A Hong Kong resident surnamed Fan, 50, and his wife with a Malaysian passport were among the 298 passengers and crew on the Malaysian Airlines jet that crashed in Ukraine, the Hong Kong Immigration Department said on Friday. The plane was reportedly shot down with a missile.
The Hong Kong government said it will offer help to the victims’ family.
Several international airlines, including Australia’s Qantas Airways and South Korea’s two major carriers, have shifted the route taken by flights operating over the Ukrainian air space months ago amid increasing tensions between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels, Reuters reported.
The airlines took the security precaution despite there being no official ban from regulators on flying through the area, even as other carriers continued to use the route.
“Although the detour adds to flight time and cost, we have been making the detour for safety, and until the Ukrainian situation is over we will continue to take the detour route for our cargo flight out of Brussels,” an Asiana Airlines spokeswoman told Reuters.
Meanhwile, airline operators around the world imposed a no fly zone over Ukraine as questions grew over why passenger jets were still flying over the war zone three months after pilots were warned to avoid it.
Flights have been re-routed around the region, putting extra hours onto scheduled journeys and causing delays.
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