Amsterdam (TheStreet) -- Star-crossed Malaysia Airlines suffered its second fatal accident in five months, apparently because it flew into dangerous air space where flying had not been banned, even though the Federal Aviation Administration warned against flying in nearby Crimea two months earlier.
Malaysia Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia was apparently shot down in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, killing all 295 people aboard. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko blamed a "terrorist act." Both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels in the area denied involvement.
Within hours after the crash, at least three European airlines said they had ceased flying over the area.
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On May 3, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice to airmen prohibiting flight operations in Ukrainian airspace "over the Crimean Peninsula and the associated Ukrainian territorial sea, as well as international airspace managed by Ukraine over the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov."
The area is scores of miles from the area where Flight 17 was shot down. The FAA notice prohibited flying by U.S. airlines, U.S. commercial operations and, with narrow exceptions, pilots certified in the U.S.
The FAA notice was issued not because of a terrorist threat, but rather because of "the potential for civil aircraft to receive confusing and conflicting air traffic control instructions from both Ukrainian and Russian (air traffic control) providers."