Statement on Malaysia Airlines MH17

Today the European pilots were shocked by the news that a Malaysian Commercial Aircraft was shot down over Ukraine by a surface to air missile.

“Our first thoughts go to the relatives and friends of the 290 passengers and of the 15 crew members and colleagues on board of the Malaysian flight MH17,” says Nico Voorbach, President of the European Cockpit Association.

The route flown by the lost Malaysian aircraft is the most common route for flights from Europe to South East Asia. ECA will follow the developments closely and calls upon European authorities to take immediate measures to secure all the flights overflying that region.

For further information, please contact:
Nico Voorbach, ECA President, Tel: +32 491 378 982
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