ICAO denies closing Ukraine air route after MH17 crash
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ICAO denies closing Ukraine air route after MH17 crash

ICAO denies closing Ukraine air route after MH17 crash

The UN's aviation body has said it did not have the authority to close global air routes, seeking to distance itself from responsibility after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Reuters has reported. This was in response to a statement by Malaysia's transport minister that the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had shut the route after a Malaysian Airline jet was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. "ICAO does not open or close routes. We do not have an operational role," said chief ICAO spokesman Anthony Philbin.
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