As I drove east from Montevideo on the Ruta Interbalnearia, it astounded me as to how many pedestrians and animals — as well as unsupervised children playing with their toys and bicycles — unabashedly treated the somewhat limited-access highway as though it was their own sidewalk or playground, seemingly oblivious to the occasional vehicle which sped by them.
I needed to be extra alert and careful while heading towards the resort town of Punta del Este, which is located approximately 134 kilometers east of Montevideo at the southernmost point of Uruguay and defines where the Rio de la Plata officially ends at the Atlantic Ocean. It was...
Airlines Avoiding Flights Over Malaysia Airlines Crash Site; Check Flight Status With Your Airline
A number of airlines have reported that they are avoiding their aircraft operating flights over the site in eastern Ukraine where the crash of the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 occurred earlier today.
The list of airlines supposedly avoiding the airspace over Ukraine or eastern Ukraine includes but is not necessarily limited to:
British Airways, with the exception of the daily Kiev-London route
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways
Transaero, according to FlyerTalk member Temedar, who is based in Moscow
According to the International Air Transport Association, the airspace where the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft crashed “was not subject to restrictions.”
Additionally, the French transport ministry has advised all airlines based in France to avoid the airspace over Ukraine until the exact details and circumstances of the crash of the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 are definitively determined.
A Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has reportedly crashed in Ukraine after been shot down — possibly by a missile, which has fueled speculation by FlyerTalk members that this could have been an accidental casualty of the recent tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
The tragedy earlier today occurred exactly 18 years to the day after an airplane which operated as Trans World Airlines flight 800 crashed shortly after departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. It was initially thought back then that a missile hit that aircraft; but the cause was actually an explosion of the fuel tank which was sparked by a short circuit in the wiring. All 230 people perished aboard that aircraft.
With regard to who are supposedly the perpetrators, “They are not Ukrainian rebels, they are Russians”, claimed FlyerTalk member Andriyko, who is based in Kiev. “If anyone wants to sanction them they should sanction Russia and its president.”
I personally do not intend to speculate on the causes of this incident or any potentially political issues associated with it — just report on what are supposedly the facts pertaining to this developing story; as well as what FlyerTalk members post about it…
…but in the meantime, you may want to check with your airline for any delays or cancellations if you have a trip which may be affected by this incident. I have a trip from Amsterdam to Seoul within the next few months; and while I expect my travels to not be affected, I intend to keep an eye on this developing story.