KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 Malaysia Airlines filed a
flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000 feet throughout Ukraine
airspace but was instructed by Ukraine air traffic control to
fly at 33,000 feet upon entry, it said in a statement late on
"MH17 filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000 feet
throughout Ukrainian airspace. This is close to the 'optimum'
altitude," the airline said.
"However, an aircraft's altitude in flight is determined by
air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian
airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control
to fly at 33,000 feet."
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala
Lumpur was downed in Ukraine on Thursday.
(Reporting by Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah; Editing by Robert Birsel)