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Savon Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Airlines underestimated the danger

The final report clearly exposes the failures of the airlines, the liberal daily Savon Sanomat explains: "The question of guilt has not been clarified. Perhaps we will get more clarity once the ongoing criminal investigation concludes in the course of the next few years. But the Dutch investigators' report has uncovered one serious mistake. Even though there had been fighting in eastern Ukraine and several military aircraft had already been shot down in the region, the prevailing view was that civilian air travel could continue as usual. This was what the Ukrainian authorities, Malaysia Airlines and another 60 airlines whose planes were flying at a height of around 10 kilometres in the air space over eastern Ukraine believed. That way of thinking must never be repeated."

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