Malaysia Airlines Changes Routes Around Eastern Ukraine

The decision comes as the airline tries to counsel grieving relatives after losing its second Boeing 777 in four months.
2:17 | 07/18/14

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You know, when we first heard the Malaysia airlines lost another plane, we thought, it just couldn't be after the loss of flight 370. David Kerley is at Los Angeles international airport with more on that strange and sad coincidence. Good morning, David. Reporter: You know, one financial analyst this morning is questioning whether or not the Malaysia airlines brand can even survive after these two separate disasters in such a short period of time. It's the second time in four months Malaysia airlines is trying to counsel grieving relatives and now more than 500 passengers. It crashed in pieces in eastern Ukraine. The other mh370 still missing believed to be somewhere at the bottom of the Indian ocean, a double disaster just months apart. With flight 17 at least they know how it ended up and what happened to their family members. Reporter: As with other carriers, Malaysia says it will find alternate routes around Ukraine and confirmed there was no distress call and said the airspace was not restricted at the time by international authorities who told airlines they would be safe above 32,000 feet. But some of those vehicle carried missiles can travel twice as high as the Malaysian 777 was flying making it a sitting duck with no warning systems, no way to defend itself. A terrifying prospects for other flights. This same territory as the routes for spots like Bali, Thailand and parts of eastern Europe. After the loss of flight 17, air carriers started flying around the area. Puts a bit of a new spin on the fact that the safest way to travel is in an airplane leaving some passengers wondering. You can't live your life in a cave so you go about your business and do what you're going to do. It's really, really scary because, yeah, we've seen that it's a safe trip but there is this everywhere. Reporter: Years ago the U.S. Government had an American airlines, actually American airlines test an anti-missile system, not against the big vehicle-borne systems but shoulder-launched system and deemed it was too expensive for the threat we face and George and robin, I should mention FBI and ntsb investigators ready to go and help. So far they have not left for Ukraine.

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