FAA Prohibits Flying Over Eastern Ukraine
Death Toll Rises to 298 in Malaysia Air Crash
As a result of the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which the Ukrainian government has termed a terrorist attack, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airman, often referred to as a Notam, that prohibits U.S. airlines from flying in the airspace over eastern Ukraine.
The restricted area includes the entire Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk flight information regions and is an expansion of prohibitions in the area that were first issued in April, prohibiting flight operations over the Crimean region of Ukraine and adjacent areas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
According to a statement from the FAA, no scheduled U.S. airlines are currently flying routes through this airspace.
The ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 crashed over the east Ukraine region of Donetsk had 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board, for a total of 298. Earlier reports indicated that 295 people had been on board.
It was likely struck by a surface-to-air missile, U.S. intelligence sources said
Malaysia Airlines said that contact with the flight was lost approximately 31 miles (50 kilometers) from the Russia-Ukraine border. The airline, via Twitter, said it would release the passenger manifest once the relatives of passengers on board the flight had been notified.
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