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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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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    $\begingroup$ Did the EASA publish a NOTAM for the area as well? $\endgroup$
    – CGCampbell
    Jul 17, 2014 at 22:47
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, on the same date (3rd of April) --- aviationnews-online.com/regulatory/… $\endgroup$
    – Tasos
    Jul 17, 2014 at 22:52
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Jul 17, 2014 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ @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/… $\endgroup$
    – Tasos
    Jul 17, 2014 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ Jul 20, 2014 at 9:00

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