[Aviation Today July 17, 2014] Malaysian Airlines (MAS) has confirmed that a Boeing
777 passenger jet lost contact with Ukranian Air Traffic Controllers while flying over the Russia-Ukraine border. Ukraine's President Petro O. Poroshenko confirmed the crash and called for an investigation.
According to the airline, the aircraft, flight MH17, departed Amsterdam at 12:15 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6:10 a.m. the next day. The flight was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers onboard.
The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) issued a statement on MH17, stating that "based on the information currently available, it is believed that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions."
also issued a statement pledging its support for the families of the passengers and crewmembers on the flight.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the Malaysia Airlines airplane lost over Ukrainian airspace, as well as their families and loved ones.
Boeing stands ready to provide whatever assistance is requested by authorities," Boeing said.
issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to all U.S. carriers in April prohibiting flight operations over the Crimean region of Ukraine and additional areas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. That NOTAM is still in effect today.
Developments surrounding the story are still being monitored, and Malaysia Airlines has indicated it will issue an update on the incident when more information becomes available.