Skip to comments.MH17 Crash: Route Used Was Safe, Says Liow
Posted on 07/18/2014 1:35:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The route flown by the downed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 was one approved by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) and had been used by Malaysia Airlines for years, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Liow, who spoke at a press conference at the Sama-Sama Hotel here on Friday denied that MAS had used the route to save on fuel costs.
"The route was an approved path that had been used for ten years by MAS and other aircraft, and 15 out of 16 Asia-Pacific countries use that route which has been determined by the ICAO. There was nothing informing us that the route should not be used. For many years, we have taken the same route and many other countries have also used the same route. In fact during that time, many other aircraft were using the same route," said Liow.
Asked if a terrible mistake has been made by allowing MH17 to pass over the Ukraine, Liow reiterated this route was an ICAO approved route and had received no notice not to use the route by the ICAO.
He repeated this when asked if he would take any responsibility for putting the lives of passengers at risk and for the deaths that occurred.
In a press release, Liow said there were no last-minute instructions given to the pilots to change the route of the flight.
He added that Malaysia Airlines had also released a statement on the aircraft's service record, which showed a clean bill of health.
MH17 disappeared from radar screens in eastern Ukraine at around 1415 GMT on Thursday, hours after the Boeing 777, bound for Kuala Lumpur, had taken off from Amsterdams Schiphol airport.
It is believed to have been shot down 50km from the Ukraine-Russia border.
All 298 passengers and crew on board, including 43 Malaysians, are believed to have perished.
Pro-Russian separatists are currently holding the area
The facts suggest otherwise.
Apparently, it wasn’t safe.
There goes another Russian talking point.
The airline acted stupidly.
My thoughts exactly.
What a stupid thing for that man to say.
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I believe events have shown the word “was” to be more true than “safe”.
These Malaysian officials never seem to learn.
Ask the passengers if the route was safe.
“and had been used by Malaysia Airlines for years”
And for how many of those years was a war going on where surface-to-air missiles being used?
Any route is safe at 33,000 ft unless you have BUK launchers and SAMs on the ground beneath you under the control of Russian thugs named Igor —
The solution is for everyone to give their countries to Putin.
and how many other airlines had been taking that route???
Kinda makes you wonder if someone...George Soros, or of his ilk...is trying to buy an airline cheap. Two major disasters in just a couple of months ought to bring the price down right smartly.
As I tried to explain last night, POLITICS played a huge role in this...
Crimea, where NO fighting was going on was declared “Unsafe”, while Southeastern Ukraine, where aircraft are being shot down daily by surface-to-air missiles was declared “safe”
IMO, the POLITICAL fallout from declaring SE UK to be unsafe would mean admitting a civil war is actually happening, and not an “anti-terrorist operation”.
There is a HUGE political difference in talking points between the two.
Why not, we’re giving ours to central America.
“Kinda makes you wonder if someone...George Soros, or of his ilk...is trying to buy an airline cheap.”
It is a crony-filled, state-supported money-pit, facing stiff competition from discounters all over the region.
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