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Ukraine closes air space over its eastern regions

July 18, 2014, 2:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, July 18, /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s authorities have closed air space over the country’s eastern regions after the Thursday crash of a Malaysian Boeing, Eurocontrol (European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation) press service said on Friday.

As of now, all flight plans over the Dnepropetrovsk flight zone are turned down by Eurocontrol until further notice.

A source in air traffic controller circles told Itar-Tass that Eurocontrol is only authorized to recommend air companies not to make flights. It is in the competence of Ukraine’s air traffic service to close Ukraine’s air space.

A Boeing-777 of the Malaysian Airlines that was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, disappeared from the radars and crashed on Thursday evening near the settlement of Grabovo in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. All those who were onboard the plane - 280 passengers and 15 crew members - died. According to preliminary data, passengers included citizens of the Netherlands, the United States, Great Britain, France, and Malaysia. According to Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov, there were no Russians among the passengers.

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