Airlines Avoiding Flights Over Malaysia Airlines Crash Site; Check Flight Status With Your Airline

Cathay Pacific Airways is one of the airlines which intends to avoid flights through the airspace over Ukraine until further notice. Photograph by FlyerTalk member silverm0623. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by silverm0623.

A number of airlines have reported that they are avoiding their aircraft operating flights over the site in eastern Ukraine where the crash of the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 occurred earlier today.

The list of airlines supposedly avoiding the airspace over Ukraine or eastern Ukraine includes but is not necessarily limited to:

  • CSA Czech Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • British Airways, with the exception of the daily Kiev-London route
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Alitalia
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Aeroflot
  • Korean Air
  • Air France
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Transaero, according to FlyerTalk member Temedar, who is based in Moscow


According to the International Air Transport Association, the airspace where the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft crashed “was not subject to restrictions.”

Additionally, the French transport ministry has advised all airlines based in France to avoid the airspace over Ukraine until the exact details and circumstances of the crash of the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 are definitively determined.

A Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has reportedly crashed in Ukraine after been shot down — possibly by a missile, which has fueled speculation by FlyerTalk members that this could have been an accidental casualty of the recent tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

The tragedy earlier today occurred exactly 18 years to the day after an airplane which operated as Trans World Airlines flight 800 crashed shortly after departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. It was initially thought back then that a missile hit that aircraft; but the cause was actually an explosion of the fuel tank which was sparked by a short circuit in the wiring. All 230 people perished aboard that aircraft.

With regard to who are supposedly the perpetrators, “They are not Ukrainian rebels, they are Russians”, claimed FlyerTalk member Andriyko, who is based in Kiev. “If anyone wants to sanction them they should sanction Russia and its president.”

I personally do not intend to speculate on the causes of this incident or any potentially political issues associated with it — just report on what are supposedly the facts pertaining to this developing story; as well as what FlyerTalk members post about it

…but in the meantime, you may want to check with your airline for any delays or cancellations if you have a trip which may be affected by this incident. I have a trip from Amsterdam to Seoul within the next few months; and while I expect my travels to not be affected, I intend to keep an eye on this developing story.

Comments (Showing 4 of 4)

  • KLflyerRalph at 11:59am July 17, 2014

    KLM and Lufthansa as well.

    • Brian Cohen at 12:08pm July 17, 2014

      I added those two airlines to the list, KLflyerRalph. Thank you so much!

  • KLflyerRalph at 12:22pm July 17, 2014

    Further airlines:
    Garuda Indonesia

    • Brian Cohen at 2:47pm July 17, 2014

      Got them. Thank you again!

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