Pilots still in the dark about danger zones five years after MH17

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Pilots still in the dark about danger zones five years after MH17

Lack of co-operation from governments and countries in conflict leaves smaller airlines none the wiser about no-go areas

Jamie Freed and Allison Lampert

When Pakistan closed its airspace during conflict with India in February, Malaysia Airlines was not one of the carriers left scrambling to re-route flights because it had already done so two weeks earlier, the carrier’s chief executive said.

Nearly five years after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, carriers like Malaysia Airlines are increasingly taking steps to uncover any threats to their planes.

But concerns persist over inadequate government intelligence sharing and a reluctance by countries involved in conflict to divulge information or sacrifice overflight fees by shutting their skies, safety experts said...

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