MH17

Hey New Zealand! “What’s on your Bucket List?” asks Malaysian Airlines

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You can’t make this up – it can only be real

Malaysia Airlines has changed the name of a ticket-sale promotion that invoked an “inappropriate” death reference by asking travellers which places were on their “bucket list”.

The airline had offered prizes, including free round-trip flights to Malaysia from Australia and New Zealand, in a contest called “My Ultimate Bucket List”, despite 537 people being killed in two air accidents involving the airline this year.

A bucket list refers to things someone wants to do before dying, or “kicking the bucket”.

The fact anyone still books tickets with Malaysian is a miracle, so perhaps that will offset the bad luck, right?   Read more »

The (stupid) face of naked greed

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That man looked at the MH17 crash and thought… “now, that’s a great source of inspiration for art”.

Yes, art.

Or maybe, he was just after a quick buck?  Cherie Howie will help you decide:

A man who bought a personalised plate bearing the flight number of downed Malaysia Airlines’ jetliner MH17 says his purchase is a “priceless piece of art”.

Massey delivery driver Russell Montaperto spent $650 for the plate a few days after the plane was shot down while flying over a region of Ukraine under the control of Russian separatists.

Australia-based Kiwi Mary Menke and British-born Otaki man Robert Ayley were among 298 killed in the atrocity.

Montaperto hasn’t had the plate made yet, and was not sure when that would happen, but he had no doubt it was something he wanted.

“It’s like a priceless piece of art. When people see that, it means something to them … because it’s part of history that has affected the whole world.”

I guess I left another option out.  He could also me a complete moron.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images A convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014, after a ceremony following the arrival of a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane with the first bodies of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site.

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A convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014, after a ceremony following the arrival of a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane with the first bodies of the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine. The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner’s crash site.

Why Bringing Bodies Home Matters

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Civilian? No weapons… Well, then it was bringing spies! (MH17 phone calls)

Listen to the people who may have been involved in shooting down MH17 looking for anything that can justify the mistake in military terms…

BREAKING: provisional report of 1 New Zealander on board downed flight MH17 [ LIVE UPDATES ]


A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane has been shot down on the Russian-Ukraine border, killing all 295 people on board, according to a Ukrainian interior ministry official.

Flight MH17, which was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew, was flying between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur after taking off at lunchtime today.

Read our earlier live reports here.  It contains a lot of background information, some of it superseded, but most of it still useful.


LIVE UPDATING CLOSED.  Any further major updates will happen via their own posts, minor updates via Daily Roundup and or the general debate posts.

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Phone call transcript via Kyiv Post

First call:

Igor Bezler: We have just shot down a plane. Group Minera. It fell down beyond Yenakievo (Donetsk Oblast).

Vasili Geranin: Pilots. Where are the pilots?

IB: Gone to search for and photograph the plane. It’s smoking.

VG: How many minutes ago?

IB: About 30 minutes ago.

Second call (approx 40 minutes later)   Read more »

MH370 now joined by MH17 – Malaysian Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine [ UPDATED]

UPDATED  (LIVE REPORTING CONTINUES HERE)

9:16am

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman says the airline does not operate any routes that fly over Ukraine, nor does it have a passenger sharing arrangement with airlines that do.

9:06am

More of a “no news’ update:  MFaT still unable to comment on New Zealand passenger numbers on MH17.

9:00am

Schiphol reports: 154 Dutch; 27 Australian; 23 Malaysia; 11 Indonesia; 6 UK; 4 Germany; 4 Belgium; 3 Philippines; 1 Canada; 47 unknown.  All 15 crew members were Malaysian.

8:54am

Press conference in The Netherlands from Shiphol.

8:41am
Press conference audio


8:49am

Passengers are from Netherlands with 143 passengers. Australia comes in second with 27 passengers. There were 11 Indonesian passengers and one infant on-board the ill-fated flight. Britain has six passengers, France and Germany have four each, Belgium have three and Canada one. Nationalities of the other 58 passengers were not stated in the list. 

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UNCONFIRMED  – Nationalities Passenger details Netherlands 143 Australian 27 Malaysian 20 (including 2 infants) Indonesian 11 (including 1 infant) Read more »