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Singapore Airlines flights not using Ukraine airspace

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 published an image showing an SIA flight 25km from where MH17 was last seen on radar.

SINGAPORE: Following news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Singapore Airlines (SIA) said on July 18 (Friday) that its aircraft have been rerouted away from Ukrainian airspace.

“Customers may wish to note that Singapore Airlines flights are not using Ukraine airspace,” SIA said in a Facebook post early Friday morning. “Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of MH17, and their families,” it added in a separate post.

In a statement to the media, a Singapore Airlines spokesperson added:

"We are deeply saddened by what has happened and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those on board MH17.

"Singapore Airlines is no longer using Ukrainian airspace.

"We generally have a number of pre-existing flight paths for our flights to and from the destinations that we are operating to. At this point, we are no longer using the Ukrainian airspace and have re-routed all our flights to alternative flight paths that are away from the region.

"In line with aviation safety and security protocols, we will however not provide specific information on the flight path of any particular flight prior to flight departure."

FlightRadar24, a website that provides global flight tracking, earlier published an image showing an SIA flight close to where MH17 was last seen on radar. Flight SQ351 and Air India flight AI113 were about 25km from the Malaysia Airlines jet when it disappeared, according to FlightRadar24.

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