As investigators try to identify who was behind the likely downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a myriad of legal issues arise.
Early on, investigators had a problem reaching the crash site to inspect what remained of the flight. These included aviation specialists and forensic investigators.
Looking ahead, there are some longer-term legal issues related to the incident. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai says Malaysia Airline is not liable, according to a report from Time. He also said in a press conference that the flight used “an approved route” — one used by 15 other international air carriers “routinely,” according to a news report.
However, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last month urged “airlines to avoid Ukrainian airspace.” In particular, they cautioned flights about the Simferopol region of Ukraine.