Flights currently airborne are being routed around the area by air traffic control in the region, a Department for Transport spokesman has said of the Malaysian Airlines crash:
Pilots around the world have been advised to plan routes that avoid the area by Eurocontrol, the European organisation for the safety of air navigation.
Thousands of online users have taken to social media to call for the victims of the Malaysian airliner crash to be returned to loved ones.
United States intelligence officials admitted that they do not know who fired the surface-to-air missile that downed flight MH17.
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