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.  

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.

Monday, 21 July, 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

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.

21 Jul 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