Malaysia Airlines says changes route for planes

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 2:32 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines says that in the wake of the shooting down of one of its passenger jets over Ukraine, it has changed the route it planes will take on flights to and from Europe.

The airline said in a statement Friday on its website that the flights "will be taking alternative routes avoiding the usual route."

The plane, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, crashed Thursday with 298 people on board Flight 17. American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile brought the aircraft down but it was not yet clear who fired it.

"The usual flight route was earlier declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organization. International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions," the airline said.

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