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originally posted by: jaws1975
a reply to: Expat888
I don't think that planes get to chose their own flight paths, I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure air traffic control tells them what the flight path should be.
1. Flight plan MH17’s flight plan was approved by Eurocontrol, who are solely responsible for determining civil aircraft flight paths over European airspace. Eurocontrol is the air navigation service provider for Europe and is governed under ICAO rules. The route over Ukrainian airspace where the incident occurred is commonly used for Europe to Asia flights. A flight from a different carrier was on the same route at the time of the MH17 incident, as were a number of other flights from other carriers in the days and weeks before. Eurocontrol maintains records of all flights across European airspace, including those across Ukraine. In April, the International Civil Aviation Organization identified an area over the Crimean peninsula as risky. At no point did MH17 fly into, or request to fly into, this area. At all times, MH17 was in airspace approved by the ICAO.
MH17 filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000ft throughout Ukrainian airspace. This is close to the ‘optimum’ altitude. However, an aircraft’s altitude in flight is determined by air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control to fly at 33,000ft.
The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that "a significant number of the bodies weren't fresh," adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.
He claimed that a large amount of blood serum and medications were found in the wreckage.
originally posted by: Apollumi
In today's computer flown aircraft could false coordinates been fed to the plane so they flew right into the trouble thinking they were flying around it? Hell, if I was flying that plane and somebody told me they were going to redirect me right over the top of a war zone I'd be screaming over my radio like a raped nun. I tend to fly the one finger salute when I feel somebody greasing my cheeks though.
But come on, what remotely intelligent pilot is going to fly his people right over the top of a war zone? A duped pilot I'm thinking.
originally posted by: Expat888
An attempt to save on additional fuel costs that result from flying a different route ..