Crashed Malaysia Airlines plane wasn’t alone in Ukrainian airspace (Wired UK)

The crashed Malaysia plane wasn’t alone in Ukraine’s airspace

Flightradar 24

A Boeing 777 operated by Malaysia Airlines crashed in eastern
Ukraine yesterday evening. Local authorities are saying the plane was shot down and that all 295 people aboard were

The plane’s route had been closed by Ukrainian authorities below
32,000 feet, but the Malaysia plane was flying at approximately
33,000 feet when it crashed, according to
, an international air traffic management

Fewer flights have crossed through Ukrainian airspace in the
past month, but there has still been plenty of traffic, says Mikael
Robertsson, co-founder of flight tracking website Flightradar24.
There were two other planes within 10 minutes of the Malaysia 777
in its final moments, so it’s not as if everyone had been avoiding
the area.

FlightRadar24 provided the tracking information for the flight,
which took off from Amsterdam and was headed for Kuala Lumpur. You
can see, in the screenshot, it disappears about 25 miles before
reaching the Russian border. Note that there are other planes

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