? asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 5 months ago

Flight MH17 was shot down while flying over a war area, is it not standard procedure to divert commercial flights from war zones?

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  • 5 months ago

    Technically it was not a war zone.

  • 5 months ago

    Since the 1930's there haven't been so many civilian aircraft shot down by military anti aircraft units, some 10 or so. However, those that were shot down, caused great lose of life.

    So civilian aircraft don't by intent fly over known war zones, they either stray from their navigational path or become victims of chance or coincidence.

    Some nut with an itchy rocket finger loses contact with sanity and fires a rocket at them or scrambles a jet fighter, piloted by the squadrons biggest head-case.

    Yes, all caution is take to keep civilian-aircraft away from war zones and that was also the case with flight MH17. However, the crash investigation in this instance, has uncovered who the perpetrators are and they will in some-way be brought to justice. That they are Russian, is just coincidence.

  • Flower
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Yes, the Ukraine Security Services gave the pilot no warning about flying into a war zone. Eye witnesses I saw on a TV report in 2015 said the projectile of the missiles were from the West, not Russia. It is easy for the U.S. to fake photos and information to the point that it is obviously fake and amusing. But no one mentions that it would have been foolish for Russia to do such a thing to a civilian aircraft where everyone could see what happened. There was no reason or logic to Russia downing the plane.

    • Land-shark
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Hot-headed Ukranian separatists almost certainly did it. Russia only supplied the equipment. Isn't that how it goes?

  • 5 months ago

    yes but technically we're in WWIII so the whole world is a war zone

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  • 5 months ago

    There was a mistaken belief that the missiles could not reach the cruising height of commercial aircraft and some operators were flying over Donetsk to avoid the cost of diverting. Three Lufthansa planes flew over the area that day, one twenty minutes before MH17.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Of course but they needed bait so they could manufacture a propaganda coup against Russia.

    • Michael
      Lv 5
      5 months agoReport

      So it OK to kill 80 children then? And who wanted propaganda bait? The Dutch?

  • 5 months ago

    yes, but it was discussed at the time, some of the airlines elected not to divert or were not told to - they were quite high over a fairly small area, and planes were not being shot at.

    In the 90's airlines were flying over Afghanistan and the UK Foreign Office had warnings that it felt it unsafe,

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