Home > News > Nation
Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 6:17:00 PM
Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 6:19:50 PM
by victoria brown
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) does not believe it made a mistake in continuing with the usual flight path over Ukraine because it had been deemed safe by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), said the airline's director of operations Capt Izham Ismail at a press conference, Saturday.
“I feel that we did not make a mistake. The Notice to Airmen (Notam) was published with a restriction of 22,000 feet and we requested to fly at 35,000 feet, and air traffic control told us to fly at 33,000,” said Capt Izham.
He said that the ICAO is the highest body in terms of aviation safety, and that it had deemed the flight path MH17 took safe for travel.
“ICAO are responsible to come up with the notice to airmen to warn the industry of any conflict and dangers,” he said.
When asked about other airlines avoiding the airspace above Ukraine, Capt Izham said that those were decisions made by the individual airlines based on their own individual analysis.
MH17 disappeared from radar screens in eastern Ukraine at around 1415 GMT on Thursday, hours after taking off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport bound for Kuala Lumpur.
The Boeing 777 is believed to have been shot down 50km from the Ukraine-Russia border.
Tags / Keywords:
MH17 crash, MAS, Ukraine, flight path
MH17: Stronger rules needed on flight path, says MAS
MH17 crash: Plane in airspace approved by ICAO, says MAS
MAS official: Stronger rules needed on flight paths
MH17 crash: ICAO sending team to Ukraine
MH17 crash: MAS to send 40-member team to Amsterdam to help next-of-kin, says Liow
Rizalman extradited to New Zealand
Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail marries Khaleeda
IGP: Nabbed Colombians not linked to ATM hackings
Penang bans foreign cooks of hawker food
Najib wants R&D efforts to match demand
Mystery of missing Italian businessman deepens
Hon Hai says reviewing investments after media reports on US$5.7bil China plant
Tickets to 'Elmo Makes Music'
MyTeksi calls for ‘level playing field’ to compete with Uber
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)