules for flights over war zones need tightening.

23 Jul 2014 - 1:27am 3 comments

Malaysians rally outside embassies in first major public expression of outrage over MH17

The rally was organised by the youth wing of UMNO. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Malaysians demonstrated outside the Russian and Ukrainian embassies in Kuala Lumpur yesterday demanding justice over a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.

23 Jul 2014 - 6:17pm

Russia backs UN resolution demanding international access to MH17 crash site

Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly  Churkin (left) speaks with his delegates during a meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo: Reuters

Even as a reluctant Russia backed a UN Security Council resolution demanding international access to the crash site of MH17, military officials in Moscow came out swinging in defence, saying there was evidence suggesting that Ukrainian air defence forces could be to blame for the tragedy and lambasting the west for "unfounded accusations".

23 Jul 2014 - 1:27am

MH17 downing underscores world's dilemma of how to deal with Putin

In reality, not all of the world wants to push Putin too far.

I was in Kuala Lumpur last weekend, where flags flew at half mast for the victims of flight MH17 and the key terms in the media coverage seemed to be "outrage" and "damning".

23 Jul 2014 - 4:09am 11 comments

Will Malaysia Airlines recover from disaster? Here are 5 companies which never did

Photo taken in April, 2013, shows Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER at Narita Airport, near Tokyo. Photo: AP

As rescuers continue to search for bodies at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, many are questioning whether the airline, still reeling from the disappearance of flight 370, can survive.

22 Jul 2014 - 5:21pm

Train with remains of MH17 crash victims arrives in Ukraine’s Kharkiv

A Ukrainian policeman watches as a train carrying the remains of Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims arrives in Kharkiv. Photo: Reuters

A train carrying some 280 bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived on Tuesday in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

22 Jul 2014 - 7:43pm 1 comment

Russian billionaires fear more sanctions over downing of MH17

One Russian billionaire warned that if Putin (pictured) doesn't move to end the war in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in rebel-held territory, he risks becoming an international outcast. Photo: AP

Russia's richest businessmen are increasingly frantic that President Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine will lead to crippling sanctions - but are too scared of reprisals to say so publicly.

22 Jul 2014 - 10:30am 1 comment

Rebels to give Malaysia black boxes from downed flight MH17, Najib says

A Ukrainian coal miner takes part in a search of the sprawling site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down. Photo: Reuters

Recovery crews retrieved more bodies yesterday from the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, as Dutch experts began inspecting the corpses.

22 Jul 2014 - 4:28pm

Who are the Ukrainian rebel leaders accused over downing of flight MH17?

Bezler (left), Kozitsyn and Strelkov reportedly discussed the downing. Photos: Reuters, SCMP Pictures

As the world searches for answers over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, suspicion has fallen on the leaders of the pro-Russia rebels, who shot down three Ukrainian government planes last week.

21 Jul 2014 - 11:02pm

International law can provide answers to vital questions about flight MH17

There seems little doubt MH17 was shot from the sky by a surface-to-air missile. Photo: Reuters

As the world continues to absorb the shock of the destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and its 298 passengers and crew, there are two questions which are foremost in almost everyone's mind.

22 Jul 2014 - 1:41am

Can Malaysia Airlines salvage its brand in wake of MH370 and MH17 disasters?

Some analysts say Malaysia Airlines won’t survive a year without a substantial cash injection from the Malaysian government. Photo: Reuters

Bailout would address immediate financial problems but without far-reaching changes airline could remain a burden on taxpayers and shrivel into regional obscurity. Experts give their views on the airline’s crisis.

21 Jul 2014 - 2:28pm 4 comments

'My parents are watching from heaven': Son pays tribute to Hong Kong chef and mother killed on MH17

Kevin Fan paid tribute to his family on Facebook, writing in Dutch and Chinese. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The only son of a celebrated chef from Hong Kong who died on the downed Malaysia Airlines jet has vowed to carry on his father's Rotterdam restaurant business "with a smile".

22 Jul 2014 - 10:41am