Why were commercial planes still flying over Ukraine?

Jul 19, 2014

Why were commercial planes still flying over Ukraine?

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over rebel-held eastern Ukraine has raised questions over why the company persisted in flying in conflict-zone airspace that many other Asian carriers had abandoned months ago. The air corridor over Ukraine has always been a crowded one ...

Fatal disaster strikes airline twice

Jul 18, 2014

Fatal disaster strikes airline twice

by Chris Brummitt

Two Boeing 777s. Two incredibly rare aviation disasters. And one airline. In what appears to be a mind-boggling coincidence, Malaysia is reeling from the second tragedy to hit its national airline in less than five months. On March 8, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner vanished ...

Jul 18, 2014

Some airlines shifted Ukrainian flight routes months ago

Some international airlines, including Australia’s Qantas Airways and South Korea’s two major carriers, Asiana and Korea Air Lines, shifted the route taken by flights operating over Ukrainian airspace months ago amid increasing tensions between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels. The airlines took extra security precautions ...

Jul 18, 2014

Delta stops routing flights through Ukrainian airspace

U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines said Thursday it was no longer sending flights through Ukrainian airspace after the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. “Out of an abundance of caution, Delta is not routing flights through Ukrainian airspace and ...

Two workers held over negligence leading to Moscow subway crash

Jul 17, 2014

Two workers held over negligence leading to Moscow subway crash

Russian investigators said Wednesday they had detained two subway workers over a devastating crash in the Moscow subway that killed 22 people. City authorities declared Wednesday a day of mourning after the worst accident in the metro’s eight-decade history. Moscovites swapped stories of how ...

Urban warfare feared in Ukraine fighting

Jul 17, 2014

Urban warfare feared in Ukraine fighting

Insurgents bade tearful farewells Wednesday as they loaded their families onto Russia-bound buses and began hunkering down for what could be the next phase in Ukraine’s conflict: bloody urban warfare. While the pro-Russian rebels in the east have lost much ground in recent weeks ...

U.S., Europe expand economic sanctions on Russia to hit key energy firms, banks

Jul 17, 2014

U.S., Europe expand economic sanctions on Russia to hit key energy firms, banks

Both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting Ukraine’s rebels “have consequences.” Though the American and European sanctions were coordinated, they nonetheless exposed fissures in ...