October 15, 2015 6:49am CST
A couple of days ago, I couldn't help bringing up this topic after watching both news channels CNN and BBC, for their coverage on the MH17 investigation results. In brief, it was a commercial passenger jet which was being shot down while flying over Ukrainian airspace from some Russian supported military force armed with Russian surface to air missile, killing all passengers and crew on board. So now, the investigators are looking for the parties responsible for firing the missile and Russia is responsible for supplying the missile. I cannot help wondering how in the hell these investigators will ever gonna get the one that fired the missile, who gave the order, who was monitoring the air space and made a call to shoot down the plane. Then, there is the supplier where is Putin going to be tried for being a conspirator since he is the leader of the Russia and without his blessed approval the missile could not have been in the hands of some irresponsible lunatic. Last but not least, the speaker appointed to announce the findings mentioned another considerable point about the reasons for not closing the airspace over such a volatile place. To that I believe the FAA and International Air Transport Association comes to mind where it is unthinkable for them to bar specific airspace over countries who are at war. Not one moment did I see that there will be any closure to this fatal incident and bringing the responsible parties to answer to this atrocity. It is really a sad day for justice here.
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16 Oct 15
I am far to be a fan of Putin, but I would not accuse him of anything here. It was under the responsibility of Ukraine to forbid commercial flights on the Eastern part of their territory, and they have just did it after this drama. Many companies, including Asian companies (Korean Air, Asiana, China Airlines in Taiwan) had already decided to stop to fly in this area to not put their passengers at risk. I don't understand why some companies were still playing with the life of their passengers and were continuing to fly over a country in war only to save a few liters of gas.
18 Oct 15
I don't think airline companies could really do much other than telling their pilots from taking the airspace above warring countries. Flight plans comes from the airport's flight planner and they should not have given this choice because sometimes pilots simply would take it once some situation arises. FAA and IATA should be more active here.
18 Oct 15
@artemeis Any company can tell to its pilots to not fly above a designated risk area (and many did it in Ukraine). It is the pilot that files a flight plan, not the air control. It is true that the air control can modify it, but any pilot can refuse a modified flight plan if it puts his plane at risk, whatever the reason (bad weather or a war underneath).
24 Oct 15
@topffer If the flight plans does not have this particular airspace then the pilots on board wouldn't be able to decide and go for this risky route. I'm sure you will agree with me that like a child, parents like us will never let them have to make a choice for harmful stationery or toys. So, the international authority here is equally responsible.
24 Oct 15
@changjiangzhibin89 I'm happy to have your response here again. Hope all's well with your family and you. I believe everyone in that missile incident should stand trial regardless whether it was an accident which will be homicide or intentional where it will be a war crime. Everyone from the high command right down to that guy at the switch should be arrested and tried. In addition, the international bodies who are responsible for the flight plans and airport control should be accountable as well. They have the knowledge where even a 10 year old would know about the modern surface to air armaments of today and should never put up flight plans for airspace in severe war zones and countries. It is simply courting with the inevitable. If the airspace of Ukraine had been withdrawn this fatal incident would not have happened.
20 Oct 15
If it is like that that they will still find who is responsible for the missile , then it will take many many years to be resolved. What should have been done is to declare that flying zone a dangerous one so planes will not pass by there if ever .
20 Oct 15
I am pessimistic on the authorities being able to find the one who fired the missile and the one that ordered the hit. Everything that should have been done like the due consideration on war zone airspace and what not are all but too late. How could this arrived to this stage?
15 Oct 15
I know for a fact that the US satellite technology has that capability that you mentioned but it could not be used to help with the investigations since there is no US citizen on board and the sensitive issue that the said satellite could be deemed as spying on foreign sovereignty. However, I'm very disappointed with airspace, air safety and other aviation bodies for their failure to prevent this avoidable disaster.