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Apparently Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 used a general airway over the east of Ukraine, which currently is 'in conflict'.

What are the 'normal' procedures regarding (not) flying over conflict areas? Who is responsible for an up-to-date risk assessment? Who advises? Who makes the (final) decision?

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Here's an op-ed in the New York Times you might be interested in: nytimes.com/2014/07/19/opinion/… – Speldosa Jul 20 '14 at 15:16

This is horrendous Incident, and my heart goes out to the victims Families who lost their loved ones.

The FAA filed a special Warning flying over Crimea back in April but apparently not where the airplane went down.

The procedure is to avoid flying over (Dead/No fly Zones) which Aviation Authorities are responsible in providing to the Airline companies so they can adjust their flight plans.

FAA Warning over flying over Crimea.

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Planes Flight Path.

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Did the EASA publish a NOTAM for the area as well? – CGCampbell Jul 17 '14 at 22:47
Yes, on the same date (3rd of April) --- aviationnews-online.com/regulatory/… – Tasos Jul 17 '14 at 22:52
Note that the above FDC NOTAM concerns the Crimean peninsula and surrounding airspace, and does not cover the region of current conflicts in eastern Ukraine. – casey Jul 17 '14 at 22:56
@casey -- The Route was closed @ FL320 but the plane was @ FL330 -- by the looks of it there was plenty of traffic on that route -- wired.com/2014/07/… – Tasos Jul 17 '14 at 23:28
@casey Sure but the question is about normal procedures for (not) flying over conflict areas. The NOTAM quoted is an example of such normal procedures. – David Richerby Jul 20 '14 at 9:00

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