'No Indian On Board Ill-Fated Malaysian Plane'

Published: 18th July 2014 12:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2014 12:37 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Terming as "unfortunate" the loss of lives in the Malaysian airline tragedy, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said there was no Indian on board the plane.

He also said that the government has already asked all Indian airlines not to overfly Ukraine.

"It is unfortunate that this incident has happened. As far as our information, no Indians were on the flight. It is an unfortunate incident. No Indian citizen was on board," Raju told reporters here.

All 298 people on board the Malaysian plane were killed yesterday after the jet was shot down by "terrorists" over war-torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

The Minister said, "We have to be safe with our citizens...Our citizens are our concern. India has alerted its own airlines Jet or Air India and they are avoiding Ukraine as of now. We are happy with the information that we have got that no Indian citizen's life has been lost."

Aviation regulator, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had yesterday issued instructions to Air India and Jet Airways, the only two Indian carriers that fly to Europe and North America, to avoid Ukrainian airspace while flying to and from destinations in both the continents.

An Air India official had said they would abide by any international advisory "to avoid airspace over conflict zone like Ukraine".

Ukraine airspace is among the busiest as flights connecting Europe and Asia transit through this region.

 

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