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Twitter, Facebook spammers exploit MH17 crash

Twitter, Facebook spammers exploit MH17 crash

Scammers are using the MH17 disaster in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links, online security experts have warned. A link to a pornographic website disguised as a video of the Malaysia Airlines crash was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to one victim. Many tweets have been posted that appeared to report the disaster, but...

Indian plane tried to contact downed Malaysia MH17: report

An Air India plane flying less than 25 kilometres from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 when it was downed had tried to make contact with the pilots, a newspaper said yesterday. The Times of India said Ukrainian air traffic controllers had asked the Air India pilots to try and establish contact with the Malaysia Airlines jet, which had stopped responding to its calls. The Air India plane, which was flying from Delhi to Birmingham and was less than 25 kilometres (15.5 miles)...

Kerry points finger at Russia over MH17 crash

Kerry points finger at Russia over MH17 crash

US Secretary of State John Kerry says there is overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine. Kerry called on Russia to take responsibility for the actions of the rebels, saying their handling of the dead had been "grotesque". All 298 people on flight MH17 died when it...

Putin blames others for exploiting MH17 crash

Putin blames others for exploiting MH17 crash

Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out Monday against those who he said were exploiting the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives." Putin said Russia was doing everything possible to allow a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency, to investigate the scene. He also...

Malaysia Airlines bans use of MH17 flight number

Malaysia Airlines bans use of MH17 flight number

Malaysia Airline says it is retiring the flight number of the plane that was shot down over Ukraine. The carrier said in a statement that as of Friday, it will no longer use MH17 to identify any of its Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flights, reports Mail Online. Instead of MH17, the Airline will use flight number MH19...

Plane tragedy creates dilemma for Putin

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has confronted Vladimir Putin with a dilemma he had sought to avoid: to continue to support the separatist insurgency in Ukraine in the face of a storm of international outrage, or cut the rebels off and allow them to be defeated by the government in Kiev. Until the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, killing nearly 300 people, the Russian president had tried to hedge his bets according to...

Mh17 Crash

Few Facts You May Want To Know

Few Facts You May Want To Know

Was the plane shot down? All evidence so far says yes. According to a senior American official, a US radar system saw a surface-to-air missile system turn on and track an aircraft right before plane went down. A second system saw a heat signature, which would indicate a missile rising from the ground into...

Malaysian Airlines offer compensation

Malaysia Airlines has offered a full refund to any passenger booked to fly with the airline before the end of the year – so long as they apply by next Thursday, 24 July. In its latest statement on the MH17 tragedy, the carrier says: “Passengers who wish to postpone or cancel their travel plans can obtain a refund, including for non-refundable tickets.” Travellers can also amend departure dates without charge. Starting next Friday, it's Amsterdam-KL daily departure will be changed from...

Without radar, missile may not have identified MH17

Without radar, missile may not have identified MH17

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was brought down by an SA-11 missile fired from an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. UN Ambassador Samantha Power said the Russians might have provided technical help to the rebels to operate the systems. But to function correctly, an SA-11 launcher, also known as a Buk, is supposed to be connected to a central radar command — as opposed to acting alone — to be...

DNA collection begins to identify MH17 victims

DNA collection begins to identify MH17 victims

Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands yesterday to collect material that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine. Families and friends of the dead huddled to console one another at churches, schools and sports clubs across the nation. Altius, a small...

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