Ber­lin knew dan­gers be­fore MH17 crash: re­port

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ber­lin knew the risks of fly­ing over war-torn east Ukraine be­fore Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky last year but did not in­form Ger­man air­lines, lo­cal me­dia re­ported on Sun­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are still try­ing to de­ter­mine who was re­spon­si­ble for down­ing the Malaysia Air­lines Boe­ing 777 in July last year, killing all 298 pas­sen­gers and crew on board.

A diplo­matic ca­ble by Ger­many’s for­eign min­istry a few days be­fore the crash warned the sit­u­a­tion in eastern Ukraine was “wor­ry­ing,” and a mil­i­tary plane was shot down in the same area at more than 6,000 me­ters altitude, broad­cast­ers WDR and NDR said.

The day of the MH17 crash “three Lufthansa air­craft also flew over the area, in­clud­ing one only 20 min­utes be­fore Flight MH17,” Sud­deutsche Zeitung said in ex­tracts of an ar­ti­cle to be pub­lished Mon­day.

Ukraine and the West have claimed that sep­a­ratists shot down the plane us­ing a BUK sur­face- to- air mis­sile sup­plied by Rus­sia — a charge de­nied by Moscow and the rebels, who have in turn blamed Kiev.

Dutch au­thor­i­ties are head­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the causes of the ac­ci­dent.

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