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.  

Missile hit on MH17 required 'extensive training': military experts

A masked armed separatist poses for a photograph near the site of the crash. Photo: AFP

Whoever fired the surface-to-air missile that brought down a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine would have needed extensive training to execute the mission, according to military experts.

Monday, 21 July, 2014, 6:41am 1 comment

Airliners reflect a nation's personality, but prestige can turn to shame

Students in Yangzhou , Jiangsu province, hold a candlelight vigil for those who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Photo: Reuters

The airliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline.

21 Jul 2014 - 6:38am

Singapore Airlines apologises for ‘insensitive’ MH17 social media post

Groundstaff prepare a Malaysia Airlines plane for departure at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has apologised for posting an “insensitive” comment on social media about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in crisis-stricken eastern Ukraine.

Hours after the Boeing 777-200 passenger jet with 298 people on board went down on Thursday, believed shot by a surface-to-air missile, SIA posted a one-line statement on Facebook and Twitter.

20 Jul 2014 - 5:49pm 2 comments

Dutch forensic experts begin examining MH71 bodies

Dutch forensic experts begin examining MH71 bodies

Dutch forensic experts on Monday began examining the bodies from the MH17 plane disaster, as world leaders denounced the “shambolic” state of the crash site left in the hands of pro-Russian rebels.

21 Jul 2014 - 6:43pm 13 comments

UN draft resolution calls for access to MH17 crash site in Ukraine

Wreckage is pictured at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Photo: Reuters

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution to condemn the “shooting down” of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine, demand armed groups allow access to the crash site, and call on states in the region to cooperate with an international investigation.

20 Jul 2014 - 5:50pm

INFOGRAPHIC: In the wake of MH17, aerial routes between Europe and Hong Kong between July 6 and 18

INFOGRAPHIC: In the wake of MH17, aerial routes between Europe and Hong Kong between July 6 and 18

If you flew between Western Europe and Hong Kong recently, did your aircraft pass over a war zone?

21 Jul 2014 - 12:10pm 1 comment

Reporter quits Russian TV channel over Malaysia Airlines crash coverage

Sara Firth resign from RT in protest against its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash.

A London-based reporter for Russia's state-owned English-language channel RT has quit in protest against its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine.

20 Jul 2014 - 6:36am 2 comments

United Nations aviation body denies it can close global air routes

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (left) said earlier that the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had shut the route.

The UN's aviation body said it did not have the authority to close global air routes, seeking to distance itself from responsibility after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

20 Jul 2014 - 6:36am

Russia can't wash its hands of blame for MH17 crash, Tony Abbott says

Australian flags fly at half mast in Sydney yesterday. Photo: EPA

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Russia could not "wash its hands of responsibility" for the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine as flags flew at half mast to honour the Australians killed.

20 Jul 2014 - 6:36am 3 comments

Stakes high for Obama and Putin amid fallout from shooting down of MH17

A member of Australia's Ukrainian community raises a placard at a rally in Sydney yesterday. Photo: AFP

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have been left with tough choices to make following the shooting down of flight MH17 over separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.

20 Jul 2014 - 2:06pm 9 comments

Malaysia Airlines offers full refunds on trips booked to the end of the year

The carrier was already struggling financially. Photo: AP

Malaysia Airlines is offering full refunds to passengers with bookings up to the end of the year after losing its second aircraft in four months when MH17 was shot down.

20 Jul 2014 - 6:35am

Relatives of MH17 dead cling to memories of loved ones as they grieve

All six members of Tambi Jiee's family perished. Photo: SMP

Malaysian Airlines flight attendant Sanjid Singh was not scheduled to work on doomed Flight MH17, but had swapped duties with a colleague - just months after his wife, also an attendant, switched shifts to avoid Flight MH370, which went missing.

20 Jul 2014 - 6:35am

80 children were on board flight MH17, UN says, as rebels 'attempt to destroy crash evidence'

The body of a victim is carried away from the crash site. Photo: AFP

Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of destroying evidence of "international crimes" as insurgents and foreign observers faced off over access to the wreckage of a downed Malaysian airliner.

20 Jul 2014 - 3:42pm 32 comments

Aids conference vows to honour colleagues killed in MH17 downing

International AIDS Society president Françoise Barre-Sinoussi said six colleagues heading for the conference were on the flight that came down over Ukraine, not 100 as earlier reports had suggested. Photo: AFP

Delegates at a global Aids conference vowed on Saturday to renew efforts to end the deadly disease in honour of the commitment of colleagues killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 came down over Ukraine.

19 Jul 2014 - 4:59pm 2 comments

Urgent need to find the truth about MH17

Rescuers work at the crash site of MH17 of Malaysian Airlines near the city of Shakhtarsk in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Photo: Xinhua

Crucial questions abound about the tragic apparent shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

19 Jul 2014 - 4:04am 4 comments