The shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, killing all 298 innocent citizens onboard, never should have happened. Even more awful to contemplate, it could have been worse. On that tragic July day, Flight MH17 was on its correct and designated flight path, with full authorization from ATM controllers. As instructed, it was above the 32,000-ft. ceiling as it flew over the war zone in Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels had been fighting for some months. Other airliners were in the ...

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