US orders airliners to avoid eastern Ukraine airspace

Updated: 2014-07-18 12:51


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US orders airliners to avoid eastern Ukraine airspace 

Live reporting: Malaysian plane downed in Ukraine 
WASHINGTON -- The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday issued a notice prohibiting American airliners from flying to the airspace over eastern Ukraine.

FAA said the restricted area includes the entire Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk flight information regions.

"This action expands a prohibition of US flight operations issued by the FAA in April, over the Crimean region of Ukraine and adjacent areas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov," FAA said in the notice.

No scheduled US airlines are currently flying routes through this airspace, it said.

A Malaysian flight with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board crashed Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border. US officials told media that they concluded the plane was shot down by missiles.